Jim Nabors, commonly remembered as Gomer Pyle on the TV shows The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., was a popular Hollywood star who moved to Maui in 1976.
Upon the advice of his family, he converted a 500 acre oceanfront property he’d bought to a beautiful, and profitable, macadamia nut farm. As he says in the video, “We’re a small family operation that only husks 60,000 to 100,000 pounds a year.”
Wow! I wonder what a BIG operation does? LOL.
Even though Jim passed over in 2017, at 87 years old, his farm is still a going operation employing dozens of people – which shows a lot about what kind of person he was.
Enjoy the following videos and articles, and meet a wonderful man.
Aerial Photo of the Farm
In the below photo, the 500 acre farm runs from the Hana Airport, on the right, to the National Tropical Gardens on the left. The buildings in the left center of the photo are Jim’s house and farm buildings. The expanse of trees across the rest of the photo are the 6,000 macadamia nut trees that Jim and his crew planted to start the farm.
The property is on Ulaino Road, not far past the Hana Lava Tubes. The farm runs from the road to the ocean and is almost 500 acres, with a mile of oceanfront that has some of the biggest, most spectacular waves on Maui.
It’s private property with a new owner. Please don’t trespass.