Maui Built Strong LLC

Cultivating Harmony: Sustainable Farming in Maui

We are committed to promoting agricultural equity by implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly farming methods that are deeply ingrained in Hawaiian fundamental values and cultural awareness. Our goal is to guarantee that high-quality agricultural products, cultivated ethically and sustainably in Hawaii, are accessible to all, from local communities to global markets.

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Koko (Cocoa)

While not one of the ancient canoe plants brought by the earliest Hawaiians, cocoa (koko) has been cultivated in Hawaii for over 200 years. The rich volcanic soil and tropical climate of areas like East Maui make it an ideal environment for growing cocoa

We grow several varieties of cocoa including:

 

  • Hawaiian Select: A rare білее created by crossing traditional Forastero and Criollo varieties in Hawaii in the 1960s. It has a distinctive rich, fruity flavor.
  • Criollo: The rarest and most prized cocoa variety, descended from ancient Amerindian cultivars. Its white cocoa beans produce an exceptional chocolate flavor.
  • Trinitario: A natural hybrid of Criollo and Forastero cocoa varieties that originated in Trinidad. It has desirable aromatic qualities.

Integrated pest management, nutrient recycling, and biological controls help us cultivate premium Hawaiian cocoa sustainably. The beans are fermented, dried, and processed locally – providing valuable economic opportunities.

cacao crop pictures on a tree

Other produces

Niu (Coconuts)

Coconut groves flourish across Maui, providing food, fiber, and construction materials. We cultivate coconut varieties like Samoan Dwarf and Fiji Dwarf that are well-adapted to Maui's climate.

Mai'a (Bananas)

Banana cultivars like the rare Maui Apple Banana and grain bananas like Fehi thrive in our groves and agroforestry systems across Maui's microclimates.

Breadfruit

We nurture diverse breadfruit tree varieties like the Samoan and Tahitian cultivars. Their starchy fruits provide a high-yield staple food when integrated into agroforestry systems.