Mango, papaya season in full swing

  • This summer is a bumper crop for mangos but thanks to Madame Pele, papaya fruit may be scarce. (Photo courtesy / Voltaire Moise)

West Hawaii is having bumper crops of mango, banana and papaya this summer, but volcanic eruptions in Puna have destroyed more than homes. They have also destroyed valuable farmlands. Some of the main crops affected are fruit crops like mango, banana, citrus and especially papaya. Some major ornamental plant nurseries have also been destroyed. You will probably notice the lack of Puna papaya at the market due to Kilauea’s effect and this could affect production for some time.