Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture
Mahi Pono is a local Maui farming company that owns and operates approximately 41,000 acres of agricultural land in Central Maui. Since taking over stewardship of the former sugarcane land, Mahi Pono has been working to transform the land into a hub of diversified agriculture.
Mahi Pono’s goal is to reduce the need for imported food and to help the state achieve food security. Its locally grown produce is sold under the Maui Harvest label. While distribution is limited at this time, keep an eye out for it in the future!
Among Mahi Pono’s diversified crops, its white, yellow, red and purple potatoes are the first to receive the Department of Agriculture’s Seal of Quality. Potatoes were actually the first row-crop planted by Mahi Pono in August 2019. Maui soil is ideal for growing potatoes, and the potatoes have the potential of becoming another signature Maui-grown product.
During the pandemic, Mahi Pono remains committed to sharing its Maui-grown produce with those in need within the community through organizations like Maui Farm Bureau, Chef’s Hui and Hawaii Food Bank.
If you’re looking to try Mahi Pono’s SOQ potatoes they can be currently found at Pukalani Superette and Takamiya Market on Maui. Mahi Pono is currently working with distributors to make its products available in more grocery stores and restaurants on Maui, and eventually across the state.
Mahi Pono is cultivating other non-GMO food crops for local consumption including papaya, avocado, coffee and citrus. With several hundred thousand citrus trees planted, including limes, lemons and mandarin oranges, Mahi Pono is also on track to become one of the larger U.S. based citrus operations.
To help determine what grows best in Central Maui and what types of crops are in demand locally, Mahi Pono started its Chef’s Corner garden project to do just that. The Chef’s Corner is “testing” out a variety of crops including green beans, purple beans, long and round eggplant, various melons, green kale, kabocha, yams and more.
To learn more about how you can get the Hawaii Seal of Quality on your products, get more information here: sealofquality.hawaii.gov
For more information: mahipono.com, or on Facebook and Instagram: @mahipono