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Wikipedia.com states, “Kona coffee is the market name for a variety of coffee (Coffea arabica) cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona weather pattern of bright sunny mornings, humid rainy afternoons and mild nights creates favorable coffee growing conditions. The combination of this relatively low yield crop and intensive hand labor that has allowed this liquid delicacy to develop a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be legally described as “Kona.”

To further clarify, I will describe Kona for you and you will see why we have the best coffee. If you are hung up on “Coffea arabica”, hold your horses, and we’ll get there. First, we are going to start with the Districts of North and South Kona. North Kona is located on the side of Hualalai Mountain. South Kona stretches from Southern slopes of Hualalai down onto massive Mauna Loa Mountain. Both mountains are active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. Hualalai, is an 8,000 foot shield volcano, that last erupted only 200 years ago! And this volcano is tiny compared to Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on the entire planet! That is right. Mauna Loa stands on its own, all the way from the bottom of the ocean floor to 13,679 feet above sea level! It is the single biggest land mass on earth! Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption was in 1984; more recent than you would’ve guessed, huh?

So, only the coffee grown in North and South Kona can be called “Kona Coffee.” Within both North and South Kona, the prime coffee growing area is only 3 miles wide and 20 miles long. Only here, the elements of extremely fertile soil and perfect weather conditions combine to create the ideal coffee growing climate. Many soil nutrients come directly from the Earth’s Core. The rich volcanic soil gives the coffee trees food and strength to produce flavorful coffee beans. Climate and elevation also play a critical role in growing coffee and bean size. Coffee trees like mid-to high elevations and thrive in areas where the mornings are sunny and the evenings are mild. In areas like this, coffee beans are able to grow bigger allowing them to marinate in more sugary juice. Only here in Kona, on a volcano, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; location, climate, elevation and soil quality all come together, in a small area known as Kona, to make ideal coffee growing conditions. And you know what that means…Ideal coffee growing conditions = Happy Trees! Happy Trees = Great Coffee!

We do everything we can to make sure our coffee trees are happy and healthy but we cannot stress enough the importance of where our trees are planted. The Downes Grounds farm is located in Holualoa, the heart of the famous Kona Coffee Belt on the Big Island of Hawaii. All coffee that bears the name “Kona Coffee” must be grown in an area that is only three miles wide and twenty miles long. It is here, in this very specific location – in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and on the side of an active volcano – that the perfect coffee-growing conditions are found. The soil in Holualoa is rich and dark, packed with nutrients and microorganisms that have only risen from the Earth’s core to the Earth’s surface within the last few centuries. The relative youth of the Big Island on the Geologic Timescale has created the conditions for the extremely nutritious soil found in Kona as those nutrients have not broken down or been used yet.

Climate is another vital contributing factor to Holualoa’s amazing coffee: warm, sunny mornings with afternoon rain showers and cool crisp nights. Kona experiences all year round provides an environment that is ideal for coffee trees to grow and flourish. While we have a distinct wet and dry season here in Kona, we do not experience much temperature variation throughout the year; temperatures in the day average in the low 80s to high 70s and average in the mid to low 60s at night.

The early spring hand-pruning of each tree ensures that the new growth energy is captured for the total health of the trees and beans. We keep a watchful eye on the growing stages, from the flowering to the bean. In the late spring and summer months our Kona Coffee begins to ripen on the tree to become a rich full bean.

When blushing red, our Kona Coffee is hand-picked, pulped, fermented, and put on drying deck within 16 hours, where they are sun dried in the beautiful Kona sunshine for 7-14 days. The beans are then stored in a humidity controlled environment for aging. Dry milled and graded, we roast weekly and bag the warm beans to ensure ultimate freshness!

We are sure that you will enjoy your Downes Grounds 100% Pure Kona Coffee as we put our hearts into growing the best.

Information for this blog was taken from the Downes Grounds website.

 

When you arrive at our Hawaii Golf Condo, every guest will be treated to a ½ pound sample of Downes Grounds world famous Kona Coffee!

We hope you enjoy your stay with us.

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In fact, more than a quarter of the marine life in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else on earth!

