Kauai Stories 2

Kauai Stories 2: From Pot to Pineapple (excerpt)

Kauai Stories 2 by Write PathThe word “dynamo” was invented to describe Jude Huber. At five feet tall, with arms and hands that look powerful enough to rip a pineapple in half, she has the energy of five men, is articulate, funny and tenacious.

After surviving difficult teenage and early adult years of her own making in New York, and on Oahu and Maui, she finally found her home on the Garden Island of Kauai. She became an excellent housepainter and surfer along the way; learned about unconditional love from Hawaiian people; and, with her husband, Paul, became a full-time farmer of Kauai Sugarloaf pineapple, growing the sweet white-flesh delicacy at their 37-acre Hole in the Mountain Farm on the northeast side of Kauai. 

Against the backdrop of tidy rows of vibrant pineapple plants and her orchards of mango, longan and rambutan trees, Jude tells her story of how she came to Kauai and ultimately found her calling.

 

Wild Child

 

I came to Hawaii from Yonkers, New York when I was 17, but not because I wanted to or had this great plan for my life.

I had been a wild child right out of the gate. My mother says I never walked, I ran. I climbed on everything. I was not an obedient child. As a teenager, I started smoking pot (marijuana). I wouldn’t come home or I would “forget” to come home. I was killing my mom, making her nuts. She was having nervous breakdowns. It was a horrible time for both of us, and much worse for her.

My brother, who is 11 years older than I am, lived in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, owned a health food store and became an organic farmer. When he visited us in New York in the 1970s on his way to Morocco for business, he saw what kind of trouble I was in. He told my parents, “Just send her to Hawaii and I’ll straighten her out.”

My father asked me, “What do you think about moving to Hawaii?” What I really wanted to do was hang out with my boyfriend all summer and go to rock and roll concerts. But this came out of my mouth: “No, I want to work all summer and buy a motorcycle.” My father says, “Don’t tell your mother, but I’ll buy you whatever motorcycle you want if you leave for Hawaii tomorrow.”   

Read more about Jude's adventures in Kauai Stories 2

 

 

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