Meet Bryan Otani

Bryan OtaniA fourth-generation farmer, the wisdom of Maui’s soil in his body and soul, Otani manages all farm operations as well as sales and marketing for 17 acres of upcountry Kula land, deeply aware of the value of a farmer’s work. “People want and need to eat locally grown fresh vegetables,” he says. “That’s enough to make agriculture a career and lifestyle choice.”

Brian supplies green beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and, foremost, famed Kula onions, which have an entire festival dedicated to their name and serve as a fine example of the impact of agriculture on the local economy. “We are not there yet,” Otani says. “I would like to see agriculture become a bigger part of the community as far as developmental plans are concerned.”

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Meet Farmer Walter Evonuk

Walter EvonukA third generation farmer, Walter Evonuk (and his wife Terry Chang) manages 30 acres of farmland in Kula, Maui. Both left their architecture careers in San Francisco to return to the family farm Walter’s parents, Edward and Joan Evonuk, started in 1975. Culinary herbs are the foundation of their operation, with over 25 different herbs under continuous cultivation. They also grow gourmet beans and lettuces.

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Chauncy Monden

Chauncy MondenChauncy Monden – A graduate from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, Monden could have chosen a fast-track job in finance, but turned to farming instead: In 1998, when his father retired, he took over the family farm as a fourth-generation farmer who held his first hoe at age five.

Monden and his wife, Teena, run Kula Country Farms inspired by a conscientious choice to raise their children in the country, enthused by a love for Maui’s land. Their vision transcends their 55 acres of juicy, sweet strawberries, onions, and cabbages. “One of the benefits of being a farmer,” Monden says, “is the gratification you feel when you produce a consistent product. But we farm also to ensure that we don’t lose agriculture, our farming legacy.”  Kula Country Farms hosts annual “pick it yourself” events, year round for strawberries and, in October, pumpkins. Its Farm Stand is open six days a week. Kula Country Farms.