Talk Story: Don Heacock

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Water buffalo are now on Kauai after Don Heacock worked for years to change the list of restricted animals from the state.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Four water buffalo are now at home on Don Heacock’s Lihue farm, where they are eating guinea grass and other vegetation.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Don Heacock now has three water buffalo calves on his farm in Lihue.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    This water buffalo baby was born on Kauai at the end of August.

  • Jessica Else/The Garden Island

    Don Heacock stands next to one of his water buffalo.

Don Heacock is a lot of things. He’s just retired from 40 years as an aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. He’s an advocate for sustainable agriculture that cultivates things like yerba mate, awa and taro alongside tilapia aquaponic projects on his 25-acre Lihue farm, called Kauai Organic Agroecosystems.

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