Crack the mac. This is a phrase that you have to know if you're planning on visiting the island of Molokai. Let the owners of Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nut Farm (view panorama), Tuddie and Kammy Purdy, teach you how to "crack a mac" or simply how to pry open a macadamia nut.
The 5-acre (20,234 sq. m) farm is located in Ho'olehua, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Kualapu'u. It has been in existence since 1980 and is a wonderful place to visit if you want to know about macadamia nut history and, of course, to try them and satisfy your taste buds.
There are 50 macadamia nut trees on this farm and all of them produce nuts year-round. The owners wait until the nuts are ready and fall to the ground, then pick them up and roast them in their oven, right on the farm. Nuts are never picked from the trees and the roasting involves no added oils or other ingredients. They also have unroasted nuts available. These nuts are all natural and are grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.
Purdy’s Macadamia Nut Farm is open on weekdays, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The farm is accessible on Sundays and holidays only by appointment.
Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nut Farm Overview
Five-acre (20,234 sq. m) macadamia nut farm, located in Ho'olehua on Molokai
Has been in existence since 1980 and is a popular visitor attraction
Lihi Pali Rd (2 miles - 3.2 km - west of Kualapuu), HoolehuaHI96729
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Reviews and Comments:
Purdy is a local guy you can learn a lot about Hawaiian
history from him. He gave us a detailed narration about
the history of the Islands. He also shared info about
his macadamia nut farm, how the nuts grow, etc. We
cracked a few nuts that we picked up from the ground
and ate them with honey and coconut slices. Really
cool! It can get a little crowded when a tour group
comes but if you are lucky to go when nobody else is
there you will have all of his attention.
Bill, May 21, 2012
Purdy gave me a tour of the farm. He was talking so
many acres of land, so many trees, so many pound of
nuts, etc. I asked him if he is rich and he replied
"yes, but only in heart. I live in paradice so I
don't need much." What a gret answer!