Coffee & Cattle
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m., Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm
ticket price to be determined
On May 3, 2013, visitors enjoyed touring through Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm, where descendants of the first coffee farmer in Ka‘u explained how coffee is integrated into cattle 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.