The story of Hala Tree Coffee started with a vacation to Hawaiʻi Island.
In 2012, Jean and Danielle Orlowski jumped on a plane to the Big Island for a weeklong—and much-needed—vacation. Jean, who worked for a futures and option broker for about 20 years on Wall Street, was burnt out. The couple immediately fell in love with the island—and with Kona coffee.
They decided to ditch their hectic lives—Danielle was an interior designer—and buy a old 6-acre coffee farm in Captain Cook, about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The property had been neglected for years and only about 2 acres of land had coffee trees, some 80 years old. “At first glance, this little coffee farm didn’t have much going for it,” Jean writes on his website.