Hawaii Agriculture Research Center

What We Do

Our organization specializes in horticultural crop research, including agronomy and plant nutrition, plant physiology, breeding, genetic engineering and tissue culture, and control of diseases and pests through integrated pest management. In addition to serving Hawaiʻi’s agricultural industries through research and technology transfer to Hawaiʻiʻs producers.

Who We Are

Founded in 1895, the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association (HSPA), dedicated to improving the sugar industry in Hawaii, has become an internationally recognized research center.
It was in 1996 when HSPA expanded its research interest besides sugarcane and acquired its current name Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC), expanding its research on tropical crops and forests. Standing now as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, HARC’s research and education interest encompasses forestry, coffee, cacao, forages, vegetable crops, tropical fruits, and other diversified crops.

Cause Areas

Food Insecurity, Health & Wellness, Environmental Conservation, Cultural Preservation, Education & Training

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Tax Status
  • Nonprofit


Hawaii Agriculture Research Center

Volunteer Opportunities

Jam Making

Our favorite cooking activity is Jam Making using fruit from our garden. We sell the finished product to the community…
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