The first Maui Coffee Festival will take place this Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. The Maui Coffee Association together with the Maui County Farm Bureau have been planning this event for months.
Greg Stille, president of the Maui Coffee Association and president of the Hawaii Coffee Association says there will be tents near the fountain featuring coffee plants, coffee roasting and tasting of the winning Maui coffee growers from the Hawaii Coffee Association event which took place at the Maui Tropical Plantation in July.
This is an exciting and challenging time for coffee in Hawaii. MauiGrown is emerging as a world-renowned coffee just as Kona is fighting the coffee borer which has destroyed over thirty percent of their crops. Essential measures must be taken to destroy the coffee borers and also prevent the spread to other islands. This involves diligent removal of coffee cherries falling to the ground and incineration of them. The coffee borer gets into the cherries and can lay eggs and multiply creating a disaster for our agriculture industry. In discussions with James “Kimo” Falconer, of MauiGrown Coffee, Greg said they have talked about the need to treat trees with an anti-fungal product which the coffee borer doesn’t like and also getting to the wild trees deep in the valleys which is a mind boggling task.
Greg said it was difficult to get Maui Coffee Farmers to open up their farms to visitors during the recent event due to fear of spreading the bug. Currently, anyone who has visited a Kona Coffee Farm must remove that clothing before traveling. He held a welcoming event at their two acre organic coffee farm Piliani Kope Farm in Launiupoko.
Greg has traveled to Kona for the monthly meetings as well as twice a month to Honolulu to participate at the legislature in the communication on Ag House Bill 280 (the self certification bill)
and a bill to prevent Ag theft and Ag counterfeiting. There’s a lot in the works and please follow Maui Country Farm Tours for all the exciting events to come. They’re hoping to have monthly events about coffee including students, pastry chefs, bringing food and agriculture to the forefront of Maui Tourism.
If you want to learn and taste some of the most delicious coffee on the planet come to Wailea, Saturday August 4, 2012.
LOL 1 wheel We sampled grilled cheese with roasted pablano chiles on Hawaiian Sweet Bread that was fabulous and teriyaki soft taco with an amazing slaw that complimented everything with its sweet mirin mixture.
Michael and Camille…
To top everything off Camille had baked Mango Pie that was delightful. She insisted I take a piece of pie to @AlohaBruce (my next stop) in Hawaii Kai.
I had a wonderful day visiting friends…
Hawaii is the best place not only for the breathtaking beauty but the small town friendliness even on a more populated island like Oahu.
Awesome place to live…
Marilyn Jansen Lopes
Met Paula Fuga at AKL Maui…
Awesome walking tour w Harrison
Surfing Goat Dairy w Loc (He’s good)
Delicious flight of cheese.
Pineapples, mango, apple bananas …
Pineapple wines… Raspberry dessert wine…
Lavender tea and scones for later…
A delicious day on Maui.
We were in Kailua on a business trip when Marianne @DaMews mentioned Camille’s on Wheels would be behind Walgreens 11-2 off Uluniu, where we were for breakfast at Cinnamon’s. (That was a great place too) There are so many small shops in the area and I loved “Cottage” and the Antique Store next to Cinnamon’s.
I admire her and all the Food Truck entrepreneurs. Hoping the parking situation works out in favor of these small businesses of Oahu, ASAP.
Look for Camille’s on Wheels in Kailua.
Watching a Hilo Halau with twenty-one dancers is such a beautiful
display of color and energy. Lots of red color tonite! Satin, velvet,
ti-leaf or raffia skirts… Hawaiian hair ..long wavy.. Kinky or
braided and let out…gorgeous smiles of dancers that tell their
They move quickly taking on magnificent shapes in the sky and by mid afternoon daily there are always clouds heading up Haleakala! (Our mountain)
• Hana is a touch of old Hawaii. I worked as a nurse for two and a half years in Hana by the sea. I felt a true sense of belonging here because of the friendliness of the people. Within two weeks people were calling me by my first name at Hasegawa’s store.
• Maui is small but yet it feels spacious. There is room to breathe. The small town feeling makes it comfortable and the proximity of everything makes life simple.
• Elegant Resorts: One can visit the most elegant resorts minutes away then return to the down to earth lifestyle of Maui having experienced the best of both worlds in Hawaii.