Our coconut story.
How a hobby became a job and is now a farm.
10 years ago we set off on a personal journey to eat more locally grown food. We swore off all imported products, started a veggie garden and began a life changing adventure. The goal - to make each meal 100% Maui grown. Of the many plants we worked with, coconuts clearly stood out. No other plant was as productive, sustainable, useful or hardy. The more we learned about coconuts the deeper we fell in love with them.
Our search for the freshest coconuts eventually lead us up into the trees themselves. Working without pay, we traded labor for a share of the coconuts, which we took home processed and distributed. Friends stopped by our apartment for weekly pick-ups, we ran booths at farmers markets and a door-to-door delivery service dubbed “the coconut milkman” was started. Passion had transformed into a career of sorts. The work was joyful, a decade passed climbing trees, harvesting and processing literally thousands upon thousands of coconuts.
Life was bliss, yet something seemed off. Too few of our fellow Maui residents were familiar with coconut as a food source. Intimidation and a lack of information seemed to prevent people from opening coconuts. Many locals had never tasted homemade coconut milk, enjoyed a real coconut curry or sipped a true pina colada.
So in 2012, with encouragement from friends, we began hosting pop up coconut cooking classes, teaching the community how to do just that. It started in our friends backyards, at farmers markets, even in the occasional parking lot. Rain or shine the events booked out. Turned out people were just as eager to learn about coconuts as we were to teach. Eight years later we are still at it, practicing our dream job, connecting people with the greatest plant on earth.
In 2015 we established our farm in Haiku. The first few years were spent clearing out invasive trees, making room for orchards. Still a baby, our farm is growing up fast with coconuts, starfruit, bananas, avocados, ulus and jackfruit already in fruit production. We now have the honor of hosting coconut cooking classes in our own backyard, incorporating home grown ingredients and treating students to an authentic sustainable culinary experience.
Whether you stumbled upon us in a google search or are a Hawaii resident curious to learn more, we hope you find this site useful. We offer our information free of charge in hopes of empowering our community to eat and live more sustainable. Future generations are counting on us to be the change, to leave them a world worth inheriting.
Thank you for visiting, hope to see you on our farm soon!