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Coffee Plantations of Hawaii
by Sharon Harrison

Why not drive your rental car out to one of the several island coffee plantations during your visit to the islands? Coffee production is an extremely important and successful industry to the islands. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S.A that produces coffee, and all five of the major islands are home to coffee orchards. For those of us who love our coffee, it’s fun to visit Hawaii’s coffee plantations. There’s always an opportunity to enjoy a fresh cup of our favorite beverage during the tours.

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Below are several of the more popular destinations with list of accompanying websites to assist you in driving to the plantations. Don’t hesitate to look for smaller, lesser known stops not found here, such as specialty gift shops, roadside stands, and coffee shops located on each of the islands. The convenience of driving a rental car provides the ability for you to discover local treasures. With unlimited mileage provided, why not take every opportunity to find something exciting and unexpected during your Hawaiian visit?

Kauai
Kauai boasts the largest coffee plantation in the United States. Located on the south shore, Kauai Coffee grows, harvests, roasts and packages their coffee on the estate. There’s a gift shop and coffee shop in their visitor’s center. Take a walking tour of the orchards or laze on the lanai and enjoy the surrounding beauty of this beautiful countryside any day of the week.

Maui
Maui Grown Coffee of the Ka'anapali Estate in Lahaina is a revived plantation, originally a sugar plantation, that has been harvesting their coffee beans since 2004. Visit their MauiGrown Coffee Company Store room Monday through Saturday to sample coffee varieties grown on the estate.

For a varied experience, visit Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Coffee is the main crop of this 60 acre working plantation, but you can sample other tropical produce grown there as well. Take a tram ride, dine in the restaurant, visit the gift shop and enjoy the lush scenery of this plantation.

Molokai
Offering more than a dozen coffee varieties, Molokai Coffee Plantation in Kualapu'u is a great place to visit during weekends where you can enjoy live music on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Every day of the week you can treat yourself to coffee in the Espresso Bar and Deli, visit the gift shop and take in their self-guided tour display.

Oahu
In Waialua, the Waialua Coffee Estate is the single coffee plantation on Oahu. You can visit two Island X Hawaii locations in the town. They offer tastings, souvenirs, coffee for sale, and provide tours also.

The Big Island of Hawaii
On the Kona side, in an area that’s only 20 miles long and 2 miles wide, 600 small growers produce coffee for all of us to enjoy. Several of the plantations are open for touring.

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee in Holualoa provides orchard and roasting room tours to small and large groups 7 days of the week. Coffee beans produced on their 31 acres are sun-dried.

Mountain Thunder offers daily tours, free and VIP, at their Kaloko & Kainaliu locations. Mountain Thunder provides an excellent website with a wealth of information about the area, coffee growing, their variety of tours, as well as helpful maps for those who wish to visit the coffee plantations.

Koa Coffee Plantation is found in Capt. Cook on Koa Road.
The family-owned business offers private tours of their coffee plantation that has won many coveted awards.

Kona Joe Coffee Plantation provides a variety of tours on request. Visitor feedback is overwhelmingly enthusiastic for the free and paid tours. Kona Joe is located on Mamalahoa Hwy in Kealakekua. Trellis grown coffee is unique to this plantation.

Greenwell Farms provides free daily tours for visitors to their coffee plantation. On Thursdays, you can watch members of the Kona Historical Society make Portuguese bread in their wood-fired oven, known as a forno, as you sip the local coffee.





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