More than a century ago, a Big Island sugar plantation manager introduced MACADAMIA NUTS to the island. Although native to Australian rainforests, mac nuts thrived in Hawai‘i, and the state became the site of the world’s fi rst commercial plantations. Today, these delicious, hard-shelled nuts are one of Hawai‘i Island’s largest crops.
Macadamia nuts aren’t picked from the tree; instead, they fall to the ground fully ripened. However, don’t pick one up expecting to shell it and pop it in your mouth—it requires 300 pounds of pressure per square inch to crack a mac nut shell.
MAUNA LOA MACADAMIA NUT CORP., located 6 miles south of Hilo on Macadamia Road, welcomes visitors to tour its 2,500-acre orchard, processing plant and chocolate factory.
For more information, look up GREAT HAWAIIAN MAC NUT TRAIL : a self-guided tour of Hawai‘i’s macadamia nut industry. You’ll fi nd everything from processing plants to small family-owned farms and bed- and-breakfast stops where visitors can pick macadamia nuts.
Located at 75-5707 Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona, HAWAIIAN MACADAMIA NUT CO., is a grower-owned store that carries a variety of fl avored macadamia and locally sourced agricultural products. Stop in to sample some coff ee and mac nuts while learning about Hawaiian agriculture. Discover how macadamia nuts are grown and how they have become a staple crop on the island. All purchases directly support local farmers. HUALOA FARMS 808-775-1821 MAUNA LOA 808-966-8618 OR 888-628-6256 HAWAIIAN MACADAMIA NUT CO. 808-731-8754