Take a Farm Tour
Don’t be misled by the Big Island’s barren lava fields. The majority of the state’s agricultural products are grown and processed here.
Hawai‘i Forest & Trail conducts a unique tour of local farms that are using sustainable agriculture methods. First, the tour heads to Kahua Ranch in the Kohala Mountains, where cattle and sheep are ranched (not to mention you’ll get a great view of the coast from its 3,000-foot elevation). The next stop is Honopua Farm, where organic vegetables, lavender and cut flowers are farmed. After these stops, attendees will be served dinner at the award-winning Merriman’s Restaurant in Waimea, where chefs prepare gourmet dinners using fresh, local ingredients.
To truly appreciate the Polynesian agricultural heritage, visit the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, where you’ll see more than 200 varieties of plants cultivated by early Hawaiians. The 15-acre garden is landscaped to reflect plant life in the Kona area before foreign contact. It also is the only garden in Hawai‘i solely devoted to Hawaiian ethnobotany, a discipline that combines the study of human culture with the plants that support it.
• Hawai‘i Forest & Trail (808) 331-8505