Bob & I are each from families in Hawaii whose parents & grandparents worked in sugar. We were raised in an agricultural environment in Hawaii- so this is what we know.
Laie, Oahu where I was born- hasn’t changed much
And this view can be rented:), see here
and on a recent visit to Laie, I saw happy kids on top of the old piers
Bob is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a BS in Tropical Agriculture. He worked in sugar for many years before we bought this coffee farm in 1988.
We live on the farm in our house and are the growers, pickers, and packers, selling our entire crop directly to people who enjoy our unique products. We hand farm our land, using no machinery, continuing the ancient tradition of hand farming by Hawaiians who grew taro, bananas, sweet potatoes and sugar cane in our same fields.
Bob is conscientious about the care of the land and has enhanced our practically perfect natural conditions through individualized attention to each tree. He is able to give our trees this specialized care because of our 5-acre size.
taken from near the top of our farm- looking down towards the ocean, a photo of Lehua blossoms from one of our Ohia trees.
We have pre-contact stone walls, hand built by Hawaiians. No bulldozer has ever crushed our earth. The roots of our coffee plants can go anywhere they want, wiggling into our light volcanic soil. Makes them happy!
Loving our fence!!! Farm is so much better without the rototiller effect of the nasty wild pigs. Took us about 20 years to decide it had to be done and it was so worth it.
Fence up and working! Neighbor’s to the left and we are pig-proof! As the ranch guys were building the fence in the middle of the day here, they could hear noisy pigs fighting to the left and told Bob he ought to get a few. No thanks!
Every night we close the electric “gate” and we have enjoyed- really enjoyed,
and another photo of our fence working- neighbor to the right and us on the left with Mollie checking the fence line. Bob is such a tidy farmer and I think the plants like it too!
The shy Bufo marinus (about 7 inches) hiding under the leaf matter, lives on our farm. According to “Honolulu Magazine”, December, 1995, page 22. “C. E. Pemberton gives “Paradise of the Pacific” this account of how he single handedly introduced the toad for the Hawai’i Sugar Planters Association, in an attempt to control Hawai’i’s spiraling insect population: ‘In 1932 the writer collected 148 adult Bufo marinus in Puerto Rico and brought them to Hawai’i packed in boxes of excelsior. Part of this lot was sent by express…almost all arrived in good condition after the three weeks journey.’ Within three years, these colonists had multiplied impressively ”
note: Dr Pemberton was a distant relative of mine.
UPDATE below- 11/13, from my cousin Michael Lilly whose grand father was
Bob holding one of our wild Jackson Chameleons.
It is really just us. We are the sole packers and the pruners and roasters of our Smithfarms 100% Kona Coffee. We are farmers who are confident that we offer you the finest 100% Kona coffee.