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Lanai undergoes agricultural transformation using hydroponic greenhouses

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Video by Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com
Technology billionaire Larry Ellison developed a pioneering hydroponic greenhouse farm on Lanai. Some vegetables are ready for the first commercial harvest to initially serve Lanai.
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                                Molly Stanek, senior vice president of Sensei Farms Lanai, lifts a tray of lettuce that sits atop a water trough. The lettuce root systems grow in nutrient-rich water that is circulated through the closed system
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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Molly Stanek, senior vice president of Sensei Farms Lanai, lifts a tray of lettuce that sits atop a water trough. The lettuce root systems grow in nutrient-rich water that is circulated through the closed system

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                En Young, general manager of Sensei Farms Lanai, is surrounded by tomatoes growing at the company’s new hydroponics farm. Growing the tomato vines vertically maximizes space, reduces diseases and provides good amounts of sunlight and circulation.
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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

En Young, general manager of Sensei Farms Lanai, is surrounded by tomatoes growing at the company’s new hydroponics farm. Growing the tomato vines vertically maximizes space, reduces diseases and provides good amounts of sunlight and circulation.

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jezel Antioquia, left, Gantt Charping and Jon Dillehay of Sensei Farms Lanai inspect rows of small, snacksize cucumbers that are growing vertically on a trellis.
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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Jezel Antioquia, left, Gantt Charping and Jon Dillehay of Sensei Farms Lanai inspect rows of small, snacksize cucumbers that are growing vertically on a trellis.

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Molly Stanek, senior vice president of Sensei Farms Lanai, lifts a tray of lettuce that sits atop a water trough. The lettuce root systems grow in nutrient-rich water that is circulated through the closed system
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                En Young, general manager of Sensei Farms Lanai, is surrounded by tomatoes growing at the company’s new hydroponics farm. Growing the tomato vines vertically maximizes space, reduces diseases and provides good amounts of sunlight and circulation.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jezel Antioquia, left, Gantt Charping and Jon Dillehay of Sensei Farms Lanai inspect rows of small, snacksize cucumbers that are growing vertically on a trellis.