Why Is Volcanic Soil Good For Farming?

Onions Growing in Volcanic Soil

Five volcanoes created the Big Island and their eruptions continue to form the land today. While lava and ash can be highly destructive it also makes for some of the most fertile soil in the world.  Plants spring up from the mineral-rich soil soon after an eruption restoring the area to its lush green beauty. If you think about it, it makes sense that lava would have the essential nutrients for rapid regrowth.  In a habitat where vegetation is being constantly destroyed the soil needs to be fertile to quickly begin again.

With such wonderful soil farming has become one of the main industries in Hawaii. A stroll through one of the many farmers’ markets will reveal locally grown produce such as guava and papaya as well as exotic fruits like mamey sapoy and bilimbi.  Agritourism has become a great way to help sustain some of the smaller farms and allowed locals to offer farm to table cuisine in bed and breakfast venues.

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own farm, now is the time to turn that dream into a reality. We currently have two listings in Waimea perfect for ambitious farmers. 66-1434 Puu Huluhulu Rd, located on the lalamilo farm lots subdivision, is a ten acre gentleman’s farm. The property has a 360 degree panoramic view of the kohala mountains, mauna kea, mauna loa, hualalai, and the pacific ocean. This four bedroom/ four full bath ranch home offers a gourmet kitchen, living room with cathedral ceilings, and one thousand five hundred square foot lanai.

66-1434 Puu Huluhulu Rd in Waimea

Nearby, on the same subdivision, is 66-1247 Lalamilo Farm Rd. This 15.95 acre farm has all the necessary facilities for full agricultural production including approximately 7.5 acres of greenhouses, four bedroom/ two bath main house, four bedrooms/ two full bath employees housing, and a large warehouse.  Built with low maintenance, low energy consumption, and high production farming in mind, this estate is a one of a kind property ready to go.

So what are you waiting for?  Come have a look at one of our farms today.  If you have any questions, please get in touch at MacArthur and Company / Sotheby’s International Realty.

About the Author

Dodie MacArthur ,


Dodie MacArthur began her real estate career in Honolulu in 1972. She quickly rose from top sales agent and project manager of major Honolulu developments to representing prominent estate and development properties on Oahu and the Big Island. With her honed real estate skills and experience, Dodie founded MacArthur and Company in 1989 with the objective of creating a unique boutique firm, where the clients needs came first. In the first year of operation, the company gained immediate recognition as a leading Big Island firm and continues to thrive as a market leader today. With her abundant energy, creative marketing and dynamic leadership skills, Dodie is responsible for business development and overall company management at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. She works closely with clients and agents in the marketing and sales of their properties. Her many years cultivating client and broker relationships ensures the firms clients unrivaled exposure. Along with her management staff and team of successful sales agents and brokers, Dodie is able to provide local, national and international clients with unparalleled customized service, fulfilling her promise that the client’s needs come first.

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