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New on the Farm 2019

By: Steve Frailey Wednesday September 25, 2019 comments Tags: organic farming, organic noni farm, noni farmers market

Sept 2019

Over the years I have mentioned and recommended several times:
The Cornucopia Institute

The whole purpose of this organization is to protect current organic regulations, practices and certification by state and federal entities (USDA). They also educate individuals on organic practices and send out notices for "call to action" when organic regulations are being threatened by pending possible changes by regulatory agencies. They also provide reports and research on a wide variety of topics comparing the items available for you to consume i.e. Dairy Report, Pet Food Report, Grain Report, Yogurt Report, GMO scorecard, etc.

Folks these people are the real deal and are always working to protect the environment and what you eat. Of all the emails and newsletters that I receive, I always open Cornucopia's first. Easy to read and lots of valuable information. This past month, Hawaiian Organic Noni made our annual $500 donation to help support this very fine organization. Please consider looking at their site: and considering making a donation by clicking on the Donate icon in the top tool bar.

Aug 2019

Summer is in full swing here on the farm and so is the abundance of avocados. Avocados have always been one of my family’s favorite fruits, yes it’s a fruit! Avocados are classified as a member of the flowering plant family, Lauraceae. Interestingly enough, this fruit is also considered to be a single seed berry.

We have on the farm 22 different varieties of avocados. My family’s favorite is the Sharwil variety which is similar to the Hass, but two to three times larger and just as delicious. As a rule of thumb... smooth skin avocados are watery, while bumpy skin avocados are creamy and buttery.

In 1969 while visiting an old friend in California... I experienced my first avocado sandwich! Made by the famous Phyliss Diller, my good friends mom. Since then, my infatuation with avocados has only grown.

Did you know? Avocados almost never ripen on the tree. They come into maturity on the limb, but only after harvesting do they ripen. Just like noni!

Also, it’s that time of year again! The 25th Annual Made In Hawaii Festival is just a few weeks away on August 16th, 17th and 18th. If you live on Oahu or will be visiting the island during these dates we highly recommend coming down to the festival. Nearly 400 exhibitors who showcase food products, books, gifts, apparel and jewelry, arts and crafts, local produce and many more Hawaii grown products from around the State will be in attendance. The entertainment stage will feature Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and the arena stage will feature live cooking demonstrations from award winning chefs. We of course will be there with all of our organic noni products, booth #160 in the exhibition hall...same booth as every year :) Come say aloha to Lola and Steve! 

Click here for more information on the festival! 

July 2019

The days of pushing wheelbarrows full of mulch and compost to each noni tree are over! We recently purchased a new small tractor that easily zips between the rows of noni in our orchards to deliver fresh mulch and compost to each tree. Remember our organic farming practices email?

Every 6 months to every noni tree we are spreading one cup of worm castings, one wheelbarrow size of compost and covering all these nutrients with 6 inches thick of mulch. Steve and Sebastian can now easily transport the mountains of mulch and compost in a fraction amount of time.

June 2019

Albatross update:
Spike and the rest of this season’s albatross chicks are quickly gaining their big bird adult flying feathers. Most of their grey feather fluff has been shed and they are proudly displaying their new beautiful black and white feathers. In a little over a month Spike and his buddies will be fledging for Alaska. Lately they have begun standing against the ocean breeze with their wings outstretched…testing their new feathers in anticipation of their first flight.  

Duke and Daisy’s chicks:

The pair of white rumped shama birds that live by our Noni Farm tour building have been busy at work raising their four new chicks. Dylan has been closely documenting just how quickly the birds have grown in a matter of weeks. As each new chick befriends Dylan they join the D-team of Darleen the most friendly of the new chicks so far. Enjoy the photo!

May 2019

#1 Ranking on TripAdvisor

We are so honored and excited! We’ve received the #1 ranking on TripAdvisor for tours in Kilauea, Kauai and are one of the top rated tours on all of Kauai!!! A huge mahalo to all of you who have taken the time to submit a review about our tour. We are truly humbled reading all of your kind words and positive feedback about how much you have loved our tour. We are proud to display our TripAdvisor plaque on the wall in Hale Noni (our tour building). (I will upload graphic to google drive)

May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii. The tradition is to give friends and family a flower lei. So consider giving a lei or new potted plant to a friend or loved one.

