History of the Macadamia Nut Industry in Hawai‘i 1881-1981: From Bush Nut to Gourmet’s Delight

Hiroshi Ooka inspecting harvesting net
Hiroshi Ooka inspecting harvesting net, Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Orchard, 1941

By Sandra Wagner-Wright
(Edwin Mellen Press, 1995)

This historical account of the macadamia nut focuses on the people and corporations that built an industry, not the scientific and technical progress in agriculture. In a nutshell, early efforts by the Honoka‘a Sugar Company and the Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Company developed the mac-nut’s commercial potential; Castle and Cooke, Inc. and C. Brewer and Company, Ltd. made the mac-nut a large-scale commercial product; and MacFarms of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Host Macadamia Nut Company, and Hawaiian Holiday, Inc. assiduously promoted the product around the world, making it a consummate symbol of Hawai‘i.

Regardless of its Australian origin, the macadamia nut industry was created in the islands and it’s how Hawai‘i says “Aloha” to the rest of the world.

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