MADE IN HAWAII: Waimanalo Country Farms
Served up chilled and ready for sipping, thirsty customers just can't seem to get enough of Nalo Made Lemonade.
WAIMANALO, Hawaii - Served up chilled and ready for sipping, thirsty customers just can't seem to get enough of Nalo Made Lemonade.
You can find the signature mason jar bevy all over Oahu's farmers markets, roadside, and on their 52 acre farm where it's mixed up from scratch.
"Well...In the beginning it was a surprise, it's like wow this is amazing what people like," Dominic Kadooka of Waimanalo Country Farms said.
Kadooka and his family churn out big batches of the stuff to keep up with orders. On a busy week they can go through 1400 lemons. Because they use up so much fruit, the Kadooka's sometimes buy lemons from other local farms.
"As far as the recipe, it's mathematics and you just got to go according to taste but the one that we have, we call it perfect," Kadooka said.
The freshly squeezed drink isn't this farm's only success story. To understand that, you have to go back to its beginning circa in 1940.
That was when the fields were filled with watermelons as depicted in a newspaper clipping the family saved. The popular golden fruit developed quite the following.
Uncle Ron Wong kept up with demand but would eventually change up the family's cash crop.
Back in the early 70s is when he switched over to growing sweet corn.
"That's what he focused on because it was only a two month turn around, they took it out to the trucks on the highway's and they sold it there and
that's how we do it today," Kadooka said.
From planting to harvest, it's an ohana affair...
"Not only is it sustainable for us as a family but we feed people, nobody going starve. We go to work and we can make our own food. That's what I love about it," Kadooka said.
Kadooka's daughters represent the family run farm's 5th generation. Their husbands have joined the business too.
Cheyenne and her hubbie are expecting a baby boy in June and can't wait to pass down the family tradition.
"I hope that he can just roam, have fun be a boy, get dirty," Cheyenne said.
Midway through KITV's tour of the sprawling property, they passed a 2 acre sunflower field that was just in full bloom just a few weeks ago.
Its unobscured views and colorful backdrop attracted hundreds of onlookers anxious to snap picture after picture.
Another popular draw, their annual pumpkin patch each October.
Work on this farm never ends and the Kadookas hope they can continue the work just like loved ones before them did for decades. The land is owned by the state and it's unclear when the lease will be up.
"It's got a lot of history it's got a lot of blood sweat and tears that we put into the ground here, what I hope for is if it at least gets pro long so at least our children can raise their kids here and have that same experience," Kadooka said.
For now, the focus is on embracing techniques passed down through generations and finding ways to catapult those concepts into the future.