A COUPLE OF AQUAPONIC WIZARDS ARE RUNNING A WATERY FARM WHERE THEY BREED A MOST CAPTIVATING, AND ENDANGERED, SPECIES.
On a rocky spit by the Kona airport, Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is carrying on one of Hawai‘i's most quixotic enterprises: raising seahorses. It's one of the earliest farms in the world to successfully do so–and, during a tour of its Kona lab, you can actually have a close and, to judge from reactions, magical encounter.
"I made a cup of my hands in the water," said Gail Harada, a poet and professor of English at Kapi‘olani Community College, after a recent visit. "Then they put a seahorse in there, in my hands, but without it touching–just floating there. And then," she sighed, meltingly, "it curled its tail around my little finger."