Island Harvest is a certified organic farm growing macadamia nuts on over 700 acres in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. The macadamias are sold wholesale in-shell to various processors on the Big Island, where they are roasted and made into delicious products sold worldwide. Island Harvest also uses a small portion of their crop to make value-added products.
Island Harvest believes that farming should be done with a holistic approach that cares for the land, trees, workers, and community. They are committed to organic and sustainable farming methods that eliminate the use of potentially harmful chemicals and reduce the use of off-farm inputs. They seek to build healthy soils, develop vibrant root systems, and optimize the value of macadamias to benefit the Kohala economy.
100% of profits from Island Harvest's products will be reinvested into what matters to them most. They believe in organic and regenerative farming methods, so 50% of profits directly enable them to spread more compost, plant more trees, and to do other activities that improve soil and tree health. Island Harvest also believes farming should benefit the community, so 25% of profits go towards programs that support the small community of Kohala in partnership with the North Kohala Community Resource Center and other community organizations. Finally, Island Harvest believes in giving back to the farm workers that make these products possible, so 25% of profits are shared with Island Harvest employees.
Most of the macadamia orchards Island Harvest manages were planted in the 1970’s and 80’s when sugarcane production became less feasible and plantations shut down throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Island Harvest was founded in 1991 to manage Kohala’s agricultural lands in the post-sugar era. Island Harvest has always been committed to sustainable farming methods and in 2015 began transitioning macadamia orchards to be eligible for organic certification. With sustainable methods and inputs, Island Harvest seeks to increase soil life, reduce erosion, and grow healthy trees to produce a healthy crop.
The mission of Island Harvest is to steward Kohala’s agricultural lands, promote the well-being of the community, and provide quality food through organic and natural farming of macadamia nuts. Island Harvest's vision is to see a macadamia nut business promote the well-being of the community of North Kohala. The company's values are Justice, Generosity, Stewardship and Love.