The Farm at Hōkūala is a magical place with an apiary buzzing with fresh honey, an organic fruit orchard, a coconut grove, and trees that sprout beans that taste like vanilla ice cream! For this month’s Talk Story, we sat down with our new Farm Manager, Matias Rodriguez, to learn more about him.

Matias has always been drawn to nature and plant life; his childhood was spent in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he grew up exploring and helping in his father’s pecan orchard. As he continued to grow his passion for nature, he worked in a wholesale nursery where his knowledge deepened. Matias joined the Timbers Kaua‘i landscaping team at its inception in 2016. During that time, Matias worked closely with the farm and its staff—before being promoted this year to Farm Manager at the Farm at Hōkūala!

What is your “kuleana” (job) at Timbers Kaua‘i/Hōkūala and how long have you been part of the ‘ohana?
I am the Farm Manager since January, and I have been on the property for 10 years.

In your opinion, what makes Timbers Kaua‘i at Hōkūala special or unique?
The simple collaboration of our hard-working and joyful ohana!

Describe Kaua‘i in one word.

When not working, what is your favorite hobby?
Golfing, playing guitar and diorama building with my boys.

What does aloha mean to you?
Truthfulness and respect for each other, and to care for one another and be thankful.

What is your favorite Hawaiian food?
Hands down, has to be lau lau.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I still collect action figures, I enjoy cutting grass, and I eat cookies in a bowl of milk with a spoon!

Mahalo Matias for taking the time to talk story with us!

Want to meet more of our ‘ohana? Get to know our Naturalist, Alan Silva; Hualani’s Food and Beverage Director, Cory Dotario; and our Activities Coordinator, Nick Gomer.

What else makes Timbers Kaua’i at Hōkūala special? Other experiences include fresh farm-to-table dining at Hualani’s, Wildlife Sanctuary Bird-Watching Tour, or explore our ownership opportunities.