A Kona Coffee Farm

On our 2016 Hawaii vacation, after staying in a fern forest outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we moved to a coffee farm in Kona.  The Kona district of Hawaii’s Big Island is renowned for its coffee. Above, the sun sets into the Pacific Ocean, seen through coffee berries.

“Most commonly cultivated coffee species grow best at high elevations” This coffee farm is 1700 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mauna Loa and another volcano. In this panorama from our patio, the coffee farm lies beyond the lawn, with the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Pacific Ocean and coffee plants from our patio
Pacific Ocean and coffee plants from our patio

Coffee plants grow taller than a person, and the coffee cherries (as they’re called) ripen at different times. The coffee farm owner provided us coffee from the company that harvests and roasts her coffee. 🙂 The tall tree behind the coffee plant is an ohia, the same plant that colonizes lava.

macadamia nuts

Macadamia trees grow on the property.





We were warned that a tiny but loud frog has invaded the Big Island; the frogs are so loud that the person had to buy earplugs to sleep. I heard loud sounds on the coast after seeing the lava, but we weren’t bothered by frogs at the coffee farm. We mentioned frogs to the owner and learned that she goes out at night with a flashlight to dispatch any frogs near the cottage.

We also saw four peacocks walk across the patio. A neighbor feeds them, and the birds go where they want to go. This being Hawaii, geckos also walk where ever they want, even on the underside of a gutter.

gecko on the roof gutter
gecko on the roof gutter

We enjoyed our stay on the coffee farm — ocean and sunset views, lots of space, interesting plants, and cooler and moister than the coast.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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