Koke‘e  Plum. Contributed photo

Koke‘e Plum. Contributed photo

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will open this year’s season for plum harvesting at Koke‘e State Park this Saturday. But state officials are not being too optimistic about this year’s crop.

“This year the plum crop is poor and small,” David Tsuchiya, Westside Kaua‘i Parks supervisor said in a press release.

Permits are required to harvest plums at Koke‘e. They will be available starting at 7 a.m. on July 2 at the Koke‘e State Park headquarters or at the State Parks office in Lihu‘e weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost but forms must be completed and dropped in the box after harvesting.

Harvesting is permitted between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in designated areas.

Each person will be allowed to take up to five pounds of plums per day for personal consumption.

Other conditions will be specified on the plum harvesting permit.

A short pole with a net will make harvesting easier.

Plum pickers are reminded to help prevent forest fires and to pick up their litter.

Call the State Parks office in Lihu‘e at 274-3444 for more information.