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Kealia cowgirl: Sara Moore continues paniolo tradition at 12000-acre ranch

I headed for Colorado,” Sara explained. “I wanted to check out the wild west.”

For three years she parlayed her ag degree taking jobs as a wrangler, a landscaper and a horse woman on a dude ranch. She also spent some time as a cook on a white water rafting company. When in Canyonlands, Utah, she met her future husband and they decided to return to Sara’s roots in Hawaii and start a family.

They settled in Honaunau and in 1989 she was hired to run the office at what was then the 66,000-acre McCandless Ranch in South Kona. Within a few years, she was leaving her desk occasionally to go out to ride the range with the cowboys and she loved every minute of it.

Sara’s family goes back four generations in Hawaii, though not in ranching. Her great-grandfather came here from Europe as a railway builder and eventually brought his Austrian wife. They stayed and raised their children in Hilo. One of their sons, Sara’s grandfather, became a manager at Paia sugar mill on Maui. Sara’s parents married and started their family on the Valley Isle. Although her early years were spent on Maui, eventually Sara’s parents moved the family to Oahu so they could pursue their careers in medicine. Many members of the extended family continue to live in the islands. It was at Sara’s relatives’ farm on Maui that she first learned to ride. By 10 years old, she was a horse lover.

Project expected to help meet housing need

KEALIA — The 235 lots planned for Kealia Mauka Homesites are aimed at local families, according to project representatives working on a draft environmental impact statement.

“It’s the landowner’s goal to provide a product geared toward alleviating the housing demand for local residents,” said Scott Ezer, planner with HHF Planners. “That’s the reason the lot sizes are smaller.”

The lots, according to the project summary submitted to the Land Use Commission, will be between 5,600 and 7,300 square feet and lot buyers will implement construction.

“The project will address the current and projected shortfall of single-family housing on Kauai,” the project summary states. “Lots are below 10,000 SF to keep prices manageable for local residents and prices will meet workforce housing requirements.”

Kealia Properties, LLC. is the landowner proposing this residential subdivision, which is on 53.4 acres within the State Agricultural District. A petition for State Land Use District Boundary amendment has been filed with the Land Use Commission to reclassify the site to the Urban District.