"Living History and Coffee in rural Hawaii" Captain Cook by yooperprof

Captain Cook Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 40 photos

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.

  • Last visit to Captain Cook: Jun 2013
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