Polipoli Farms
City: Waiehu, HI, 96793
About Us
Tucked away in the Waiehu foothills, Polipoli Farms sits on the same 'aina momona (fertile land) that fed generations of Native Hawaiians. As a Hawaiian-run farm, we blend indigenous and modern growing practices.
The ancient mahiʻai (Hawaiian farmer) did more than just cultivate food. These masters fostered an intimate relationship with their natural environment—from the soil and plants to the weather patterns and lunar cycles. This deep connection not only affected the way they grew food, but also how they made sense of the world around them. We are growing several endemic and native species, along with many traditional Hawaiian foods known as “canoe crops” because they were carried in the voyaging canoes of the early Polynesians who populated these islands.

For centuries, Pacific Islanders sustained themselves through agroforestry. This growing style mimics natural forests, integrating trees and multi-level crops into a single ecosystem. While "agroforestry” is a new term, mahiʻai have long proven the value of these systems. Benefits include healthier soil, hardier crops, and higher yields.

Mahiʻai were experts at regenerative practices, which focus on improving soil health, and ultimately plant and human health as a result. Hawaiians knew that farming in this way was a matter of survival—not just for themselves, but for the following generations. Here at Polipoli Farms, we improve our soil through planting cover crops, composting, rotational grazing, and agroforestry.