April 2019

Remember the small flock of Nene geese we spotted enjoying our new acreage?

The word has spread and at last count we had 35 nene enjoying the new field! They particularly love it after Steve finishes giving the new field a fresh mow with the tractor. Nene are the Hawaiian state bird and are the world’s rarest goose.
Click here for more on the nene!

Last chance to enter the Name That Chick Contest!

We’ve already received lots of great names for cute Chick A! My family is going to have quite the family debate selecting the winner for this year’s Name That Chick Contest. Time is running out….you have until April 30th to get your name suggestion submitted.

If your name suggestion is selected, you will receive a noni gift parcel with a free Noni Fruit Leather 2oz and a 4 oz. bottle of Noni Lavender and IcyHeat Noni Lotion!

March 2019

Albatross hatching season is complete!  There are 18 new adorable chicks have joined the colony. Day by day the chicks have been getting bigger and are too big to be sat on by mom or dad. Both parents are having to fly further out to sea each day to forage for food for their quickly growing chick. Soon mom and dad will both be gone for days at a time as they fly the approx 2,500 miles to the oceans off Alaska to gorge on squid and return back 2,500 miles with a delicious squid smoothie. Both parents will be required to do this any day now through mid July when the chick will be fully grown and ready to fledge...just imagine the frequent flyer miles each parent racks up each breeding season!

Without further ado we have some super cute and adorable new photos of the chicks! And we need your help selecting which chick will be the star of our annual Name That Chick contest! We’ve narrowed it down to our four favorite chicks and now it’s your turn to help us select which lucky chick is going to get an awesome name this year by one of you! But first we have to select a chick!

Click here to visit our Facebook page and vote for Chick A, B, C or D.


As promised, here are the most recent photos from the nesting grounds on the bluff near our Organic Noni Farm.

Stay turned for more albatross chick updates, and later this month help us select which chick will star in our annual "Name That Chick Contest"!

Enjoy the newest video of the chicks!

Feb 2019

Albatross Update:

We have been eagerly awaiting for the first of this season’s chicks to hatch! The incubation period for Laysan albatross is approximately 60 to 65 days and hatch time has arrived. One by one the chicks have started breaking free of their eggshell. The adorable chicks weigh about 7 ounces at hatching and are covered in a fluffy gray-white down. So far 15 chicks have hatched!!! Next month we will post to Facebook our top four favorite chicks and will need your help in selecting which chick will be the star of our annual Name That Chick Contest. Stay posted and enjoy the photos!


Remember Elvis? He received some fan mail!!

Elvis was the winning name for the albatross chick in last year’s Name That Chick Contest.  He’s out at sea somewhere off the coast of Alaska flying, soaring and eating squid with his buddies. He won’t be back to the farm hillside to pick up his fan mail for another few years so we thought we’d share it with you all. Evan and his family took our farm tour last summer and have been enjoying our albatross updates ever since. Evan, who’s 8 years old and a very talented artist, drew Elvis in his egg and as a hatchling. A huge mahalo (thank you) to the Klish Family for sharing Evan’s art for us and everyone to enjoy!!

Jan 2019

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year! From everyone at Hawaiian Organic Noni

Last of Hawaiian snail species dies at age 14

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the last known Achatinella apexfulva died on New Year’s Day. It was about 14 years old and named George.

In 1997, the last 10 known of its kind were brought into a laboratory at the University of Hawaii to be raised in captivity.

Some offspring were produced but the snails all eventually died — except for........

Click here to read more

3 pairs of nene geese have been spotted on the farm!

The nene (nay-nay), the official bird of the state of Hawaii,is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Hawaii.

Did you know? The name nene comes from its soft call.

The nene is the world’s rarest goose. Its total population was estimated at around 25,000 birds before Captain James Cook landed on Hawaii in the 1770s. But by the mid-1900s only about 30 were left, all of which were on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The nene was finally declared endangered in 1967, and they remain protected. Today, the nene geese have been taken off the endangered species list (but are still considered vulnerable).

Along with the albatross, we are happy that the nene have taken up residence on the farm. Enjoy the new pictures and hopefully we may have some new chicks on the farm!

Click here to learn more!

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.