Sweet in Kīpahulu

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 in Article, Featured | No Comments
Sweet in Kīpahulu

One of the largest organic tropical fruit farms in the State of Hawai‘i, Ono Farms in distant Kīpahulu sprawls across 49 acres on the eastern slopes of Haleakalā. It’s a family-owned operation: The Boerners have been farmers on Maui through four generations. Deeply connected to their land, where they grow a wild spectrum of produce from ba- nanas and citrus to cacao, dragon fruit, durian, lychees, egg fruit and kumquat, the Boerners live and breathe the im-portance of local ag: “The key to our wealth is our health,” Boerner says. “And our health comes from eating fresh, organic, locally-grown foods.” While farming requires long work days, most Saturdays, Boerner makes the long trek from Hāna to the Maui Swap Meet, a three-hour drive. Within a few hours, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 visitors trudge by to fill up their bags. “It is our way of keeping our communities healthy as well,” Boerner says.

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