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Take a Break in Holu­aloa

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - KONA COFFEE BELT -

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 Moun­tain Thun­der Kona Cof­fee Plan­ta­tion is your first stop, drive on Palani for about four and a half miles and turn right on Kaloko Drive. Then go three 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.

To con­tinue the tour, re­turn to Palani Road, then back to the junc­tion of High­ways 180/190 and head south to the old Ma­mala­hoa High­way to­ward Holu­aloa Town.

Be­fore you reach the tiny moun­tain vil­lage of Holu­aloa, you’ll find Ueshima Cof­fee Com­pany’s Kona Cof­fee Es­tate. Down the road you’ll come to Kona Blue Sky Cof­fee Com­pany, a large 500-acre es­tate. Holu­aloa Kona Cof­fee Com­pany is fur­ther south on High­way 180.

End your tour at the Kona Cof­fee Liv­ing His­tory Farm on Ma­mala­hoa High­way in Cap­tain Cook, which pro­vides a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about the unique life­style of Kona’s cof­fee pi­o­neers.

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