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 35 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 & endangered wildlife- NO Public access into the farm & Rice Mill unless through EXCLUSIVE GUIDED TOURS.