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Maui’s First State-Licensed Industrial Hemp Farm Blessed on Earth Day

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By Wendy Osher

In celebration of Earth Day, Pacific Biodiesel conducted a blessing today at the site of Maui’s first state-licensed industrial hemp farm.

The 10-acre site is located off of the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Central Maui near Waikapū and is part of the larger 115 acre Biofuel Crop farm that also features sunflowers, safflower and other cover crops.
The farming operation will initially produce full-spectrum industrial hemp extract, including CBD, which is growing in popularity in the beauty and cosmetic industry.
“We’re making cosmetic oils and culinary oils, and those will help to make the price of the fuel economical,” said Bob King, President and Founder of Pacific Biodiesel.
The hemp extract will be manufactured by Imua Energy and distributed by Maiden Hawaii Naturals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel and marketed to cosmetic manufacturers. Maiden Hawaii will also incorporate Imua Energy’s premium hemp extract as a featured ingredient in its natural skincare brand, Kuleana® by Maiden Hawaiʻi Naturals.

Company founders say it took three years to obtain permits, and that there are still many restrictions in place on the crop.

Kelly King, Co-founder Pacific Biodiesel said, “I think it’s something that’s going to be relaxed over time. I think the state is very confused about the difference between hemp and marijuana still. I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get them to understand that this is going to be part of our farming future.”
The operation is being touted as the first industrial hemp farm in the United States powered 100% by biodiesel.
With the expanded farming operation, company founders say they are inspired to continue uncovering new ways to further their commitment to agricultural diversity and renewable energy.

“We are so honored to have been granted the first industrial hemp commercial farming license on Maui,” said Bob King. “The cultivation of industrial hemp offers a wealth of opportunity for our island, from health and wellness and culinary usage to textile and biofuel production. With this expanded farming operation, we are inspired to continue uncovering new ways to further our commitment to agricultural diversity and renewable energy in Hawaiʻi.”


The Hawaii Department of Agriculture granted the license to Imua Energy, LLC for the purposes of research on the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp. The sustainable farming operation is free of pesticides, herbicides, and GMO crops.

This Maui-grown hemp extract will contain the full spectrum of industrial hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD. IE has purchased a supercritical CO2 extractor to allow for production of pure, clean, quality extract with no further heating or distillation required. Premium hemp extract will be blended (per FDA requirements not to exceed 0.3% THC) with Pacific Biodiesel’s locally grown Hawaiian Macadamia and Maui Sunflower oils and will be incorporated this fall into the Kuleana Beauty products.



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