Slowing down and enjoying life: B and H Farm’s Michael Hayley and Precille Boisvert

  • Potted orchids fill a raised bed awaiting placement around the farm. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Michael is getting ready to plant the side shoots from last year’s pineapples. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Precille enjoys collecting objects around the farm for subjects in the zoom art classes she takes through OLLI Hawaii.

  • Tromboncino vines produce fruit that taste very like zucchini. (Precille Boisvert via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Mike Hayley is happy to now have time for a leisurely daily walk around his farm.

  • Precille Boisvert loves that she can grow oranges on her farm. (Photos by Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

I visited B and H Farm on an overcast spring morning. There was a noticeable chill in the air that could be expected at their 2,300-foot elevation in South Kona. About 20 minutes above the highway, a one-lane, partially paved road took me to a lovely farm that Michael Hayley and Precille Boisvert have enjoyed for nearly 25 years. Though high temperatures will hit Kailua as summer approaches, they report that temperatures over 80 degrees are rare at their farm even late in the season.