Koke‘e plum harvest opens Wednesday

LIHU‘E — This year’s season for plum harvesting at Koke‘e State Park will open Wednesday, states a Department of Land and Natural Resources press release.

But don’t expect abundance.

“This year the plum crop is disappointing,” State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn said. “There are very few plums and they are very small.”

Permits to harvest will be available starting Wednesday at the Koke‘e State Park Headquarters. There is no cost but forms must be completed and dropped in the box after harvesting. Harvesting is permitted between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in designated areas.

Each person will be allowed to take up to five pounds of plums per day for personal consumption. Other conditions will be specified on the plum harvesting permit. A short pole with a net will make harvesting easier.

DLNR is reminding plum pickers to help prevent forest fires and to pick up their litter.

Call the State Parks Office in Lihu‘e at 274-3445 For more information.

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