During the first year of our labors in establishing the Hermitage, we mainly pushed back jungle, cut down trees; chipped wood; filled large areas of gulch with green waste, wood chips, and logs, and tilled the soil. Soon, we became well acquainted with our neighbor who lives on O'ahu and saw a mutual benefit in caring for his series of orchards, which his family named Lone Pine Farm during the 1920s. — nearly six acres of orchards featuring Abiu, Kahalu, Malama, and Sharwill Avocadoes, Custard Apple, Apple Banana, Largo Banana, Williams Banana, Breadfruit, Cacao, Coffee, Groff Lychee, Kaimana Lychee, Macadamia Nut, Mountain Apple, Starfruit, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon, Lime, Golden Nugget Mandarin Orange, Navel Orange, Valencia Orange, Damson Plum, Rambutan, Black Sapote, Tangelo, Tangerine, Wee Apple, and fruits we are still discovering.
Our initial task on Lone Pine Farm has been to push back jungle, reclaim old roads, prune, and, in general, to let the sun shine in. Recently, we have planted a new Meyer Lemon grove and a Kaimana Lychee grove.