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“Tropical Farms Tour: The Best Kept Secret on the Windward Side”

Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm and Farm Tour
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“Tropical Farms Tour: The Best Kept Secret on the Windward Side”
Reviewed May 10, 2008

Tropical Farms is a hidden gem on the windward side that I highly recommend. I think it's one of Oahu's best kept secrets right now. When I did a Google search to try and find their hours and tour information, I found nothing. It's not even mentioned in the Oahu Revealed book. So for anyone else searching for information about it, here are the basics:

What: Ali'i Tour

Business Hours: 7 days a week, 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Except on Tuesdays when there is only ONE tour at 10:45.

Time: The tour lasts 1 hour.

Cost: The shop is free with lots of free coffee and free macadamia nut samples (see below). The bus tour costs $15, and it's worth it.

Directions: It's about 8 miles up the Kahekili Highway heading toward the Polynesian Cultural Center from Kaneohe. It'll be on the right hand side before the park that looks out at the Chinaman's Hat island. If you get to where you can see the open ocean and the Chinaman's Hat is behind you, or if you get to the Kualoa Ranch visitor's center, then you went too far.

"The Chief" tour guide is a really funny guy. In fact, he's just started a new Polynesian Comedy show on the weekends in Waikiki. First he drives you through the farm and points out several different types of plants found in Hawaii and what they are used for. Next, the bus drops you off at this little amphitheater for a show. They teach you about some Hawaiian customs and foods, and they teach you to shuck a coconut. They show you how to rub sticks together to make fire, then do some really cool stunts with a twirling fire-baton.

After the show in the amphitheater, they take you on a short boat ride around the fish pond and talk about the history of the fish pond and the recent film-making history of the area. This is where they filmed Gilligan's Island, Fantasy Island, Lost, 50 First Dates, Tears of the Sun, an episode of ER (set in Africa), Joe Versus the Volcano, Mighty Jo Young, Along Came Polly... I lost track he just kept listing so many different shows. The history behind how the man-made pond was created and used for fishing was pretty interesting, too.

After the boat ride, you get back on the bus and the Chief takes you through the fruit trees. He stops in a couple of places to walk out and pick some samples for you to try. The first time we went, we got to try star fruit, and it was REALLY good. The most recent time we went, the Chief said the star fruit are out of season, but we got to have some really good oranges and guavas.

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