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In 1887 Wilson was one of the last to observe the bird in life, for it was last reliably sighted in 1894. Sea turtles, the true ancients of the world, have been swimming the oceans for over 200 million years. The roots of taro run deeper in the Hawaiian culture than they sink into the muddy patches of Waipi'o Valley or even into the ruins of ancient dry land lo'i (terraces) at Greenbank in North Kohala, once part of the great King Kamehameha's ahupua'a.He saw only three specimens in a four-week stay, and so rare was the bird that it apparently had no name in the Hawaiian language. And for the first time in all these millennia, six out of the seven species are either endangered and on the verge of extinction, or threatened to become endangered under the U. Wakea, Father Heaven, could no longer resist his desire for his youngest daughter.The majority of the coffee in Kona is harvested between the months of July and December and many of the small mills that process the raw coffee cherries swing into full operation during this time of the year.A bountiful 1997 Kona coffee harvest is upon us and strong growth in our industry seems to be upon us as well.When everything is finalized with the production of this magazine and all the coffee has been roasted and shipped out to my customers I can finally look forward to that brief window of opportunity to report to you the current happenings in our local Kona coffee industry.
After writing for six years on the subject of Kona coffee and having expended countless number of hours lobbying and writing for the protection and preservation of our Kona coffee name, I have sworn many times to remove myself of any personal involvement within this industry outside of my coffee roasting and retailing business which I truly love and enjoy to work at.The high demand for Kona coffee around the world and increasing cherry prices have resulted in widespread planting of coffee by small to large size farms all around Kona.