Tropical Farms is a macadamia nut farm on the windward coast of Oahu a little hidden gem that is a popular tourist stop during circle island drives.
Originally a roadside stand that began in 1987 this family owned business has grown into a multi-acre ocean front farm just off of Kamehameha highway near Chinaman's hat.
I consider it to be a hidden little gem worth visiting. You probably won't spend more than 15-20 minutes here but I always like to stop in and try out the free samples.
Everything that you can think of to do to a macadamia nut has been done. There are chocolate flavored macadamias, garlic, coffee, etc.
Also available are various lotions and perfumes for sale with tropical scents. For instance they have plumeria and other flower inspired scents.
There is also coffee, art, jewelry, salad dressings and marinades for sale.
Since it is a farm they have flower cuttings available that are agriculturally cleared to take back on the flight back home. I once bought my mother an orchid flower cutting and a plumeria.
They were sealed inside of a small plastic bag so transporting it was easy and clean.
I love to walk this property. It reminds me of why I moved to Hawaii to begin with. It is very tropical and lush and the the backdrop of the Ko'Olau mountain range is just across the street.
Kaaawa valley is a 5 minute drive away. There are birds and chickens around. Surrounding the visitor center is a very lush tropical garden with a jungle like setting.
Further down by the water's edge of the ancient Hawaiian fishponds is a mini amphitheater where cultural performances and demonstrations are performed.
For instance they will show you how to shuck a coconut and make fire by rubbing sticks together.
This is called the Ali'i tour and lasts about an hour and a half.
Also included is a boat tour around the fishponds and a ride through the gardens showcasing some film locations from movies and tv shows such as Jurassic Park, Lost and 50 First Dates.
49-227 Kamehameha Highway
Ka'a'awa, HI 96744
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