Earl Spence

Earl is the past-Chairman of the Hawaii GLC, serving from 2006-2010.

Spending his early years growing up on Kukaiau Ranch, Earl gained a knowledge and appreciation for agriculture and grazing land conservation.

He earned a BS degree in Secondary Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1970.

Earl began his ranching career in 1973 with Parker Ranch. He was the Superintendent of the Agronomy Department from 1978 to 1995. His major priorities were pasture renovation and pasture management.

He became the manager of Kahuku Ranch in 2000 until its sale to the National Park Service in 2006. He started as the Assistant Ranch Manager in 1995. One of his biggest challenges was trying to mitigate the effects of the 1994 through 1999 drought. Earl retired as the manager of Kahuku Ranch in 2006.

Since retiring, Earl has spent time working on grazing land conservation contract work for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conversation Service. His work was performed within the NRCS Prescribed Grazing Management Program through a grant administered by the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council. He also serves as an NRCS Earth Team Volunteer.

Earl also worked as the Projects Coordinator for the West Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization. The emphasis was on wildfire mitigation through fuel load reduction utilizing grazing animals.

He has been active in agricultural organizations such as Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and served as Director of Mauna Kea and Kau Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Earl resides in Waimea with his wife, Betty, and has raised two children, Sarah and Scott.