Monday, April 16, 2012

Holualoa—Location is Everything

Just a short drive up the hill from Kailua-Kona, the historic village of Holualoa is nestled on the slope of Hualalai Volcano on Hawai‘i's Big Island. Known as an artists' village and coffee town today, Holualoa was a central commercial center in the early 1900s. Much of Kona's population resided in the mauka (upland) areas, including in Holualoa, where lauhala weaving and agriculture played important roles in daily life.

When coffee reached the shores of Hawai‘i in the early 1800s, Holualoa was ideally positioned to become a prime growing region. Eventually, the larger coffee plantations leased their lands to Japanese and immigrant workers, who grew coffee in small quantities for local trade. Keeping coffee farming in the family extended through generations of local farmers, and also inspired newer residents from the mainland to undertake their own small coffee estates.

Coffee farms in Holualoa are among the 600 coffee farms in the Kona Coffee Belt, which stretches beyond Holualoa to areas in South Kona like Kealakekua, Captain Cook and Honaunau, and also north to Keopu Mauka, Kaloko and Makalei. With an average elevation of 1,400 feet, Holualoa offers an excellent climate for coffee trees to thrive on vast rolling countryside laden with rich, volcanic soil beneath sunny skies and plentiful rainfall.

Coffee tasting and gallery hopping are just some of the many activities available to visitors on any given day in Holualoa. During Kona Coffee Festival season, Holualoa attracts thousands of visitors to the annual Coffee & Art Stroll.

Brazen Hazen Kona Coffee is grown at our own Lako Hale farm in Holualoa. Our five-acre estate includes more than 2,500 coffee trees. We are proud to be a part of the close-knit Holualoa community, where coffee, art, neighbors and friends combine to make our small village a great place to live, work and visit.

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