"Living History and Coffee in rural Hawaii" Captain Cook by yooperprof
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Beautiful area of the Big Island, studded with roadside villages and small coffee farms. A lot of people drive through in a hurry on their way to Volcanos National Park, but it really is worthwhile to "stop and smell the coffee" - and also to learn how it got here in the first place!
Coffee is not native to Hawaii. Coffee plants - the small trees - were brought here by planters and investors in the late 19th century as a potential cash crop. They "took" very well to the sunny well-watered slopes of the western side of the Big Island. Small farms employed imported laborers - many from Japan - to grow this labor-intensive commodity. Many of the small farms are still in the families of the original farmers.
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers fresh coffee, newly harvested macadamia nuts, and the opportunity to take a... more travel advice
Fascinating "living history" site. It is just off State Route 11 on the south Kona Coast. The Store is operated by the... more travel advice
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