Nestled into the beautiful countryside of Kilauea, you'll find the "Guava Capital of the World," Guava Kai Plantation. The guava grown at Guava Kai, the Beaumont Guava, are yellow on the outside with juicy, pink fruit in the center. You can eat this breed of guava like you would eat an apple (skin and all). The fruits themselves are very delicate (similar to a plum) because of this thin, edible skin.
Things to Do at Guava Kai:
* Pick and eat fresh guava fruit - Fresh guava is sliced and samples are available at the Snack Shop.
* Take a self-guided nature walk - Enjoy a 10-20 minute walk through the grounds while exploring unusual fruit trees and plants.
* Get a tour of the Plantation - Plantation Tours are available most days of the week. Call ahead to check the schedule before you go. These are especially popular with groups.
* Sliced Beaumont guava from Guava Kai Learn about guava - Guava Kai is family-owned and operated. All of the people you meet who work there are knowledgeable about guava and the harvesting process. If you want a demonstration for your group, call ahead to make arrangements.
* Try guava products - You can sample a variety of guava products in the Guava Kai Gift Shop, including guava nectar juice, guava jam, guava-strawberry jam, barbecue sauce, and more.
* Shop for guava goodies - The Gift Shop has a variety of yummy guava products from which to choose. You'll also find adorable dish towels, guava lotions and bath products, and children's books. You can even arrange to have your items shipped so you won't have to carry them on a plane or cruise back home.
* Have a snack - If you're still hungry after sampling the fresh guava fruit and guava products, you can grab a bite to eat at the Guava Kai Snack Shop. They offer a few sandwiches and snacks including ice cream and shave ice.
The view from the entrance of Guava Kai is exciting if you have never seen a real guava before. This is an activity a lot of visitors miss, but shouldn’t.