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A Cup of Aloha The Kona Coffee Epic by Gerald Kinro

A Cup of Aloha The Kona Coffee Epic

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A Cup of Aloha The Kona Coffee Epic by Gerald Kinro

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 laborets who struggled to keep themselves and their industry alive. The author traces coffee's history in Hawai'i - from its arrival in 1828 to Kona's position in today's highly competitive speciality 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.

About the Author

Gerald Kinro was born and raised on a coffee farm in Kahalu'u, Kona. He has authored numerous articles on agriculture in local, national, and international publications.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th March 2003


Gerald Kinro

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University of Hawai'i Press


160 pages


Agriculture & related industries
History: specific events & topics
Business & management



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