About Us

A 6TH GENERATION WORKING TARO FARM IN HANALEI VALLEY, KAUA`I, HAWAI`I.  

 
Ho`opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill is a 501c(3) nonprofit agrarian museum located in the taro fields of Hanalei Valley. It is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and dates back to the 1800s.
It was built by the Chinese and purchased by the Haraguchi family in 1924. It is the ONLY remaining rice mill in ALL of HAWAI`I!

The Haraguchi family has restored the mill three times; after a fire in 1930, then again after Hurricane Iwa in 1982 and Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The mill ceased operating in 1960 when Kaua`i's rice industry collapsed. A nonprofit organization was formed to preserve and interpret the mill, which has been visited by thousands of school children and adults in the past 29 years.
 
The organization is guided by an unpaid Board of Directors. These include President Rodney Haraguchi, whose great-grandfather and grandfather bought the mill in 1924; his wife, Karol; and his brother, Willard. Other board members are Gary Pacheco, Patricia Sheehan, and Sue Boynton. Barnes Riznik, PhD is a founding Board member and still serves in an advisory capacity.
 
The Haraguchi Family has humbly worked for years to preserve this historic site and in doing so have been able to preserve the memory of the people who lived, worked and farmed in Hanalei in the past.

This website will help you learn more about the Ho`opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill and our educational programs. We hope you will join our organization and help support our work.
 
Please RESPECT residents & endangerd wildlife- NO Public access into the farm & Rice Mill unless through EXCLUSIVE GUIDED TOURS, please click on our TOURS page for more information.
Mahalo (Thank you)

 
 

Guided Tours

About Tour: Visit Hawai`i's ONLY remaining Rice Mill (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), where the past meets the present. Tucked away on a working wetland taro farm on Kaua`i's dramatically scenic North Shore, the Haraguchi Rice Mill is found within a National Wildlife Refuge, usually not accessible to the public. Learn about Hawai`i's agriculture and cultural history, view endangered native water birds, and explore the cultivation and uses of taro, a traditional Polynesian food source. Then enjoy a complementary picnic lunch featuring unique items prepared with taro grown on the very farm you visit.

Tour Duration: Tours are offered Wednesdays at 10am. Check in at 9:45am and tour ends approximately 1:30pm, 3.5-4hours. Tour start promptly at 10am at the Haraguchi Rice Mill Kiosk. It is located at 5-5070A Kuhio Highway, next to Hanalei Taro & Juice Co., near the entrance to Hanalei Town. Park in the area behind the Rice Mill Kiosk. Restrooms are located near the parking lot. Limited restroom facilities are available on tour. Tours are conducted rain or shine. Please call 808-651-3399 if you get lost or have any questions.

Tour Description: Tour includes 3.5 hours, smoothie, farm fresh tastings, hands on activities, lunch, drinks, desserts, endangered birds & wildlife observations in areas that are normally closed to the public. Costs are $87/adult & we have special children rates. (please inform us of any food allergies).

Tour Policy: Please be prepared for rain and/or sun and two short walks over mostly level ground on grass that may be damp, wet or slightly muddy. 

To make a reservation please email or call 808.651.3399 with your lunch order (menu available in logistics below), cellular or contact # while on Kaua'i, ages of kids & Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express credit card to hold your tour reservation due to limited space on your.  Please note we do have a 24 hour cancellation policy, due to limited space & lengthy wait list. If anything should occur, please notify us 24 hours in advance as courtesy to give those on  the wait list a chance. Cancellations given less than 24 hours prior & no shows will be charged. 

The Haraguchi Rice Mill is a nonprofit organization. Your visit, donations, and gift shop purchases help support our free school tours, education programs and restoration efforts. Mahalo (Thank you)! Contact Us

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School Tours

About Tour:  The excursion features a guided tour of taro fields (lo`i) and ditches (auwai), information about the agricultural history, endangered birds and invasive species, Hawaiian culture, and the Hanalei Valley ahupua`a. Highlights of the excursion include a guided tour of Hawai`i's only remaining rice mill, which is also considered a living history museum. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tour Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour, although shorter and longer programs are available to meet a teacher's time schedule.

