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Why “Polipoli Farms”?

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We’re Polipoli Farms. Nope, not that Polipoli. The other Polipoli. Those familiar with Maui have probably heard of Polipoli. Perhaps they’ve even visited, hiked or camped at this spot (official name is Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area), located along Waipoli Road in Kula. Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area (pictured above) is located in Upcountry, Maui. […]

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How to Brew Our ‘Ulu + Māmaki Tea

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Spoiler alert: It’s super simple. HOW TO BREW ʻULU + MĀMAKI HERBAL TEA RATIOS 1 cup water = 1 Tbsp tea; or 8 cups water = 1/2 cup tea 16 cups water = 1 cup tea Tea may be steeped twice DIRECTIONS Add tea to water Bring to a boil for a few minutes Turn […]

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Hawaiʻi Island Farm Favorites

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Prior to settling into the farmer life, I was obsessed with seeing the world. I’ve lived in Chicago, Rome and Sydney, and backpacked my way through Europe and Southeast Asia, only coming back home to Maui for the required holiday check-ins. Fast forward to 2020. These days, leaving home and the farm for even a […]

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Why “Polipoli Farms”?

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We’re Polipoli Farms. Nope, not that Polipoli. The other Polipoli.

Those familiar with Maui have probably heard of Polipoli. Perhaps they’ve even visited, hiked or camped at this spot (official name is Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area), located along Waipoli Road in Kula.

Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area (pictured above) is located in Upcountry, Maui.

And now we have Polipoli Farms, located in . . . Waiehu . . . more than an hour’s drive from Kula. Wait . . . what?!

Let me explain. When it came time to name our farm, we reached out to a friend and farm mentor Hōkūao Pellegrino of Nohoʻana Farm. Here’s that conversation:

HŌKŪAOAre you folks willing to incorporate the original ʻili name of your parcel of land?

ME: Yes! In fact, that’s the first thing we thought about. We’re in the ʻili of Polipoli. We’re a bit concerned that it would be confusing, since most people think of the Upcountry Polipoli.

HŌKŪAO: I totally understand, but it is also a teaching tool. For example, there are Waiʻanae in Lahaina and Oʻahu, Lāʻie as well. There’s a Koʻolau pretty much on every island. I think it would be a total learning experience, but just my two cents.

ME: You’re so right about that. (Insert squishy-face emoji.) You must be an educator or something! (He is.)

We’ve spent many hours on Hōkūao’s farm learning about traditional agriculture, and this exchange was a different sort of lesson. I’ll admit, it was pretty embarrassing that our thought was to avoid “Polipoli” because of possible confusion. (Seriously, we should’ve known better.)

The moment Hōkūao shared his mana‘o, though, we knew we had to follow our initial instincts and honor the traditional name of this place. It’s a lesson we won’t forget.

So, with this first blog post, let me introduce you to POLIPOLI FARMS!

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Favorite Work Gloves For Women

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