Workdays at the W.T. Haraguchi Farm begin before the sun rises, seven days a week, rain or shine. Machete holstered, Duluth Wayforger™ Lyndsey steps steadily, heel to toe, through the terraced patches of wetland taro, harvesting and replanting by hand, just as her great-grandfather did.
W.T. Haraguchi Farm is the oldest and largest working taro farm in Hawai‘i. In addition, it’s been designated as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge. Five species of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds make the taro fields their nesting grounds throughout the year.
In town, Lyndsey and her husband, Brad co-own and run the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co., a farm-to-table food wagon that serves authentic Hawaiian dishes and original twists on taro-based fare, such as taro hummus and taro-fruit smoothies. The menu features the best of the Haraguchi Farm’s harvest and showcases seasonal ingredients of local growers.