Located on the east coast of Oahu, 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Honolulu, Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts is set in the shadow of the mountains of the Koolau Range and is a stop on many circle-island tours. It’s a great place to enjoy a Hawaiian treat and shop for gifts and souvenirs.
Along with macadamia nuts, Tropical Farms sells coffee, chocolates, gift baskets, and other local items. The rustic indoor-outdoor complex is a nice break when you want to stretch your legs on a drive around the island, whether you make the journey yourself or as part of a circle-island tour from Waikiki or Honolulu.
Tastings are typically provided for coffee and different varieties of macadamia nuts, such as cinnamon- or Kona coffee-glazed, and tours are available into the orchards. Cracking the raw nuts is a favorite with kids.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is a parking lot on site.
- Circle-island tours that include a stop at the farm typically last from six to 10 hours, as many other stops are also made.
- Kamehameha Highway is a 2-lane road on this part of the island, and it’s the only way to get from north to south along the east coast; delays are possible.
- Tropical Farms is located about a mile down the road from popular Kualoa Ranch, making it easy to visit both in one day.
How to Get There
Tropical Farms is located on the Kamehameha Highway, one of Oahu’s major roads, which runs along the east coast, across the North Shore, and through the center of the island, making the farm easy to get to by car from Honolulu, Kailua, and the North Shore. By public transit, bus 55 stops near the farm entrance.
When to Get There
The store is open daily (except major holidays), from morning to early evening. To experience smaller crowds, go in the morning before most groups arrive.
Known for its outdoor adventure opportunities and movie filming locations, neighboring Kualoa Ranch is one of the most visited attractions on Oahu outside of Honolulu. ATV tours, horseback rides, and a zipline course provide ways to admire the green mountain scenery, and the movie tour shows you where blockbusters such as Jurassic Park have been filmed.