July 1, 2010 – Kapoho, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
Puna farmer Laureto Julian talks about the day he made the heartwrenching discovery that his entire Kapoho papaya farm had been hacked down.
Police say the 8,500 papaya plants that were cut down, with the fruit still ripening on them, costing Julian and his family over $100,000. No arrests have been made.
In this interview, Julian wonders why someone – who he believes must have experience in tending papayas – would do such a thing.