Lychee is one of Hawaii’s most popular fruits. The season is short and the red sweet fruit is savored by everyone. The Lychee is fresh out of hand but can be dried or used in desserts. The large beautiful trees thrive in a moist rocky soil and little fertilizer once they reach fruiting age. Lychee need to be protected from strong winds, and can be easily managed in height and shape with annual pruning after harvest. There are several popular varieties that do well here. The ‘Kaimana’ is the most popular cultivar because of its consistent bearing habits and high fruit quality. The large fruits are ripe between May and July.