Outdoor Hawaiian Pakalōlō Propagation
There was a time, when any article about Outdoor Hawaiian Pakalōlō Propagation would have included a lengthy section on guerilla growing, with a portion detailing the dangers of an airborne marijuana eradication program known as Operation Green Harvest.
Now, with 33 states passing laws re-legalizing Cannabis for Medical or Recreational use — we live in a mo’ betta’ time — a period of Pakalōlō Prosperity.
Hawai’i legalized medical marijuana in the year 2000, allowing possession & cultivation of cannabis, with a valid state issued license.
So, you can legally grow Pakalōlō — but what you know about Outdoor Pakalōlō Propagation, here in Hawai’i?
Cultivating Cannabis, here in Hawai’i, is a bird of a different feather — in fact, many experienced growers, migrating to the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland, are sadly disappointed, when their favorite flavors from home perform less than professionally in our unique tropical environment.
With over %80 humidity, coupled with temperatures exceeding 80° year round, mold & mildew can decimate entire cannabis crops in a matter of days. Many growers who move here learn that lesson the hard way, after their prize Pakalōlō plant performs poorly here in Hawai’i.
Just having a year round outdoor growing season is not enough to make a Pakalōlō propagator professional — one must be able to ride wild waves of heat, humidity & endure those torrential tropical downpours, we know so well, here in Hawai’i.
As any experienced wave navigator will tell you: the board you ride is just as important to your surfing success, as the wave you seek.
Think of your Pakalōlō plant like your surfboard — if you get one that is handcrafted, made by locals who know how to ride island waves; you will no doubt fair mo’ betta’, than if you decide to He’enalu (Hawaiian for “Surf” meaning: “to slide on waves”) on a mass production Styrofoam boogie board purchased from a large department store.
The same can be said when selecting the right Genetics to Grow outdoors here in Hawai’i: choosing local strains, known to survive & thrive on island, as opposed to trendy mainland clones — is a wise choice.
Speaking of birds & Big Island bud:
Hawaiian Duckfoot is a landrace Indica cannabis cultivar, cultivated on Big Island since the 1700’s, brought by ships sailing upon the sea to barter & trade. Centuries of cultivation, here in Hawai’i, have acclimated strains like Hawaiian Duckfoot, Hawaiian Elephant, Hawaiian Bloodline Kona Gold, Maui Wowie, Kaua’i Electric & Moloka’i Purpz to the point where they are some of the most resilient Pakalōlō plants on the planet!
Laboratory test results, received on both Bloodline & Duckfoot, indicate a lower level of genetic variation than the majority of samples submit to Phylos Bioscience (lower, even, than some landrace Afghan & Thai lines), proving Hawaiian Pakalōlō is some of the most ancient cannabis left in existence!
Back to birds (again), we should say Mahalo (Thanks) to our feathered friends for bringing some of our favorite flowers here to Hawai’i. It is estimated that ¾ of plant species here in Hawai’i arrived by pineapple air express.
“Bird-borne seeds that sprouted here in Hawai’i evolved into more than a thousand species” ~ Bird Note
Our Kūpuna (Wise Elders) theorize Pakalōlō strains like Moloka’i Purpz, who inherits her lovely, lush purple hues from Hanauna (Generations) of cultivation high upon the world’s tallest sea cliffs, Kaua’i Electric a special sativa known as Mana medicine from Mt. Wai’ale’ale & even magical, mystical, medicinal Maui Wowie — with her prehistoric Pakalōlō palate pleasing performance — could have been brought here by birds, long before medicated memory can record.
With hundreds of years to acclimate, Hawaiian landrace strains consistently outperform Genetics grown here in Hawai’i for decades, like ‘98 Aloha White Widow & acclimated Afghan strains, renamed local marijuana monikers like “Kula Krippler” that were brought here in the late 1970’s.
Growing Hawaiian Pakalōlō, here in Hawai’i, will produce the best results & show you why we say:
“Hawai’i Pakalōlō Nō ka ‘oi”
(Hawaiian Cannabis is the Best)
Hawai’i has one traditional Long Season, spanning from Spring to Autumn (similar to mainland kine), as well as multiple Short Seasons all throughout the year.
Today, 4/20, (a International Pakalōlō Puffing Holiday) is the perfect time to begin preparing Pakalōlō ‘Ano ‘Ano (Seeds) for Long Season. With 12 hours & 43 minutes of daylight, 4/20/2019 has the most sunlight of any day since New Year’s Day — clocking in 10 hours & 52 minutes of daylight — until tomorrow when we will have 12 hours & 45 minutes.
The length of our days here in Hawai’i will steadily increasing until Summer Solstice (June 21st), when we will enjoy a hot Hawaiian style sun cycle peak of around 13 hours & 30 minutes. After the longest day of the year, the hours of daylight decrease approaching Winter Solstice (December 21st), the shortest day of the year, with 10 hours & 50 minutes of daylight.
4/20 is prime Pakalōlō planting time for Long Season, allowing 9 weeks of vegetative growth, with ever increasing light, until Summer Solstice when the hours of daylight begin decreasing. Pakalōlō plants begin aggressively flowering once the photoperiod dips below 12 hours of Light.
We have over 12 hours of daylight here in Hawai’i until late September to Early October. Long season concludes in October to November. Those who ride the Long Season wave from April to November (equipped with a Hawaiian Pakalōlō Longboard Sativa strain), can expect an abundant harvest. Growing acclimated Hawaiian Sativa strains during Long Season is, literally, the sticky stuff that legends are made of.
Makahiki is harvest season at the end of October to mid November.
Lono is Akua (God) of the Harvest, associated with fertility & rain.
For those who miss dakine Long Season wave, no worries (as we say here in Hawai’i), we get plenty Short Season opportunities to propagate Pakalōlō.
Technically, one could place a plant outdoors every day of the year, here in Hawai’i, with varying degrees of success. Plants placed outdoors during Short Season will flower faster & are subject to punishing torrential tropical downpours that cause many Pakalōlō plants, that are not acclimated, to perish.
Our Kūpuna (Wise Elders) like to catch rides on Solar Waves during Short Season on September 1st — when we have 12 hours & 33 minutes of daylight — to double down on their Long Season harvest.
Literal waves of Pakalōlō can be planted all year round here in Hawai’i!
Just as Long Season is ending, another Short Season is beginning. A constantly changing cycle.
The most solid Short Season periods to plant Pakalōlō are at the end of Summer & the end of Winter.
Kau is Summer (May to October).
Ho’oilo is Winter (November to April).
During Hawai’i Short Season, Hawaiian Indica strains like Puna Buddaz, Moloka’i Hashplant & Hawaiian Duckfoot can really shine & show their strengths. Though Hawaiian Sativa strains can be cultivated by Pakalōlō professionals successfully during Short Season — yield will be significantly decreased. Growing a landrace Hawaiian Indica or a Hawaiian Hybrid during Short Season is highly recommend.
Calm Down My Selector
“Calm Down My Selector” ~ Rastafarian Adage
Now that you have selected your strains & season — you can calm down & enjoy da ride!
Just look around you, every plant, here in Hawai’i is flourishing!!
There is a reason Hawai’i is universally known as “Paradise”.
The truth is, Hawai’i, will do most of the work, when it comes to Outdoor Pakalōlō Propagation.
With the right Genetics, along with a knowledge of our Grow Seasons here in Hawai’i — cultivation of cannabis is cruise as riding a Longboard on a wave in Waikiki — another reason why we say:
“Lucky We Live Hawai’i”
Mahalo nui loa
Aloha a hui hou
Pua Mana ‘Ohana