On January 6, 2016, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., HC&S’s parent company, announced that it would be transitioning out of farming sugar and will instead pursue a diversified agricultural model for its 36,000-acre plantation. Sugar operations will be phased out by the end of 2016, and the transition to a new model will occur over a multi-year period.
HC&S is committed to looking for optimal productive agricultural uses for its lands. Under the new diversified model, the plantation is planned to be divided up into smaller farms with varied agricultural uses. Several categories of potential replacement agricultural activities are being evaluated. These include grass-finished livestock operations, energy crops, agroforestry, diversified food crops, and orchard crops, among others.