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Pineapple perseveres on small farms on the Valley Isle

  • Video by Andrew Gomes

    Maui's pineapple plantation faces challenges, but manages to outlive the sugar industry.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                This Aug. 13, 2019 photo shows Maui Gold Pineapple’s field. Maui Gold now grows pineapples on about 480 acres.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    This Aug. 13, 2019 photo shows Maui Gold Pineapple’s field. Maui Gold now grows pineapples on about 480 acres.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Tourist Sydney Merriman takes a photo of a baby pineapple on Aug. 13, 2019 at Maui Gold Pineapple.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Tourist Sydney Merriman takes a photo of a baby pineapple on Aug. 13, 2019 at Maui Gold Pineapple.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Harvested pineapples move along a conveyor on Aug. 13, 2019 in Maui Gold Pineapple’s facility.<style type="text/css"></style>

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Harvested pineapples move along a conveyor on Aug. 13, 2019 in Maui Gold Pineapple’s facility.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Tour guide Jaylin Kekiwi shows guests 100-gallon tubs of pineapple mash, one step on the way to getting made into vodka at Haliimaile Distilling Company on Aug. 13, 2019.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Tour guide Jaylin Kekiwi shows guests 100-gallon tubs of pineapple mash, one step on the way to getting made into vodka at Haliimaile Distilling Company on Aug. 13, 2019.

It’s easy to see Hawaii’s connection to pineapple farming at Maui’s main airport, where plush toys, picture frames, candy and other items made in the oblong fruit’s image are for sale along with three-packs of the real thing for $29.95. Read more

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