Fruit and Nuts, Oahu
I visited this farm several times during my 2 week stay on Oahu. On my last full day I was to tired to go to Hilo Hatties where I had purchased whole unshelled nuts before and decided to buy my nuts here even though they were a dollar and a half more than Hilo Hatties.
I purchased 3 pounds of nuts. After I returned to the mainland and started cracking these nuts it turns out that more than half of them were old, stale and molded. I was extremmmly disapointed in this. I would not recommend anyone purchase unshelled nuts at this location.
What to pay: Most expensive place for unshelled nuts on the island. Go to Hilo Hatties and pay 4.00 a pound.
Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut outlet is a tourist trap for the unsuspecting. While you may be captivated with the lush scenery of Kualoa Farms, and the 'aloha' spirit of the staff at Tropical Farms, what you don't know is that the nuts you taste are not actually from 'the family farm'. While some of the nuts, mostly the ones that are not roasted and in the nut bin for your viewing which are only 5%, are from the farm, the nuts that are bagged and tagged are from a Chinese distributor of Macadamia nuts in honolulu which he has shipped in from New Zealand. Don't believe me? You can find the same exact nuts under a different label at the Flea Market at the Aloha Staduim for about a dollar cheaper, at least then you know that your nuts are coming from exactly where they are advertised to be from. And the free 'authentic' Kona coffee you like, also a farce. The secret is that they buy Hawaiian Isles brand Kona Coffee in bulk, and then re-package it in their own packaging. If I remember correctly, the going rate for their coffee is about $7. You can find the same exact delicious coffee for about $4-$5 in the supermarket. Any Foodland, Times, or Safeway market will do, even Wal-mart carries Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee. So in closing, there is nothing special about Tropical Farms except they are wolves in sheeps clothing. You may think your bus driver is stopping there cause they're really looking out for you and your dollar, but the truth is they get paid to stop there. Tropical Farms has contracts set up with the bus companies to bring their victims to them. Don't be a fool, nothing on Oahu is that authentic, the island really is a tourist trap.
What to buy: Anything that you deem special, but if your going for the normal rift raft of tourist shopping, you can find everything you're looking for at the Swap Meet at Aloha Stadium, even Wal mart sells for half what you would buy at an 'authentic' shop.
Along the King Kamehameha Hwy. in the town of Kaaawa, you'll find the Macadamia Nut Tropical Farm...offering free coffee and many things for you to purchase.
What to buy: You have so many things to choose from...coffee, spices, cookies, sauces, crafts and of course macadamia nuts. We purchased a bag of Honey Roasted Coconut Glazed Macadamia Nuts and a bag of Maui Onion/Garlic Macadamia Nuts.
What to pay: The price is a little steep ($10.00/bag) but that's the way it is with macadamia nuts.
This is the Macadamia Nut, they have a very hard seed coat enclosed in a green husk that splits open as the nut matures.
It contains a white kernel 80% oil & 4 % sugar.When roasted the color becomes uniform.
A shop inside this big Tropical Farm , it sells
a variety of flowers fruits Macadamia Nuts ,
Coffee's an many other items.
What to buy: The Macadamia Nuts come from large Macadamia trees reaching 30 -40 feet high.