Welcome to Kualapuʻu
In the 1930s the headquarters of the Del Monte pineapple plantation were located here and a company town grew. Pineapples ruled for nearly 50 years, until Del Monte pulled out of Molokaʻi in 1982 and the economy crumbled.
While farm equipment rusted in overgrown pineapple fields, small-scale farming developed: watermelons, dryland taro, macadamia nuts, sweet potatoes, seed corn, string beans and onions. The soil is so rich here, some feel Molokaʻi has the potential to be Hawaii's 'breadbasket', although realization of this dream has been elusive.