Island Kitsch: Pineapple Fields Forever

What would Hawaii be without pineapple?

Recently I picked up a copy of Hawai’i Magazine while I had some time to kill. It had an article about the Hali’imaile Pineapple Company, Ltd. saving pineapple production on the island of Maui. For most people, this would be of passing interest. For me, it was like Christmas all over again.

I’ve worked the pineapple fields of Maui Land and Pine. I still remember where I was when I learned that the company was ceasing its pineapple operation. It was a very sad day. Hawaii and pineapple are forever associated with a really special time in my life. As I get older, I recognize that while some things may not be 100% perfect for the bottom line, they are worth preserving to maintain our connection to our roots. Hawaii pineapple is one of those worthy endeavors.

Pineapple Fields are being plowed under


Dispite the heroic efforts of Haliimaile Pineapple to resurrect the industry after Maui Land and Pineapple abandoned stewardship if their lands and their responsibility for their former employees hundreds of acres of Pineapple have been plowed under in Haiku Maui.

Despite the trauma individual pineapple plants are attempting to grow. CLICK HERE for larger image.

CLICK HERE for a larger version of this image and snapshots of verdent Haiku pineapple fields before the desecration.