Tuesday November 4, 2014
Arriving at Kaakaaniu Plantation
On the northeast side of Kauai miles off the main highway you feel a burst of confidence in your local navigation skills as you spot owner Steve and his farm tour sign waving in the breeze. Continuing down a remote beach access road you arrive at the farm entrance and are ushered through the gates by a smiling gentleman named Jaro. Descending down the driveway into the heart of Kaakaaniu valley you pull into the coconut tree lined parking area and are greeted by Dylan and Lola. Stepping from your vehicle take a moment to admire the lush tropical surroundings of the farm and you may even encounter one of the local roosters scurrying about.
The beginning of the tour starts here, inside Hale Noni. In Hawaiian Hale means house, so House of Noni. After quenching your thirst with fresh well water or chilled noni tea (organic apple juice, noni fruit leather and cinnamon sticks) you are encouraged to make yourself comfortable and take seat. Dylan and Lola mingle with the visitors while the rest of the tour guests are ushered in. If you have questions about what not to miss on your visit to Kauai or about the farm, noni etc…ask them, they are very knowledgeable and helpful!
Steve arrives with the last tour guests and kicks off your discovery of the Noni tree. Yes Noni is a tree, not a bush. It grows in the tropical region around the globe from sea level to a two thousand foot elevation. It will grow from almost no water to lush rainforests; it’s an extremely hardy tree. Noni fruit when mature is hard and white in color. In 2-3 days it ripens becoming translucent white and soft like a ripe tomato…..and now it has its distinctive blue cheese smell, hence the fruit’s nickname Cheesy Fruit or Stinky Fruit! Noni was brought to Hawaii as a canoe plant by the ancient Polynesians who for thousands of years have used the raw fruit as their medicine. They simply ate the fruit raw or rubbed the raw fruit on their skin. Steve talks through the farm’s factory and the unique drying process that only Hawaiian Organic Noni uses in order to maintain the maximum potency of the raw fruit.
Steve and his wife Richele have been organic farmers for over 40 years. Steve is full of great tips and shares with tour guests just how easy it is to mulch, make compost, grow worms and make compost teas. If you have not been using any of these techniques at home in your gardens you may now think twice about them, they really are just that easy!
How Can Noni Benefit You?
There are over 165 compounds that have been identified in the raw fruit that when not destroyed in processing or with fermentation bring great health benefits to the body. Noni fruit contains vital micronutrients, including natural antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote overall good health, wellness and energy. Recent Laboratory tests have shown Noni Fruit Leather to have one of the highest level of antioxidants of any food or essential oil and to be 14 times more potent than noni juice! One 2oz packet of Noni Fruit Leather is equivalent to fourteen 32oz bottles of noni juice.
Billy Bob and the Worm Hotel
The tour moves outside into the lush valley of Kaakaaniu. Guests will see noni trees growing in the wild, get to smell the ripe raw fruit as well as to finally sample this Cheesy Fruit! In addition to noni trees you will see banana, papaya, mango, lychee, star fruit, avocado, coconut, banyan trees and many tropical flowers. The valley tour would not be complete without an encounter with Billy Bob, the nickname for one of the farm’s local roosters and a visit to the worm hotel…your eyes will be amazed at this top soil these busy wiggling worms have created!
Sample the Products!
Back inside Hale Noni tour guests take a seat and are given the opportunity to freely sample all of the farm’s Noni products. Steve does a great job going through product by product explaining their suggested uses and benefits. Taste the Noni Fruit Leather, it’s much more palatable than the raw fruit and fourteen times more potent than noni juice! Rub your skin irritations, mosquito bites, age spot or liver spot with the Noni Lavender Lotion. Try the Icy Heat Lotion or Noni Sports Formula on pain or sore muscles. Put the smooth soft paste of Noni Bio Bandage on skin irritations.
Orchards and the Noni Eating Dog
Now it’s time to tour the farm’s upper fields and noni orchards. Take in the ocean views, feel the sea breeze and if it’s that time of year and you’re lucky you may just see albatross soaring above the ocean point. Walking through the farm’s newest acreage you will see the youngest of the trees and be able to see firsthand just how much the trees love full sun. These trees are full of very large noni fruit making it easy for the family run farm to harvest thousands of pounds of fruit per week. If you’ve seen him on YouTube now you get to meet him in person. Bhakti, the farm’s 10 year old Australian Sheppard and Airedale mix always comes bounding over to the farm back gate to meet tour guests….and to eat his Noni Fruit Leather!
It’s a Wrap
The tour wraps up back at Hale Noni. Guests can peruse all the published research articles Steve discussed which are free for the taking, sign up for the farm’s monthly newsletter, purchase any Noni products and get answers to any lingering questions. The 2 ½ hour tour is a morning well spent and a great introduction to how noni can benefit you, your family and your pets.
Tours are MWF @10am by reservation only. Call 888-882-6664 for more information or to book your guided tour. Click here to learn more.