KILAUEA, Hawaii -- The Kai Guava orchard and processing plant here
is open to the public for free picking.
Guava are sweet, soft, round and dimpled fruit about the size of
a tennis ball.
Visitors can wander in parts of the 450 acres of guava trees and
pick all the fruit they want. The orchard is open from 9 a.m. to 5
There are 43,650 guava trees in the orchard.
To find the place, visitors passing through the town of Kilauea
simply need to look for the giant, fake guava on the side of the
highway and turn there.
The orchard has a processing plant and a gift shop with guava
jam and a store with guava ice cream. Visitors can even watch a
video showing how the guava are processed.
The guava at the orchard is called Beaumont guava, developed by
the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture. They have
bright pink fruit with an edible rind. Wild guava, by contrast,
have fruit meat that ranges in color from white to yellow to
Guava trees like water. They can survive in areas with up to 200
inches of rainfall per year. The Kilauea area of Kauai gets about
100 inches of rain per year, and during the dry part of the summer,
the guava trees are given 50 gallons of water per day, per
Sucking up all that water produces a lot of fruit. According to
Kai Guava, a "mature tree can yield up to 300 pounds of fruit per
harvest cycle, allowing for a crop potential of 30,000 to 60,000
pounds per acre."
If visitors are lucky, they can see guava being processed on
site. They will learn that guava are handpicked by workers who each
pick up to 1,600 pounds of fruit per day.
The guava first are cleaned by automatic, high-pressure sprayers
and then handsorted. They are then disintegrated in a stainless
A pulper removes the seeds and a finisher presses the puree
through a fine screen. Only then is the pure guava puree ready for
For details, call Kai Guava at (808) 828-1761.