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Big avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Records honour

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Mark and Juliane Pokini and their son, Loihi, applied in December for the Guinness recognition involving a tough verification process by the company known as the chronicler of the world’s record achievements.

The family in 2018 entered another avocado, but it did not meet all the elements of the Guinness verification process requiring input from a certified horticulturalist, two forms completed by witnesses, a state-certified scale, photographs, video and other documentation.

For the second attempt, the family gathered a team and the right tools ahead of time as they watched the growth of what became the record fruit.

They did not water or fertilise the tree, deciding to “kind of just leave it alone”, Juliane Pokini said.

Winning was emotional, she said.

“We were excited,” Juliane Pokini said. “But at the same time, we were like, finally. It was such a long wait.”

The prize avocado was put to good use when the family “made a whole bunch of guacamole” to share with relatives and friends, she said.

Employee Meridyth Sealey, left, with Lo’ihi Pokini and his father Mark Pokini in their kitchen at Kula Country Farms in Kula, Hawaii.