When I was young(er) and full of energy I was a tour guide for Oahu Nature Tours. No, this is certainly not an endorsement. The owner is – let’s say unstable – and the tours are overpriced at best. Anyway, for the circle island tour we would drive past the Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet. I was told that if I stopped there, I could go into the office, tell them I brought a group and they would pay me $10. Greatest deal ever. I got paid to sample free coffee and macadamia nuts. My people loved it too. Afterall, a clean bathroom and free samples is a combination few can resist. With the non-stop stream of tour buses, I assume the mac nut farm is doing well. Brilliant. The mac nut farm will forever hold a special place in my heart.
But more recently I discovered something better than the free coffee and mac nut samples. If you walk out the back of the store you will find a big basket of macadamia nuts in the shell. You’re encouraged to crack your own by placing them in a puka and smashing them with a rock. The kids could do it all day. Combine it with a stop at Kualoa Beach Park and you’ve got yourself a good afternoon.
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