About three times a year upcountry Kona is covered in snow–or at least what looks like snow.
Hawaii Big Island’s Kona Coast is filled with coffee trees producing arabica coffee known the world over as some of the best coffee on the planet.
Before coffee beans burst forth, though, comes the beautiful and aromatic stage of flowering. Thousands of trees become covered in small, white flowers grouped together in tight bunches. Looking across an entire field looks as though it snowed with bright white lining every branch.
Along with the added color comes a sweet, almost citrus fragrance that fills the air from Honaunau to Holualoa. It is a great time to play in the snow. This tri-annual scene is referred to locally as “Kona Snow.”
Picked from coffee Arabica trees growing on the Big Island mountain of Hualalai, a mound of unroasted, green Kona coffee beans sits ready to be roasted read more
Burlap bags have been used in many countries for hundreds of years to hold coffee beans. These bags, hung on a drying rack, each wait to be filled with around 100 pounds of one of the world’s best coffee beans–100% Arabica from the Kona, Hawaii region. read more
The 10-day-long Kona Coffee Festival concludes with a street parade on Alii drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. Featured here is the HELCO (Hawaii Electric Light Company) train with engine, coal car, and caboose. read more
Most of us don’t really think about where our morning cup of coffee originates. Those who have had a cup of Kona coffee, though, have probably thought, “Wow, where did this come from?” read more
Kona Coffee is known as some of the best coffee on the planet. The unique growing environment on Hawaii’s Kona coast affords just the right conditions to add more flavor and sweetness than other areas. read more
Old Hawaiian coffee lands fill the hillsides of the the Big Island from Kona to Ka’u. This field is in upcountry Honaunau where the land is rich from volcanic flows and the seasonal temperatures… read more