Fact, coffee was first planted in the Hawaiian islands in the early 1800's with cuttings taken from coffee trees in South America. The volcanic soil, abundant sunshine, and afternoon rainfall make the Kona Coffee Belt one of the premier coffee growing regions in the world.
Hawaii is the only place in the United States where coffee is grown. The Kona coffee growing region is limited to the leeward slopes of the volcanoes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, making it a truly exclusive American product.
Visitors to the island of Hawaii often wonder why it appears to be cloudy in the Kona area in the afternoon. The locals refer to this as "VOG," or volcanic fog, a phenomenon associated with the ongoing volcanic activity at the southern tip of the island. The VOG often makes for cooler afternoons in the Kona Coffee belt, providing natural shading for our Kona coffee trees.