Tour Description: Please contact us for special arrangements.

Group Restrictions: The nonprofit Ho`opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill excursion is suitable for children of all ages. We prefer groups of no more than 25 children, accompanied by teachers and parents. If your group is large, we will be happy to help you combine your school excursion with another excursion so the large groups can be split into a more manageable size. We do accommodate special educational groups at a discounted rate for a full guided tour.

Tour Policy: Please be prepared for rain and/or sun and two short walks over mostly level ground on grass that may be damp, wet or slightly muddy. School tours are offered by appointment only. Teachers may contact the Education Administrator directly to schedule a tour and for worksheet and curriculum material. Bus money is also available through the Kilauea Point Natural History Association.

If you would like to schedule a tour or desire more information, please contact the Education Administrator Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama at  haraguchiricemill@gmail.com or 808.651.3399. Mahalo (Thank you) for your interest! Contact Us

 
 

Testimonals

"Loved the fruit drink and lunch brought back memories of food I ate here in 1948. I appreciated all the time you took in explaining everything and was interested in what you mentioned about your family's heritage." - Joy Niswander, Lima, New York
Very meaningful & worthwhile for the kids. They learn a lot about the rice mill and what we had once on the island. Also, that taro is very big on the island and important to a lot of people & families. The school tours is a very good program for the kids." -Mrs.Galiza, chaperone for Wilcox Elementary excursion
"Great program to educate the public. Don't lose the history." -Mrs.McCarthy, chaperone for Sacred Hearts Academy
"Very informative. The highlight of the tour was picking snails!" -Michael Cobbold, England
"Perfect length of time for tour, not too long or too short. Very informative, Lyndsey took her time to answer all of the adults and children's questions. Lunch was fabulous, onolicious! The highlight of the tour was all the hands-on stuff; snail/egg eradication, poi pounding and tasting. Thank you so much for all your hard work in/out of the field. It was an awesome cultural experience for the `ohana." -Chrystal Kitayama & Trisha Spencer, Maui (Chrystal helped coordinate their family reunion as a private tour).
"The hummus was excellent! Yummy, the dessert was so ono (taro mochi cake). The highlight of the tour was the taro farm, very informative. I learned so much about kalo (taro) and I'm from here! Thank you very much for taking the time out to teach us. The plight of your family to uphold the tradition of farming is awe inspiring." -Royleen Shupe, Las Vegas
"Lunch was very good, loved the beginning with the taro smoothie. Loved being in the taro field and scooping up the snails-yucky but fun. Also, seeing the fresh cooked taro mashing up and getting to taste it with the fresh coconut. Lyndsey was a wonderful guide-so ready to answer any and all questions from the mundane to the scientific. I also loved hearing about your family history and seeing the old pictures. Thank you!" -Susan Henry, Capistrano Beach, CA
"Length of the tour was very good-relaxing pace. Enjoyed the laulau-tasty. Hightlight was picking apple snails. With all the history and educational information given it gives me a better appreciation of poi. I always wanted to go into a taro farm and it was thoroughly enjoyable. We would do it again if we ever come back." -Luena Lum, Honolulu, Hawai`i
"Highlights of the tour was visiting the taro fields, learning about the challenges you face with the apple snails, and the magnificent views! Thank you for sharing your family's history with us. This has been one of the highlights of our trip to Kaua`i. I will be telling others they should go on your tour." -Mary Woelfel, Lodi, CA

 

 

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in our nonprofit organization. You can reach us via email at  haraguchiricemill@gmail.com.  You can also reach us via phone at (808)651-3399, although we love to work, please remember we're on Hawai`i Time. Or send us a letter to P.O. Box 427, Hanalei, Hawai`i, 96714. 

Tours are by reservation only, however you can visit us at the Rice Mill kiosk for gift shop items located at Hanalei Taro & Juice Co and farm fresh family dishes at 5-5070A Kuhio Hwy in Hanalei open daily 11am-3pm. Please see map below. Mahalo!