Ulupono Initiative

Anoano Farms

A thriving ulu (breadfruit) industry will lead to more locally produced food and also reduce the cost of animal feed – the single largest cost to local animal producers.

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Background

Although ulu (breadfruit) has been cultivated in the Pacific for thousands of years, the partnership between Ulupono Initiative and Anoano Farms marks the first time it will be cultivated for commercial consumption in the United States in recent years. The success of the orchard would demonstrate the commercial feasibility of the crop in Hawaii, which could establish additional cultivation and increase local food production. 

Rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as a high source of gluten-free carbohydrate and protein, ulu is a staple food for many Polynesian societies. Breadfruit is believed to have arrived in Hawaii around 750 AD.  Everything from the trunk to the fruit was used for nourishment, construction and tools. 

Hawaii has few commercial starch crops, so ulu has the potential to provide a locally grown, low-cost, nutrient rich starch that could produce both food for human consumption, and a resource for animal feed.

Why We Invested

This partnership with Anoano Farms has the potential to catalyze the ulu industry and demonstrate the commercial feasibility of the crop in Hawaii. A thriving ulu industry will lead to more locally produced food and also reduce the cost of animal feed – the single largest cost to local animal producers.

Impact

  • Demonstrate the commercial feasibility of ulu in Hawaii increasing local food production
  • Provide a locally grown, low-cost, nutrient rich starch
  • Lower cost of local animal feed

At a Glance

Investment Area
Food
Investment Model
For-Profit