Kula avocado looks heavier than latest world record-holder

Pokini family members in Upcountry are trying to get their giant avocado to be declared the heaviest in the Guinness Book of World Records. Their avocado, which they had weighed on several scales including one at the Kula Post Office on Thursday, weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at its peak. -- Pokini family photo

Pokini family members in Upcountry are trying to get their giant avocado to be declared the heaviest in the Guinness Book of World Records. Their avocado, which they had weighed on several scales including one at the Kula Post Office on Thursday, weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at its peak. -- Pokini family photo

As the Guinness Book of World Records recognized a Big Island woman’s giant avocado, members of a Maui family say they have grown a bigger one in their yard in Hawaiian Homes in Kula.

Juliane Pokini said Friday that her family has offered up its 5-pound, 7-ounce avocado to Guinness for its record books.

South Kona resident Pamela Wang’s avocado, which Hawaii News Now reported Friday was certified by Guinness as the world’s heaviest, was “only” 5 pounds, 3.6 ounces.

Pokini said it will take up to 12 weeks to determine if her family’s avocado is the heaviest. The family could have paid $800 to expedite the process but declined.

There has been a fascination with enormous avocados since Wang stumbled upon her giant fruit during her daily walk early this month.

The Pokini family’s avocado, which was apparently heavier than the one that made news on the Big Island earlier this month, is 8 inches long and 20 3/8 inches in circumference. -- Pokini family photo

The Pokini family’s avocado, which was apparently heavier than the one that made news on the Big Island earlier this month, is 8 inches long and 20 3/8 inches in circumference. -- Pokini family photo

The Pokinis noticed two large fruits hanging from their 10-year-old, 20-foot-tall avocado tree. On Tuesday, they took them to Morihara Store, which has a certified scale. Both avocados came in at 5 pounds 7 ounces. They are 8 inches long and 20 3/8 inches in circumference.

Guinness requires an “expert” to be present at the weigh in, “but we couldn’t find any expert, just two grocery clerks and ourselves,” Pokini said.

“We called everywhere,” she said, including the state Agriculture Department and the University of Hawaii Kula Experiment Station.

“It’s so hard to find anyone on Maui.”

An official at the Kula station suggested taking the avocados to the post office, which the family did Thursday. The fruit was losing weight by then due to dehydration and came in at 5 pounds 5.3 ounces and 5 pounds 5.2 ounces on the Kula Post Office scale.

Mark Pokini planted the avocado seed when son, Loihi, was born. The seed came from a 50-year-old avocado tree in Kailua, Oahu, known for producing large fruit, said Juliane Pokini. She said she believes it is a Reed avocado variety.

The tree began its life in a pot in the Pokinis’ previous home in Omaopio and was pulled out by Loihi a couple of times and replanted. The family thought the tree would die, but it didn’t.

The Pokinis planted the tree on their homestead before their house was completed. They don’t water or fertilize the tree, and “kind of just leave it alone” with the exception for some trimming, said Juliane Pokini.

“My husband does have a green thumb,” she added.

The tree hasn’t produced fruit this large until this year, and she had no real explanation for the explosion in size. She said that ducks have been seen under the tree and may be fertilizing it.

The avocados from the tree are on the watery side and are good for guacamole, Juliane Pokini said. When these two ripen, there will be lots of guacamole, she added.

“If Guinness doesn’t accept it, oh well,” she said. “It’s just for fun.”

* Lee Imada can be reached at leeimada@mauinews.com.

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