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Hawaiian News: Maile Farm

Mamo Lundin Mamo Lundin
Gail Makuakane-Lundin Gail Makuakane-Lundin
Maile farm Maile farm

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The fragrant maile vine is the lei of choice for most special occasions here in Hawaiʻi. But much of maile sold here in Hawaiʻi is imported. Amy Kalili introduces us to a maile farmer hoping to change all that.

He mea nui ke kôkua i ka hoʻoulu ʻana i ka maile Hawaiʻi ma Hawaiʻi.

Mamo Lundin

Manager, Ka Mahiʻai Ihi o Wailea

Growing maile locally is important for Hawaiʻi.

ʻO Mamo ke kahu mâlama i kçia mâla maile he 20 ʻeka kona kona ma Hawaiʻi mokopuni i kapa ʻia ʻo Ka Mahiʻai Ihi o Wailea.

Mamo oversees operations of the 20-acre maile farm on Hawaiʻi-island called Ka Mahiʻai Ihi o Wailea.

ʻO ka hapanui o ka maile i halihali ʻia mai i Hawaiʻi ua hiki mai mai Rarotonga mai – ma kahi o 60 a ʻoi pâkçneka.

(mamo)

Most of the maile here in Hawaiʻi is imported from Rarotonga – about 60%.

He welo ʻohana nô kçia hoʻoulu maile ʻana mai nâ kanahiku, ka wâ hoʻi i hoʻomaka ai ko Mamo tûtûkâne ʻo Daniel Makuakâne i ka mahi maile ʻana.

This family's aloha for maile goes back to the 1970s, when Mamo's grandfather Daniel Makuakâne started farming maile.

Right in Pâhoa, they started a small, half-acre parcel of maile under a shade house. Then he got a little bit more sophisticated and developed a one-acre green house.

Gail Makuakâne-Lundin

Mamo's Mother

Ma Pâhoa nô ia mâla maile mua ma ka hale malu liʻiliʻi a ua ulu i ka hoʻokahi ʻeka.

Eia mai he mau makahiki ma hope mai, a no Mamo nô ke kuleana o ka manakia i i ko Hawaiʻi mâla hoʻoulu maile nui loa me kçia.

Years later, Mamo manages the state's first large-scale commercial maile farm.

I kçia manawa loaʻa ma kahi o ka 10,000 mea kanu, akâ ʻo ka pahuhopu ma ka pau ʻana, makemake ʻia he ʻewalu hale malu ma ʻaneʻi me 7,000 mea kanu pâkahi.

(mamo)

We have 10,000 plants, but the goal is eight shade houses with 7,000 each.

Nui nâ ano maile like ʻole no Hawaiʻi mokupuni nei, no Puna nô hoʻi ma ke kikoʻî.

The shade house is filled with many local varieties from the Puna area.

Hoʻokahi makahiki a ʻoi paha a hiki ke huki ʻia no ka hana ʻana i nâ lei.

(mamo)

Maile has at least a year growth cycle.

ʻAʻole nô paha ʻuʻu ʻia nâ maile mua o kçia mâla no kekahi mau mahina, akâ, ʻike leʻa nô ʻo Mamo i ke ʻano e pômaikaʻia ai.

The first harvest may not happen for several months, but Mamo is certain about the benefit of locally-grown maile.

No laila hiki ke noho ke kâlâ ma aneʻi me nâ poʻe Hawaiʻi a ʻoi aku ka nani a me ka ʻaʻala o ka maile Hawaiʻi. 

(mamo)

The money will stay here. Plus, Hawaiian maile is superior in quality and fragrance.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

 

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