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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sumida Farm

Sumida Farm CloseupSituated in between tall buildings and tons of concrete and asphalt sits, in my opinion, one of the most remarkable landmarks on O'ahu, not so much for what you see, but for what it represents.

Started in 1928 by Moriichi and Makiyo Sumida, this watercress farm has withstood the scourge of development in the heart of the concrete jungles of Pearlridge and hungry developers. Their son, Masaru fought developers of Peralridge Shopping Center to keep the states largest producer of watercress from turning into phase III of the shopping complex. Masaru passed away at the age of 84 in 2003 but the farm and family tradition lives on through his children.

Go to the Flickr page if you wish to see a zoom out picture of the surrounding area.

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Blogger Carol E. said...

I can't find a link to your Flickr page. I'd be interested to see the long view.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 1:40:00 PM HST  
Blogger Simply Jen said...

I love driving by there and had always wondered what exactly was grown there. Thanks for the history lesson. It is definitely a bright spot amidst traffic and buildings.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11:07:00 PM HST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine the city fathers would pass something to tax his property for the value it would bring if condos were built on it and in that way force the owner to sell. THey do it around here all the time. A nursery had many acres in the country. All planted with trees, etc. The city kept raising his property taxes after rezoning the place and he was forced to sell most of it to keep something. I suspect he will be out of business soon and the land will sprout new homes.

I am grateful your Masaru family is managing to hang onto what they have.


Monday, July 16, 2007 at 8:31:00 AM HST  
Blogger Felicia said...

What a great story and photo too! Hmm watercress, my first thought, even though it doesn't look like it, was pineapple. Are there still pineapple farms there?

Monday, July 16, 2007 at 11:29:00 AM HST  
Anonymous Curly said...

What a great David and Goliath story Kala, I hope the family continues to far there for many more generations.

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Monday, July 16, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM HST  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Oh I like the illustration that Curly made...a David and Goliath story. Perfect...I hope they can keep on and do their business instead of Big Business taking over.
Very interesting. Thanks Kala.

Monday, July 16, 2007 at 4:49:00 PM HST  
Blogger Kate said...

I hope nothing but success for this family. What a great inspirational story!!

Monday, July 16, 2007 at 6:44:00 PM HST  
Anonymous Runa said...

Oh yes i remember this when i lived in Honolulu ! But i never knew what they were growing but now i know !


Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 11:41:00 AM HST  
Blogger Simply Jen said...

Felicia, there are definitely still pineapple farms here. I live in the middle of an old one. A good bit of the land around it is still being used to grow pineapples.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 8:22:00 PM HST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god that's totally my dad's farm :D WOOT

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 9:06:00 AM HST  
Anonymous tarawr said...

YAY ! i <3 watercress !! ^^

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 9:09:00 AM HST  

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