Space to grow. Still recovering from the end of big sugar’s demise, the Hamakua coast, or “Heritage coast” is what most people imagine what Hawaii must be like. A verdant landscape as one drives for miles passing palm lined valleys and cascading waterfalls. Old plantation towns dot the coast along the highway and agro-forestry has replaced half of the sugar cane fields.
New crops are being pioneered, botanic gardens are emerging as destinations, zip lines are catering to tourists seeking outdoor thrills, and gentleman farmers are building their dream properties. Rainfall, soil and space mean one can afford to farm on a commercial scale and enjoy the fruits of country life.