The Kamiya Papaya Story
The original "Kamiya Papaya" was a selection of the "Line 77" introduced by Dr. Henry Nakasone, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii in the early 1960's. The "Line 77" was a large round fruit with thick flesh and averaging over three pounds each, some as high as four pounds. It was also known for being a low bearing tree. Although it had excellent eating qualities the drawbacks were for that time was its size and deep star seed cavity which made it somewhat difficult to clean out the seeds. Faced with these drawbacks we began to select seeds for smaller and somewhat elongated fruit, and after many fields of trials we finally achieved a selection that bred true in subsequent plantings.

Following this selection and in the process of marketing this fruit through Times Super Markets demand for this fruit became so great that it required a brand name and hence this selection became known as the "Kamiya Papaya".

Over the many years of producing and marketing this papaya we are proud to say that we continue to serve many loyal and devoted customers who demand only the best. We hear it over and over direct from customers that, "once I eat your papaya I cannot eat any other".

The Kamiya papaya is a medium sized fruit with orange flesh, thin rind, mild, but delicate aroma, smooth texture, and high sugar content.

Our Mission  
The mission of Kamiya Gold, Inc., is to consistently meet customer expectations for exceptionally high quality papayas.

Our papayas will be the best in terms of sweetness, texture, aroma and color.

One taste and you will agree no other can compare.

Where to Buy Kamiya Papayas
Kamiya Papayas can be found at the following locations:

  • Times Super Markets
  • Tamashiro Market
  • Marukin Market
  • Best Market
  • Keeeaumoku Produce
  • Song Produce
  • Kaneohe Crackseed
  • CS Mart

How to Select a Kamiya Papaya  
Papaya sweetness is dependant on many factors such as tree health, fertilization, water availability, pest damage, and sunshine. But most important is when it is picked off the tree. Sugar content of the papaya fruit builds as it is ripening on the tree and hence the best fruit is tree ripened - but this is not practical because fruit flies and birds will get to them before you do. Therefore at Kamiya Gold, Inc., we harvest fruit that show signs of ripening, but are not yet ready to eat. We avoid picking any green fruit and if unintentionally picked, we discard them.

When shopping for papayas, first it is good to know how “fresh” or how long since harvest. Fresh papayas with definite signs of ripening, i.e. yellow streaks or breaking, together with bright green skin, will insure sweetness. Avoid fruits that are bruised or substantially “dinged”. Selected fruits should be firm to allow handling and avoid damage.

Allow fruits to ripen naturally at room temperature and when ripened to desired stage, refridgerate immediately. Generally, fruit ripeness is judged by “feel”. Papayas are ready to eat when it yields to finger pressure. The more it yileds, the riper it is.

Papayas can be served as a breakfast fruit, or as a desert. Some prefer to add a dash of lime or lemon when serving.

The GMO Story  
What is GMO? This acronym refers to the process of genetically modifying an organism or plant to impart certain desired qualities.

In the case of papayas the present "Rainbow" papaya is a modified cultivar resistant to the papaya ringspot virus, a devastating disease that almost destroyed Hawaii's papaya industry in early 1990's. Technically the modification process is analogous to being vaccinated for certain diseases such as measles, polio, etc. Although plants do not have immune systems as in animals pieces of the ringspot virus have been genetically inserted into the genetic makeup of the papaya to render it immune to that virus.

The original modification of papaya was done on the red variety called the sunrise and this papaya became known as the "Sunup". Subsequent crosses with the "Kapoho" resulted in the "Rainbow", the most prevalent fruit on the market today. To render the "Kamiya" immune to the virus, the "Kamiya" was crossed with the "Rainbow" and the resulting hybrid was named the "Laie Gold" in recognition of where the original crosses were made.

This original work was performed by Dr. Maureen Fitch of the USDA, ARS. Today we continue to enjoy all the qualities of the original "Kamiya" papaya, but with the added benefit of protection from papaya ringspot virus.

Hawai'i Seal of Quality
KAMIYA GOLD, INC. has been awarded the Hawai'i Seal of Quality by the State of Hawai'i DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. This insures that all Kamiya-brand papaya produced and shipped are locally-grown, genuine Hawai'i products.

KAMIYA GOLD, INC. is one of the Founding Members of this program. To find out more about this program that supports local Hawai'i-grown produce, please visit the HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE website.
Hawai'i Papaya Industry Association  

The Hawai'i Papaya Industry Association envisions nutritious, quality Hawaii grown papayas will be available to consumers worldwide. The association exists to promote the improvement of business conditions in the State of Hawai'i for the papaya industry, including the conditions relating to cultivation, distribution, sales, and use of papayas.

We are committed to this purpose for the improvement and orderly development of the papaya industry ... through research, education and cooperation on a non-partisan basis.

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