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Persimmon season is at its end

Hashimotos have deep roots in generations-old farm

Clark and Jackie Hashimoto sort persimmons Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

KULA — Clark and Jackie Hashimoto sorted fresh persimmons in a shed at their family’s Hashimoto Persimmon Products farm in Kula as they neared the end of the season Saturday.

They said today would be the last day of harvesting and they expected to have several generations of family members helping pick fruit and haul crates.

As the seasonal fruit ripens and turns to a bright orange, so do the persimmon tree leaves.

Meanwhile, happy customers Rolando Mamaud of Wailuku and Hiromi Yamaguchi of Pukalani stocked up on persimmons Saturday at Hashimoto Persimmon Products.

“Every year I come up special for this,” Mamaud said. “It’s very good, nice quality.”

Rolando Mamaud of Wailuku gets his persimmons packed up Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Yamaguchi agreed. “They’re the best,” she said. “I’m a regular, too.”

The Hashimotos said they also have many customers from Lahaina who make the long drive each year.

Clark Hashimoto said some of the trees growing on the farm at 1378 Pulehuiki Road were planted more than 100 years ago by his great grandfather, Shinhichi Hashimoto.

He added that his mom, farm matriarch Hanako Hashimoto, who turned 100 in April and currently resides at Hale Makua, is scheduled to be honored Dec. 10 by members of the Japanese consulate.

Hiromi Yamaguchi of Pukalani shows off bags of persimmons she bought Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo