Planning Department Opposes Wedding Business In Holualoa’s Coffee Farming Region


The county Planning Department is recommending the Leeward Planning Commission deny an after-the-fact permit for a wedding venue in the coffee-growing region of Holualoa.

Douglas and Kathryn Hickey have grown coffee at Sunshower Farm for the past seven years, and for the past three, were supplementing their agricultural income by offering the farm for weddings.

The combination of businesses allowed the couple to boost the agricultural value of their farm product in addition to making enough extra money to keep the farm solvent, said planning consultant Zendo Kern, who represents the couple.

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