Celebrating Business: Taro Kodama President of Kodama Koi Farm
By Renée Tillotson
Kodama Koi Farm finds passion and purpose in the tradition of enjoying and offering beauty to the world through koi – living symbols of peace. They just celebrated 50 years of business.
Taro Kodama’s father, Mamoru Kodama originally founded their koi farm in Japan in 1967, where Taro first joined his side to work with the fish. Eventually moving to Mililani on Oahu to start Kodama Koi Farms, Taro has been now serving koi lovers around the world for decades.
Kodama Koi Farms is the largest importer and distributor of high quality Japanese Nishikigoi in the United States. For this family and their employees, koi raising is not just a business: it is an art, a science, and a lifestyle. Kodama Farm koi are raised with care, love, and the highest quality food.
Since I was a little boy in Japan, my father ingrained in me that it is a privilege to raise and and sell the most beautiful high quality koi. It has been an honor to apply the lessons he taught me every day over the past 50 years.
We are committed to educate our team with this same knowledge and tradition that my father passed on to me with the intention of sustaining the highest quality as we bring you the most beautiful koi.
Growing up in Japan, my father instilled in me the Kodama family commitment to only offering genuine Japanese Koi from their birthplace in Niigata. It honors the legacy and purity of these beautiful creatures.
I promised him that I’d remain true to our family tradition and never breed koi myself, but only import high quality Nishikigoi from top Japanese breeders.
Over the years, my father, and I have fostered many lasting relationships with top Japanese Koi breeders. My father and I meet these old friends to handpick every single koi that enters Kodama Koi Farm.
As one of nature’s living and growing beauties, it is critical to have the right facility for raising beautiful and healthy koi. They live in mineral rich water like their birthplace in Japan because volcanic rock is perfect for healthy growth. Our 12-acre koi farm in Hawaii makes us one of the world’s largest operations for Japanese koi.
As a Kodama, we proudly present our Japanese culture for these “Living Jewels” from the mecca of Japanese Koi.
Kodama Koi Farm holds over a half million koi in over 3 million gallons of pond space! Amongst the koi they have raised, more than 200 have won awards in koi shows, and 5 have recognized as Grand Champions at the All Japan Koi Show.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. HST
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Kodama Koi Farm
P.O. Box 893086
Mililani, HI 96789