Our Sharwil avocados are grown on our 16 acre farm in Honomolino, 35 miles south of Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. Located on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano, our land has the perfect combination of rain, fertile soil and mild temperatures that avocados love. You might call it avocado paradise!
Once harvested, our avocados are washed, sanitized, polished, graded and packed in our food safety certified packing facility located on our farm.
Michael Krones tasted his first avocado when he was twelve years old, after his family moved from Argentina to Peru. Argentina had no avocados. The strange new fruit was a revelation. It was love at first bite.
Years later, in 1994, he set sail for Hawai’i with his wife and two children from California. Powerful trade winds and fate carried them to the Big Island of Hawai'i. After landing in Hilo, they made their way to the Island’s west coast. Krones and his family settled on a farm in Honomolino, on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. His first crop wasn’t avocado, it was bees. Queen bees to be exact. Krones purchased the company Hawaiian Queen in 1995. The business is now in its 25th year of operation and run by his daughter and her husband.
In 1996, Krones began planting avocado trees on the farm. He noticed right away how the trees took to the soil and climate like a match made in heaven. This was no coincidence. The avocado is native to Mexico, specifically a volcanic mountainous region outside Mexico City. It likes fertile volcanic soil, good drainage, plenty of sunshine and higher elevation - about 1600 feet above sea level. His land in Honomalino matched these conditions exactly. In fact, if you look at a map of the world, you’ll see that this region of Mexico and the Big Island of Hawaii sit right on the same latitude line - 20 º N.
And so, Michael began planting avocados in earnest. Avoland was born.
Today, Avoland is home to over 800 trees across 16 acres with USAD food safety certification. They specialize in growing Sharwill Avocados, an Australian variety known for its gourmet flavor. Situated next door to the Hawaiian Queen farm, Krones' avocado orchards are abuzz with bees and other pollinators which help to bring a bountiful crop. If you are ever lucky enough to take a walk on the land with Krones, he’ll likely point out this symbiotic relationship between bee and tree.
“Nature’s miracles never cease to amaze me,” he says. It’s exactly this sense of awe and appreciation that inspires him as a farmer…that, and growing the Big Island’s best avocado.