Coffee arrived at the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii) via Rio de Janeiro in 1824 and was introduced to the Kona district in 1828. With few exceptions, every ethnic group living in Kona after 1852 participated as planters, laborers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. Native Hawaiians along with immigrant Americans, Europeans, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Filipinos all contributed to the early coffee industry. These pioneers laid the foundation for today's coffee community when they leased coffee land and established themselves as independent farmers, while at the same time maintaining and adapting their cultural traditions to a new environment. The foundation of today's coffee industry still rests on the small family farm.
Check out this link to learn more about The History of Kona Coffee in Hawai`i
or if you find yourself in Hawaii, be sure to visit our Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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