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Popular Waimanalo farm seeks volunteers with time running out to move

Claude and Mary Rose Colton Claude and Mary Rose Colton
WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There were about 100 animals on Claude Colton's roadside farm in Waimanalo. Now it's down to about 50 and by next Thursday they will all be relocated. Over the past few months Colton has been dismantling six years worth of work.

"A lot of the antiques, the visual props are all gone," he said.

For legal reasons the Department of Hawaiian Homelands ordered Colton off the property along Kalanianaole Highway. The deadline is next Friday.

"We really want to get off before that timeline just to tell Hawaiian Homes that we appreciated everything they've done for us and we want to respect them," Colton said.

The roadside farm has given visitors a unique encounter with all kinds of animals.

"Who can argue against such a diversity of creatures that are something that kids can see other than in pictures," said Frank Perkins, during a visit Friday

"This pulls my heart strings. I grew up on a coffee farm so I appreciate country life," Lorena Bautista said.

Colton and his wife, MaryRose, will keep a core of their animals. The plan to reopen the farm somewhere else, and they have had offers.

"There is a few friends that, yes, are offering me land but it's not written in stone," Claude said. "They're just helping me out for the time being, and then we go from there."

Colton said he needs about five acres and he prefers Waimanalo.

"This is where we started. This is where my family's from," he said.

The Coltons need help Saturday to take down fences and shelters and clean the property. If you can volunteer, the animal farm is across the street from Waimanalo Beach Park.

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