All Hail the Hawaiian Macadamia for Health & Happiness - Food & Beverage Magazine

All Hail the Hawaiian Macadamia for Health & Happiness

Amid New Year resolution season, throngs have committed (or re-committed) themselves to boosting nutritional health in order to promote their overall well-being.  When considering one’s heart health, you might be surprised to learn that macadamia nuts are not only wildly delicious—but can also foster a fitter ticker!

About two decades ago, scientists first discovered that adding macadamias to the diet appeared to lower the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood. Since then, researchers have been exploring the connection, resulting in a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the idea that a diet including macadamia nuts can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. This gives HDL, which acts as the “cleanup crew,” its best chance of collecting the excess LDL and take it to the liver to be eliminated. So, in essence, eating macadamia nuts can help improve the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol, allowing the HDL to prevent plaque from building up.

Beyond being heart smart by helping keep cholesterol under control, the nutritional qualities of macadamia nuts abound. This includes providing “good” fatty acids and plant-based protein. Plus, they have even been certified as a heart-healthy snack by the FDA, which was no small feat.

When it comes to sourcing macadamia nut options and trends in the marketplace, one need look no further than MacFarms—the parent company of Royal Hawaiian Orchards and MacFarms Snacks. The company grows and processes its own macadamia nuts in the volcanic-rich soil of Hawaii. No newcomer, the company’s story spans decades, beginning in the mid-20th Century with the founding of the Royal Hawaiian Nut Company. Though the business has evolved over the years, its dedication to health, wellness and “living aloha” has lived on.

For its part, the MacFarms Snacks subsidiary is a contemporary company that takes the healthy simplicity of a macadamia nut and adds classic and contemporary flavors “from paradise and beyond” to deliver crave-worthy confectionary treats. Because macadamias are more nutritious than traditional snacks, consumers can enjoy them guilt-free. Whether it’s a traditional tropical flavor or something chocolaty, these tasty treasures are wholesome and satisfying. The company offers options for every palate, with the following macadamia nut varietals available in convenient, four-ounce, travel-friendly snack pack pouches with a MSRP of $7.99: Kona Coffee Dark Chocolate, Caramel Sea Salt, Coconut Macaroon, Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate and Natural (with this national option also serving as a highly versatile ingredient in a multitude of recipes).

Not to be outdone, Royal Hawaiian Orchards has an array of sweet and savory macadamia products for both snacking and cooking as well—all locally grown and cultivated on the Big Island of Hawaii for more than four decades.

Royal Hawaiian’s new “Organics” offers some amazing flavors, and the breadth of options is impressive. The line at-large includes:


  • Garlic Herb & Olive Oil
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Rosemary & Sea Salt


Gift Baskets and Boxes

  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Savory Snack Lovers
  • Sampler
  • Savory and Chocolate Gift Box


Dark Chocolate Macadamias

  • Blackberry Goji
  • Blueberry Acai
  • Pomegranate Mango


Roasted Macadamias

  • Natural Macadamias
  • Sea Salt
  • Maui Onion
  • Hawaiian BBQ
  • Wasabi
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper


Island Assortments

  • Chocolate Island Assortment
  • Seasoned Island Assortment


Aloha 2 Go Pouches / Single Serves

  • Natural
  • Sea Salt
  • Sea Salt & Pepper
  • Hawaiian BBQ
  • Blueberry Acai
  • Blackberry Goji
  • Pomegranate Mango
  • Savory Variety Pack
  • Chocolate Covered Variety

Every flavor, including Royal Hawaiian’s organic line, has been certified by the non-GMO project, and are vegan and Keto/Paleo diet-friendly.

It’s also worth noting that The Kapua Ranch, MacFarms’ Macadamia Orchard on the Big Island of Hawaii, boasts over 250,000 trees and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. There, nuts are hand-picked and cracked fresh on site, ensuring consumers benefit from the most premium macadamias in the world, fresh from Hawaii. And, such freshness is certainly key to maintaining the health properties of these scintillating seeds (yep, a macadamia nut is actually a seed). From savory roasted nuts, to macadamia milks, confections and more, MacFarms has grown into a production powerhouse whose products are now widely available across the United States.

Also pulling on my heartstrings is the fact that Royal Hawaiian—and MacFarms at large—is founded on a few noteworthy beliefs: “The joyful sharing of life and aloha with family and community, being thoughtful about the food you put in your body, and respecting nature that provides it.” Who knew a macadamia nut could mean so very much?


As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her prolific cross-media platform work that reaches multi-millions each month via broadcast TV (her own major market/network TV show “Savvy Living” and copious other shows on which she appears) as well as print and online publications. Connect with her at / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIN

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.


Photos courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Orchards

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