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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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Here in Hawaiʻi, māmaki is synonymous with good health and vitality. Native Hawaiians have consumed this so-called “miracle plant” for generations, and it is deeply revered in lāʻau lapaʻau (Hawaiian plant medicine). Meanwhile, māmaki producers rave about its many health benefits ranging from detoxification to weight loss.  Despite its wellness reputation, if you ask someone […]

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What makes the iholena banana unique? 1) Unlike typical bananas that turn yellow when ripe, iholena bananas turn yellow before the fruit is

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 1 tea bag); 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 […]

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Why “Polipoli Farms”?

Farming

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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I often joke that if we’re not at the farm, we’re probably at Home Depot. Indeed, these days any shopping sprees consist of irrigation parts, chicken feed, farming tools.

This stuff can get expensive. That’s why, when I find an item I can count on (i.e. works well over repeated heavy-duty use), I treasure it. My gloves from Tougher are my latest obsession.

Here are 5 reasons I’m a fan of Tougher gloves.

  1. This is a woman-owned company, and she’s creating awesome gear for fellow women. (TougHER . . . get it?!)
  2. As a pint-sized female farmer, I’ve put up with gloves that just don’t fit right, mostly because even the smallest size is still to big for my tiny paws. Problem solved—Tougher gloves come in small sizes!
  3. I was originally drawn to this company because they offer a lifetime warranty. Seriously, I’ve worn down so many gloves at this point. My Tougher pair is holding up just fine, but it’s good to know that these babies are backed by a guarantee.
  4. They work for the guys, too. Brad was seriously envious of my Tougher gloves. He ordered some for himself, and has joined the fan club.
  5. They’re extremely rugged, yet magically buttery soft at the same time. I used to leave my gloves on only when necessary. Job done? Gloves come off. With my Tougher gloves, I don’t mind keeping them on while I move from task to task.

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