Koke‘e plums. Photo courtesy of DLNR.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources opened this year’s season for plum harvesting at Kōkeʻe State Park on July 4, but just as state officials expected, this year’s plum crop happens to be poor.

Permits to harvest are required and are available at Kōkeʻe Natural History Museum, according to a DLNR news release. 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 is allowed to take up to five pounds of plums per day for personal consumption. Other conditions are specified on the plum harvesting permit. A short pole with a net will make harvesting easier, according to DLNR.

Plum pickers are reminded to help prevent forest fires and to pick up their litter. For more information, call the State Parks Office in Lihu‘e at 274-3444.