Kealia, part of Kaua‘i’s historic Puna moku, once sustained a thriving ancient population that harvested fish from the sea and cultivated crops, most predominantly taro, on the fertile uplands. In the 1800’s, courtesy of sophisticated irrigation distribution networks, these lands saw the introduction of cotton, rice and pineapples, cattle and dairy farms.
By the 1860’s, with the opening of The Kealia Sugar Plantation, sugar cane became the dominant crop. Later on, both the Kealia and Kapa‘a sugar mills developed rail systems and depots. The Kealia Mill concluded operations in 1934 when the mill was dismantled. The area continued to support diversified agriculture just as it does today.
Kealia Kai Subdivision embraces its agricultural zoning. The zoning allows for the construction of a residence (referred to as a farm dwelling) and encourages owners to consider the dedication of a portion of their acreage for ag-production. Kealia Kai owners enjoy a private water system with set daily allocations to sustain their agricultural pursuits.