Coffee & Cattle Day
10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016
Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm
$25 per person, includes buffet lunch
Enjoy touring through Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm, where descendants of the first coffee farmer in Ka‘u explain how coffee is integrated into cattle ranching and other agriculture.
In 1894, “Papa” J. C. Searle, Merle’s great-grandfather, planted his first crop of coffee in Ka‘u. His coffee became very popular and received many favorable comments from the local media. Due to a competition for laborers with the sugar plantation, “Papa’s” dream was lost but not forgotten. Over one hundred years later, Aikane Plantation Coffee Company was established by Merle and Phil Becker.
During this year's event, 2014 Miss Ka'u Coffee Amery Silva and 2011 Little Miss Paniolo 1st Princess Lorilee Lorenzo - a two time award winner at the Ka'u Recipe Contest - demonstrated their ranching skills on horseback as they assisted in roping and branding new calves.
Visit aikaneplantation.com or phone (808) 927-2252 to reserve your place.