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.
What a beautiful day up in Ulupalakua.
We took my mom and sister to see the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Tedeschi Winery. The celebration today included a Jazz Festival and also contemporary music in front of the store. Was really nice to have musicians up close and personal right next to our picnic tabes.
These two guys Benny Uyetake and Glenn Kakugawa were great. Here they are singing Bo Jangles.
We also viewed the glassblowing demonstration by http://www.blowyourmindproductions.com/ and browsed the gift store in the winery. My mom found a beautiful vintage like tee.
The Jazz was incredible under the tent outside the winery. What an amazing atmosphere. Lots of filming was going on. The saxophone was awesome. There was also a keyboard player and stand-up base player that were fabulous musicians. One had played with Herbie Hancock. I will update you with all the names later.
It was a wonderful day…
P.S. Come to a #MauiOnoTweetup at the new Kihei Ono Gelato in Kihei at Azeka I. The Grand Opening is Monday June 14th. @Daniakatz and I are hosting the MauiOnoTweetup at 5:30-6:30 PM I’m @Jamarilyn on Twitter. Follow @daniakatz and @onogelato
Here is the Tweetvite: Check out “#MauiTweetUp” on Jun 14th. RSVP at http://tweetvite.com/event/pvvu #MauiOnoTweetUp #twvt
We had an excellent #Maui Tweetup hosted by Dania at Star Noodle Lahaina on Thursday June 3rd, 2010.
Yes, Dania, it was magical.
Like our friends on Oahu, we aim to promote small businesses one by one and increase the Maui Tweetups to bring visitors attention to Maui while sharing the positive experiences of meeting other entrepreneurs on Maui. It is so much fun. Our lives are changing before our eyes. Friendships are building, business is happening, food is shared and bloggers are blogging about it all. High Tech Maui is holding classes to teach everyone about Social media and the response has been tremendous. Peter Liu has been teaching business classes for bloggers, Facebook for business, Twitter for business and classes have had to be repeated because of so much interest.
Look forward to meeting many new friends on Maui, all because of Twitter and Facebook. It is an amazing tool for friendship and businesses.
All photos are by Marilyn Jansen Lopes and photos of others are posted with their permission.I have received no compensation to mention products or companies on my blog.