M. Kawamura expo offers more than new products

LIHU‘E — Daniel Kawamura of M. Kawamura Farm Enterprises said activity and interest in chipper shredders has increased since the no-burn law was put in effect.

“People don’t realize how much they used to burn,” Daniel said. “But with the new law in effect, they need to figure out how to get rid of what they used to burn before.”

M. Kawamura stocks several different gasoline-powered chipper-shredders and has access to a wide variety of models from Bear Cat and Mighty Max.

“Right now, we do a lot of special ordering for customers, but during the annual expo, Friday and Saturday, customers can meet the manufacturers’ representatives and get the facts right there,” Daniel said. “The added benefit is the manufacturers usually arrive with their own listing of special pricing which can be passed along to customers.”

The M. Kawamura farm and garden expo opens Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

One of the new items featured during this year’s show is a capstan winch, which uses rope instead of steel cable to pull a variety of items.

Powered by a Honda gas motor, the winch is only slightly larger than a six-pack cooler, and because of its gas-powered motor, can be operated anywhere for a variety of users including big game hunters, wood cutters, vehicle owners, boat owners and contractors.

Advantages of using a capstan winch is the user is not limited to the length of cable a drum can hold, pulling power does not decrease as the drum fills and the slack in the winch can be tightened by hand without running the winch.

This is just one of the new pieces of equipment that joins the growing M. Kawamura inventory.

Representatives will also be available from makers of potting soil and fertilizers, as well as large manufacturers such as Echo and Shindaiwa that produce equipment for homeowners and commercial users.

Ed Kawamura will be proud to show off his battery of recycled bathtubs, which produce a wide variety of produce bounty after being filled with potting soils and seeded. This concept was showcased recently when residents at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital unveiled some juicy okra from the hospital’s gardening program during its recent Passport to Kupuna Health fair.

The two-day expo, complete with prize drawings, is a free, informative way to lessen one’s carbon footprint.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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