Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii
Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii
Located in Keke Gulch, Lawai, Ueunten Farm has been serving the community since 1933. Established by first generation immigrants from Okinawa we are now a third generation family farm.
Over the years Ueunten Farm has produced a variety of produce including Fern Shoots, Bluefield Bananas, Carambola, Citrus, Lilikoi, Longan, Lychee, Pithaya and more while being good stewards of the land. To learn more about the produce we grow, continue scrolling down our website or use the menu links above.
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Pohole – Warabi – Fiddlehead Fern
Pohole, also known as hō’i’o, paco or more commonly referred to by its Japanese name – warabi is an edible fiddlehead fern eaten in Hawaiian cuisine salad and stir-fry dishes. The salads are made the unfurled fronds of a Diplazium esculentum fern (also known as Athyrium esculentum). The ferns grow in wet areas of shady valleys. The fern species Diplazium esculentum is believed to have been introduced and naturalized in Hawaii and was first reported collected in 1910. The fern also has medicinal uses. Fern shoots are available throughout the year.
It was called Bluefields in Hawaii because they were initially brought from the port town of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Bluefield is a type of Gros Michel. Gros Michels used to be the supermarket standard up until the 50’s when Panama disease decimated them and made commercial production impractical.
Carambola or Starfruit
Carambola is a species of tree native to Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. We cultivate Kari, a variety selected by the University of Hawaii and an unnamed Florida variety propagated by the late Hideo Teshima.
This popular winter fruit is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas. The fruit 2” to 6” in length and oval in shape has five or more distinctive ridges running down the side. The skin is thin, waxy and smooth and turns yellow when ripe. When sliced in cross sections it resembles a star, hence it’s name.
Citrus is such a vast subject that volumes have been devoted to this genus. It is rich in history, with varieties being cultivated as far back as 2000 BC in China.
We grow a wide variety of citrus fruits — oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines, as well as tangelos, grapefruit, Meyer lemons, pummelo (jabong), and more.
The most productive months are from November to February when Minneola and Samson Tangelos, red, pink and white grapefruit and Meyer Lemons are in season.
Lilikoi or Passionfruit
In Hawaiian, the fruit is called lilikoi. The seeds of the yellow passionfruit were brought to Hawaii from Australia in 1923. In 1951, there were only a few acres of passionfruit plantings. It was then the University of Hawaii chose passionfruit as the most promising crop for development. Inside, the fruit is filled with an aromatic mass of juicy pulp and within are as many as 250 small, edible seeds. These vines, especially the yellow, are fast-growing and will begin to bear in one to three years. In fact, some vines can flower and fruit within a year after being started from seed. In Hawaii, passionfruit matures from June through January; the ripe fruit will fall to the ground.
Longan and Lychee
Like lychee, longan is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia that’s a member of the soapberry family. Longan is smaller than lychee, about the size of an olive, with smooth, hard, light tan skin that must be peeled away before you eat the fruit. The first lychee plant brought to Hawaii was imported from China in 1873 by Mr. Ching Chock and planted on the property of Mr. Chun Afong.
We grow Kaimana and Groff varieties of Lychee that bear in the summer months. Our trees are protected by netting allowing for tree-ripened fruit.
Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is produced from a climbing cactus plant known as pitaya or pitahaya; the fruit is also called pitaya. In Hawaiian it is known as paniniokapunahou or papipi pua. They are native to southern Mexico and Central America but are now cultivated heavily in Asia. Three different varieties are being grown in Hawaii: red-skinned with white flesh, red-skinned with dark magenta flesh, and the smaller yellow skinned with white or yellow flesh (most folks call this one Pitaya, it’s original South American name). We grow both the white and red fleshed fruit.