About Pāpa‘aloa Ranch
Pāpa‘aloa Ranch is a 11 acre farm northeast of Hilo on the Hāmākua Coast of Hawai‘i Island (Big Island). We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in Pāpa‘aloa , Hawai‘i on the Hāmākua coast of Hawai‘i Island (aka Big Island). Hāmākua means “Breath of Life”. The virgin pacific air blows of 100’s of miles of ocean and is some of the freshest and cleanest in the world. Our side of the island, the East side, or Windward side, is known as the rainy side and includes major districts of Puna, Hilo, North Hilo and Hāmākua. Over 60 year round streams and rivers run along the Hāmākua Coast. Therefore, the famous Hāmākua coastline is known for its deep gulches, high cliff bluffs and incredible amounts of waterfalls. West Hawai‘i, or the Leeward side (Captain Cook, Kailua-Kona, and Waikaloa) are known for being very dry.
Pāpa‘aloa is rural community, in 2014, the population of Pāpa‘aloa was 711 people. We are about 35 minutes (21 miles) from Hilo, 30 minutes, (19 miles) to Honoka‘a and 50 Minutes to Waimea (33 miles). It is an old plantation property with existing old forest and old fruit trees (avocado, mango, mountain apple, banana, coconut, macadamia nut, pomelo, guava, etc.).
Pāpa‘aloa Ranch is in its early stages of implementing permaculture design principles, grazing, landscaping, food forestry, and annual vegetables. In the past few years over 100 exotic fruit trees have been planted, along with an abundance of edible perennials. Seven acres of paddocks have been fenced in for rotational grazing (we have a cow, a steer and a young bull), and many areas cleared for future cultivation.
The farm rents out 2 cottages to tenants, and in the 3rd cottage Aina Exotics maintains an office, and the manager/owner and farm help also reside. When products are available they will be packaged or further processed and marketed and distributed by Aina Exotics both online as well as through markets and restaurants.
Photos of the slope 2014-2016
A few pics of our meadow/first orchard with about 30 trees