Fair Wind Cruises offers a great snorkeling experience for the novice or experienced enthusiasts.
Located in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Fair Wind Cruises has been offering snorkel excursions since 1971. We offer two vessels with two very unique snorkel experiences.

Our snorkel destination on Fair Wind II, historic Kealakekua Bay, is without question one of the most relaxing areas for snorkeling – maintaining clear visibility and very calm waters throughout the day. Kealakekua Bay was designated a marine life sanctuary in 1971. Since that time, Fair Wind continues to work with the state as stewards of the area to help educate guests on protecting this marine environment. As a result, you will see a variety of living corals and fascinating fish species. In addition, this area is rich in Hawaiian history and includes the site of the historic Captain Cook Monument. The land the monument sits on actually belongs to England and is the only place you can view British soil while visiting Hawaii!

Our newest vessel, Hula Kai, has been designed and built to accommodate guests who seek the very best in luxury, comfort, and technology. Our Hula Kai cruise offers the advanced snorkeler a way to explore some of Kona’s most unique and less traveled snorkel destinations along the spectacular Kona Coast shoreline.

We have taken great consideration in making our cruises available to all skill levels and ages! Our destinations, highly trained crew, and years of experience offer a safe and memorable cruise. We have floatation devices, view boxes, and snorkel instruction available for those needing additional assistance. Plus, our vessels were specifically designed with two custom staircases to make entry and exit of the water safe and easy.

For more information online or to reserve a cruise, please visit our website at www.fair-wind.com. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our island with you!

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Experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time as you head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island! Discover Hawaii from the top of the Island’s tallest peak, the Mauna Kea, also known as “White Mountain”, 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Be sure not to miss this enchanting Mauna Kea Summit and Stars small group tour!  The tour lasts about 8 hours and costs around $200 per person.  For more information about the tour or to make a reservation, click this link

Highlights

  • Small group Manua Kea adventure on Hawaii
  • Hike to Mauna Kea summit for breathtaking panoramic views
  • Learn about the history, culture and ecology of Hawaii as you enjoy the sunset and gaze at the stars
  • Private star-gazing show with telescope
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Tour limited to 12 participants, ensuring a personalized and unique experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A wonderful excursion off the beaten path. The hike up Mauna Kea is at high altitude but is short and easy, and from the top you can see Maui’s Haleakala volcano, not to mention the sublime Hawaiian sunset. Back at the visitor’s center, the telescope views of stars — especially on a clear night — are truly out-of-this-world!

What You Can Expect

Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea Hawaii and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. Travel from Kona through Hawaii’s historic Parker Ranch in a specially equipped 4×4 luxury van to Mauna Kea summit on the Big Island of Hawaii. Learn about the Big Island’s cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist tour guide as you journey to Mauna Kea Observatory for this once-in-a-lifetime sunset and stargazing tour. Limited to 12 people, this tour ensures a personalized and unique experience.Ride to the Mauna Kea summit in comfort and safety with specially equipped 4×4 tour vans and gain access to parts of the Big Island of Hawaii that most travelers will never see! Enjoy a special hot, picnic style dinner (refer to full menu below) at a historic Hawaiian ranch where you’ll be provided with a warm, hooded parka (you must specify size when booking) and prepare to make the climb to the  top of Mauna Kea.From the Mauna Kea summit, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui’s volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth’s most powerful telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory as you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunset view.After sunset, you’ll travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center at 9,000 feet (2,750 meters), where your tour guide will set up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea’s unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible night time views of the stars. Enjoy hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson.
Picnic Dinner Menu (please specify at booking):Hot Entrée Option 
Barbecue Chicken with Mild Korean BBQ Chili Sauce (served hot)

  • Warm Homemade Cornbread
  • Cole Slaw w/ Blond Raisins

Cold Vegetarian Entrée Option 
Vegetarian Spinach Wrap (served cold)
(Wrap Includes: Hummus, Lettuce, Tofu, Cucumber, Tomato, Carrot, Avocado, Bell Peppers and Tomatoes served with a side of Sesame Soy Dressing)

  • Glazed Carrots
  • Tabouleh

Gluten Free Option 
Grilled Chicken Breast with lemon garnish (served hot)

  • Rice
  • Glazed Carrots

Dessert 

  • Chocolate Brownies

 

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