The Evolution of a Family Farm

My family has close to 80 years of farming experience.  My grandfather started it all.

My grandfather, Thomas Yushin Kamiya, as a young boy.


My dad collecting grass for his water buffalo.


My Uncle Paul with one of their dairy cows.


Fields of bananas planted.


My dad with my grandmother outside their old house.


Cattle grazing in the pastures below the Koolau Mountains.


My grandparents cattle roaming the pasture.


My dad, as a teenager, driving an old military jeep.


Back in the 50’s, my dad learned to hunt.


My grandma tended to her dairy cows every morning.


The old family house that sat beside the Koolau mountains between rice paddies.


My grandparents farming in Waikane Valley. They grew beans, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and bananas.


Our farm manager’s son helping out with the planting.


My dad plowing the field to get it ready for planting.


The trees that was saved by science.


Farming is a family thing with my mom and daughter processing the fruit.


Farming is a business and it takes HR skills and some marketing savvy to sell your goods.


Our farm manager, Neil, resting in the shade after a day of picking.


If it’s not picking or planting papaya, it’s fixing stuff.


My dad on his 1974 Ford tractor.


My brother, the next generation, planting next year’s crop.


My dad with my daughter, the next generation of farmers.





2 thoughts on “The Evolution of a Family Farm

  1. I love the picture of your Dad and daughter wandering through the sunn hemp field. It also looks like he is growing some tilth radish as a cover crop in addition to the sunn hemp. Or is that daikon he’s holding for the family dinner? Either way, state of the art farming requires so much knowledge of the requirements of the crop, the land, and a myriad of other environmental issues. It is so great that your Dad stuck with farming, despite the disaster associated with Papaya Ring Spot Virus, and a plethora of new pests that have come in over the last 15 to 20 years: White Peach Scale, Papaya Mealybug, Steven’s Leafhopper, Black Leaf Spot disease, along with the others that have been here for many years: several species of mites, fruit flies, aphids, Phytopthora Blight of stem, root, and fruit, Pythium Root Rot, Powdery Mildew, Papaya Ringspot Virus, Thrips, Fruit and Stem End Rots, and the list goes on and on. In this tropical climate that is ripe with exotic pest species it is amazing that we can pull off a successful crop. But your Dad is one of the best farmers in the world! It is outstanding that the next generation is taking over the farm. The young blood is needed and I would like to offer any support that I can to assist you and your brother as they tangle with pests, taxes, laws, and leases (among other things)! Imua Kamiya clan! You are loved and needed!

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