A Cup of Aloha: The Kona Coffee Epic
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160pp. April 2003
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A Cup of Aloha: The Kona Coffee Epic
Author: Kinro, Gerald;
Kona is one of the world's premium coffees. Given its small-scale cultivation on family farms, however, it has been especially susceptible to price swings and market gluts. A Cup of Aloha is a heartfelt portrait of the farmers, millers, landowners, merchants, and laborers who struggled to keep themselves and their industry alive. The author traces coffee's history in Hawaii--from its arrival in 1828 to Kona's position in today's highly competitive specialty coffee market. Through the author's use of oral history interviews, readers will experience day-to-day life on a coffee farm and the challenges, natural and man-made, that inspired innovations and adaptations to the agricultural, economic, and social life in the Kona Coffee Belt.

39 illus.
A Latitude 20 Book

"A well-crafted overview of an important regional industry that has helped shape the social history of Hawaii and has economic impact far beyond the Pacific" --Pacific Affairs 77 (2004)
Author: Kinro, Gerald;
Gerald Kinro was born and raised on a coffee farm in Kahaluu, Kona. He has authored numerous articles on agriculture in local, national, and international publications.



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