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Banana business takes off for Hawaii island farm

  • DENNIS ODA / 2017

    San Francisco chef Jordan Keao and his son Kainoa made friends with a pig at Mana Ai farm last year during a visit to Hawaii. Keao will be part of a panel next week on the popularity of Hawaii’s food beyond the islands.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Andy Lafayette and his wife, Kazune, have produced and sold premium coffee and grafted Sharwill avocado trees since 1981, but for the past five years, a 2-acre banana patch that started out as a filler crop has accounted for 95 percent of their total sales of certified organic apple bananas sold under the Shogo’s Banana Patch label.

Everyone’s familiar with those hard, crunchy banana chips that can crack a tooth, but Lafayette Kona Farm has a chewier, sweeter dried banana alternative. Read more

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