Take 600 SPECIALTY COFFEE FARMS; add a smattering of mills, roasters, retail outlets and museums, then cluster them along 20 miles of scenic country roads, and you’ve got the makings of a SELF-GUIDED, COFFEE-TASTING TOUR.
Most people begin their tour from Kailua-Kona, and head north on Palani Road (Highway 190). If this is your route, make MOUNTAIN THUNDER KONA COFFEE PLANTATION your fi rst stop. Drive on Palani for about 4.5 miles, and turn right on Kaloko Drive. Then go 3 miles to the third sign for Hao Street. Turn right again, and follow Hao for about a mile. Mountain Thunder will be on the right side of the street. Visit mountainthunder.com.
To continue the tour, return to Palani Road, then back to the junction of Highways 180/190 and head south to the old Māmālahoa Highway toward Hōlualoa Town.
Before you reach the tiny mountain village of Hōlualoa, you’ll fi nd UESHIMA COFFEE (UCC HAWAII) Kona Coff ee Estate. Here, guests can purchase unique island gifts, including mac nuts and coff ee (of course). The coff ee estate off ers up beautiful views and visitors are able to choose from the Roastmaster Tour, Estate Tour and, during the season, the Coff ee Harvest Experience Tour.
End your tour at KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM on Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, which provides a wealth of information about the unique lifestyle of Kona’s coff ee pioneers. At press time, the farm was slated to open in fall 2021, visit konahistorical.org for updates. HEAVENLY HAWAIIAN (-808-322-7720 OR (-855-289-5662 // HEAVENLYHAWAIIAN.COM UCC COFFEE 808-322-3789 // UCC-HAWAII.COM