Some businesses offer things for free to lure in new customers.

The owners of the 600-acre Hamakua Springs Country Farms on the Big Island plan to give away thousands of bananas on Friday as a gesture of appreciation for a community’s business.

“It’s our way of saying thanks for all your support over these past 35 years, which we truly appreciate,” farmer Richard Ha wrote on the farm’s blog.

“Please come and take some bananas, with our sincere mahalo and aloha for all your support over the years!”

Green bananas on rack to be cleaned and prepared for shipping on Richard Ha's farm. Hawaii island farmer. Hawaii Energy. 1 july 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Hamakua Springs plans to give away thousands of bananas like these to thank the Big Island community for 35 years of support. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tight margins, volatile costs and agricultural diseases are sapping the energy of farmers, and convinced the Ha Family that their business could no longer pencil out.

The end of their agricultural operations will leave 26 employees without jobs.

Those interested in the contents of 300 boxes of bananas from the farm’s final harvest should drop in on the Hilo soccer fields on Kumu Street at 10 a.m.

And feel free to spread a little aloha.

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