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The best macadamia nut farms in Hawaii to visit
If you’ve ever enjoyed macadamia nuts, there’s a good chance they came from Hawaii. Today I am going to talk about the best macadamia nut farms to visit in Hawaii.
If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do in Hawaii, this one is for you!
If this is right up your alley, you might also enjoy the best pineapple farms to visit in Hawaii.
No matter which island you’ll be visiting, I recommend having a rental car; I recommend Discount Hawaii Car Rental. You’ll find the best prices, great service, and free cancellation. You won’t pay until you arrive, so reserve early to get the best deal.
Are macadamia nuts indigenous to Hawaii?
Just like most of the animals in Hawaii, macadamia nuts are not indigenous to Hawaii. The macadamia nut is originally from Australia, but Hawaii has created an industry from the macadamia nut.
By the way, did you know that pineapples aren’t native to Hawaii either!? It’s true. The iconic Hawaiian fruit isn’t originally from Hawaii. Now you know.
Macadamia Nut Farms in Hawaii
There are several Macadamia Nut Farms in Hawaii. The farms are on the islands of Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Molokai.
Macadamia nut farms on the Big Island
I’ve written several posts with things to do on the Big Island, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned macadamia nut farms yet – oops! It’s funny because visiting a macadamia nut farm is one of my first Hawaii memories as a child.
There are not one but two macadamia nut farms you can visit on The Big Island.
Mauna Loa Visitors Center
Do you know the little blue jars of macadamia nuts? These are from Mauna Loa macadamia nut farm! You can buy them all over the mainland US.
My husband is obsessed with Mauna Loa macadamia nuts. I like them too, but maybe not as much as he does! He says the onion and garlic flavor are the best; you’re welcome.
One of my earliest memories on the Big Island is visiting Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm. You can take a self-guided tour, enjoy some samples, and stock up on snacks for your Big Island road trips.
Important note: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm is more like a big gift shop and not truly a “farm tour,” but it’s definitely worth checking out!
Mauna Loa macadamia nuts can be found all over the US. However, you’ll find more flavors and fun macadamia nut-themed items at the Mauna Loa Visitors Center!
Hamakua Macadamia Nut Visitors Center
Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company offers macadamia nuts, chocolates, and coffee grown right on the Big Island. They also have a visitors center which offers factory tours.
You can also purchase the products on their website.
More things to do on the Big Island:
- 20 things to do in Hilo
- Where to find sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii
- 25 best things to do in Kona
- The 10 best tours on the Big Island
- The Best Happy Hours in Kona
Macadamia nut farms on Oahu
Tropical Farms is “the little country store on the way the North Shore.” Although Tropical Farms does not offer tours, it’s definitely worth a stop for chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, and macadamia nuts on your way to the North Shore.
Make sure you also check out things to do on the North Shore of Oahu. Even if you’re staying in Waikiki, I highly recommend a trip to the North Shore.
The North Shore is my favorite part of Oahu!
More things to do in Oahu:
- 10 best things to do in Waikiki
- 10 best things to do in Oahu
- What is the best luau on Oahu?
- The best Oahu snorkeling
Macadamia nut farms in Maui
Maui Tropical Plantation
I mentioned riding the train at Maui Tropical Plantation in my 50 things to do in Maui post.
Maui Tropical Plantation is a working plantation and agricultural theme park located on 500 acres.
Sadly, Maui Tropical Plantation is now closed indefinitely. 😭
More things to do in Maui:
Macadamia nut farms in Molokai
Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut Farm
If you want to visit “the friendly isle” and are looking for things to do in Molokai, look no further.
This 5-acre homestead and macadamia nut farm in Molokai offers “Na Hua ‘O Ka Aina” or “the fruits of the land.”
Tuddie and Kammie Purdy have been offering tours of their farm since 1980. If you want to learn about macadamia nuts, Hawaiian culture, and life on Molokai, this is a must.
Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut farm also offers an online virtual tour. This is a small family farm on a remote island, so make sure to call first to check availability.
Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut Farm is the most authentic farm tour on this list, so I highly recommend checking it out if you’re able to make it to Molokai.
Although most people don’t spend an entire vacation in Molokai, it’s easy to access from Maui. You can take a quick inter-island flight and spend a day or two visiting Molokai.
Things to do in Molokai:
- Take a helicopter tour of West Maui and Molokai. (This departs from Maui but is one of the best helicopter tours in Hawaii and a great way to see Molokai if you can’t make it there otherwise.)
- Enjoy Live Music at Hale Kealoha.
- Send a friend a coconut at the US Post Office outside of Ho‘olehua.
- Visit Papohaku Beach Park.
- Check out Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
- Hike at Kalawa Valley.
Macadamia Nut Farms in Hawaii
I hope that you enjoyed this list of macadamia nut farms in Hawaii. If you plan to visit Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, or Molokai, check out a macadamia nut farm!
Want even more Hawaii travel ideas? Check out some of my most popular Hawaii blog posts:
- The 10 best Hawaii tours
- Is Hawaii safe?
- The 8 best beaches in Hilo
- What is the best luau in Hawaii?
- 10 things to know before going to Hawaii
- How much does it cost to go to Hawaii?
- How to survive the flight to Hawaii & how to fight jet lag in Hawaii
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