Apart from pineapples and macadamia nuts, Kona coffee is perhaps
Kona coffee farmers will soon be eligible to receive a
As we reported in 2019, a group of 600 Hawaiian
TJX Cos. Inc. and its Marshalls unit are the latest
It was a drier-than-average August in East Hawaii, while rainfall totals in the Kona coffee belt, which experiences its rainy season in the summer, were above average for the month.
Scientific research over the past several decades has illuminated the nature and extent of precolonial agricultural systems in the Hawaiian archipelago.
Your aisle contains many brands that bank on the global reputation of Kona coffee, with names like “Kona Gold,” “Royal Kona” and “Kona Blend.” And without studying the label, you might not realize they contain only 10% Kona coffee mixed in with cheaper non-Hawaiian coffee.
House Bill 1886, as currently written, would gradually increase the minimum percentage of Hawaii-grown coffee from 10% to 51% over a three-year period, rather than an immediate implementation to the higher minimum as initially proposed.
Now, two bills — House Bill 1886 and House Bill 1897 — are moving through the Legislature that would tighten label requirements for coffee products bearing Hawaii place names like Kona. To be labelled with a place name like “Kona,” “Ka’u” or another region, the product would have to contain at least 51% coffee from the region.
For more than 26 years, Hawaii has been the only region in the world that statutorily regulates the uses of its geographic names on labels of specialty agricultural products but requires only 10% of the product originate in the geographic area indicated…