What: Turtle Bay Mauka Lands Community Gardens

Where: Turtle Bay Mauka Lands
57 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kahuku, Hawaii

Time: Turtle Bay Mauka Lands Community Gardens will open to the public in August 2019 with a special blessing ceremony.

Upon its opening, the gardens will be open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. April – September and from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. October – March.

Fees: Each plot will be assessed an annual fee of $50, a monthly fee of $10 and a $20 refundable security deposit.


  1. All gardeners must review and sign the license agreement, liability release waiver and annual fees collected.
  2. The gardens are only open during the posted hours, which are seven days a week from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. April – September and from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. October – March.
  3. Gardeners must provide their own tools and seeds.
  4. Friends and family members are permitted into the gardens, but are under the registered gardener’s responsibility and supervision and must adhere to the rules and regulations.
  5. Children under the age of 14 must be supervised at all times while in the gardens or surrounding areas.
  6. Garden meetings and events will happen throughout the year with all gardeners highly encouraged to participate.
  7. Smoking, chewing tobacco and open flames are prohibited from the gardens.
  8. Drugs, alcohol and other illegal substances are prohibited from the gardens.
  9. Tailgating and loitering are prohibited in the gardens or surrounding areas.
  10. Use of herbicides and other chemicals is prohibited from the gardens or surrounding areas. Use of chemicals means you are immediately forfeiting your plot without a refund.
  11. These are community gardens. Members are expected to partake in certain maintenance in order to ensure the gardens remain a beautiful, well-kept area for everyone. Such maintenance includes:
    1. Maintaining equipment and site in good condition.
    2. Managing and cleaning compost.
    3. Weeding and cleaning the outer edges of the gardens.
    4. Help with the chores posted.
    5. Disposing of all waste in appropriate receptacles, which will be provided.
    6. Participating in three of the six annual clean-up days to facilitate in community cleaning and maintaining of the gardens.
    7. Placing weeds and plant matter into the compost area.
  12. Gardening workshops will be held periodically. However, it is the gardener’s responsibility to research proper gardening techniques and be generous with their learning as the essence of community gardening is the sharing of knowledge.
  13. Plots may be arranged according to gardeners’ preference, but certain regulations do apply, including:
    1. No permanent structures are permitted (concrete, bricks and mortar, etc.) Lockboxes are permitted but must not cross into or shade another plot.
    2. All plants must be kept within the plot boundaries.
    3. Any materials must be brought and removed by the tender.
  14. Gardeners are responsible for maintaining and harvesting their plot. Trading between gardeners is allowed. If a plot is not harvested while the food is ripe, the plot owner must relinquish the rights to the produce, which will be donated or disposed of as appropriate.
  15. Watering, weeding, harvesting and any other garden-related maintenance are all the responsibility of the gardener.
  16. If the gardener is going to be away for an extended amount of time, Pono Pacific must be notified of the extent of the leave. Other gardeners may tend the plot during that period.
  17. Pets are prohibited in the gardens and surrounding areas.
  18. Drip irrigation is strongly recommended for all plots. Water bibs will be provided to each plot. Pono Pacific should be notified if there are any leaks in the plot main water line and gardeners are responsible for checking that all water is turned off when leaving the gardens.
  19. The bulletin board is for garden business only. Soliciting is not allowed.

The rules and regulations are in place to ensure the experience and community remain vibrant and healthy and serve as a positive gardening experience. If a violation occurs, the below will serve as the immediate effects:

  1. If garden rules are ignored, the gardener will be required to forfeit the plot. As outlined below, these are the conditions under which plot forfeiture will occur:
    1. Bringing and/or use of alcohol and/or illegal substances to the gardens.
    2. Plot is not maintained for three weeks.
    3. Transferring or subletting of a plot without Pono Pacific’s approval.
    4. Violation warning(s) are ignored and violations are repeated.
    5. Acting in a threatening or abusive manner, or in a way unbecoming of community cohesiveness, to other members of the community.
  2. When a violation occurs, Pono Pacific will send the registered plot licensee a warning in the mail. The warning will have the details of the violation and the deadline set for the plot licensee to fix the problem.
  3. If the problem is not corrected by the deadline included in the warning, Pono Pacific will issue a second warning. This warning will detail the violation, the deadline for fixing the problem, as well as the consequences of ignoring the warning, which may result in the forfeiture of the plot.
  4. Pono Pacific reserves the right to revoke any plot license at any time.

Compliance with the rules and regulations of the Turtle Bay Mauka Land Community Gardens, detailed here, will ensure that the community thrives and succeeds together. Violations of the rules are regulated by Pono Pacific and will be managed by Pono Pacific staff.