Waimanalo, HI 96795
Ringed by the majestic Waianae caldera, Frankie’s Nursery is a wonder. With several microclimates within a few hundred yards, the nursery houses dozens of varieties of fruit trees, many of them non-native to Hawaii (we don’t know what kinds of State Department connections owner Frankie Sekiya has, and we don’t want to know). Every day mangosteens, rambutan, jackfruit, lychee, and other prized fruit are for sale—and top chefs, including George Mavrothalassitis, will often drive up for inspiration, or to score a bushel of some rare fruit. The Frankie’s crew also has a stall at the Kapiolani Community College farmers market every Saturday. But many visitors to the nursery prefer to simply seek out the green peppercorns or elusive baby pineapple on the vibrant property.