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Kona Hospital Foundation August 14 2014, 0 Comments

Keala’s Hawaiian Coffee is proud to support the Kona Hospital Foundation. 1% of all of our online sales are donated to the foundation, and since we just sent off our check, we thought we would share a little about the great work that they do.

 

The Kona Hospital Foundation is a non-profit corporation that has been providing services for the medical community in Kona for the last 20 years. Their mission statement sums up what they are doing perfectly: “The Kona Hospital Foundation is dedicated to improving Kona Community Hospital for the entire community. We fund medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities that would otherwise be unavailable.”

 

We hope that our donation will help in whatever way possible, and we are excited to see what light and good the Kona Hospital Foundation can continue to spread throughout the community. To read more about the Kona Hospital Foundation, please visit their website: http://www.khfhawaii.org/about_us.htm


Jake Shimabukuro on Netflix August 04 2014, 0 Comments

 

Jake Shimabukuro is a talented Hawaiian ukulele extraordinaire who has redefined what can be done with ukulele music. He has become so well-known and people look up to him because of his inclusion of other music styles. He has been creating music for much of his life, but it was in 2006 that he became an international star because of a YouTube video. A few years ago he put out a documentary that elaborates on his life and music history. He opens up about following his dreams and how he has changed the future of ukulele music. Luckily for Netflix users, it is now available for instant watch! We recommend you spending an hour to watch and be inspired by such a great individual. Attached above is a short trailer to give you an idea of what you will see in the documentary.


Seattle Market Locations July 24 2014, 0 Comments

If you’re in the Seattle area, you can purchase our coffee at many fantastic markets around the area.

 

-Ampersand Café on Alki: here you can purchase our coffee to take home and enjoy, and also try some while you’re there. To read more about this café,  and find directions, check out the yelp reviews here

 

-Whole Foods Market. You can find a selection of our coffees at two different Whole Foods Markets, the South Lake Union location and the Redmond location.

 

-Ken’s Markets and Marketime. You can find our coffee in these local markets, with locations in Queen Anne, Greenwood, and Fremont.

 

-Seven Market and Café: Seven is located on the corner of Ravenna Blvd and 20th Ave, at 2007 NE Ravenna Blvd. Stop in to purchase Keala’s coffee to take home, and occasionally it will be featured as their drip coffee to drink in store.

 


Surfrider Foundation's 3-Second Movie Challenge July 14 2014, 0 Comments

 

Enjoy this splendid video, The Story of Water: Surfrider Foundation's 3 Second Movie Collection. Surfrider Foundation asked their supporters to film 3-second videos, all with a focus on portraying the essence of water. The video shows the diversity of water, and how important, beautiful, and powerful it can be. Keala’s Coffee is a member and supporter of Surfrider Foundation. To learn more, and support Surfrider Foundation, check out their website: http://www.surfrider.org/pages/mission.

Hawai'i Island National Parks June 30 2014, 0 Comments

 

Enjoy this beautiful video created by Hawaiian Airlines showcasing Hawaii Island's National Parks. This video goes through the breathtaking National Parks, but also explains the importance the National Parks play in sustaining the beauty of Hawaii. This video also talks about the history and culture behind the parks.

A Day in the Life of Hawaii - Rabbit Island, Oahu March 27 2014, 0 Comments

Here's a photo submitted to Keala's Hawaiian Coffee by a loyal coffee drinker.  This photo was taken above Makapu'u beach.  A part of Rabbit Island is shown on the right side of the picture.


A Visitor's Guide to Oahu March 20 2014, 0 Comments

Oahu has the best of both worlds, it meets traditional Hawaiian culture with modern city life. Honululu is home to Universities and corporations, but you can also go relax on Waikiki Beach. You can embrace your adventure side and go hiking, or you can remember and educate yourself at the USS Arizona Memorial. No matter what you want to do, Oahu will be able to get you there.

One of the main attractions in Honululu is the USS Arizona Memorial. The memorial is on the USS Arizona, which is the sunken battleship from WWII during the Pearl Harbor attack. We recommend doing the audio tour, which can guide you through the memorial at your own pace, and you get to hear from survivors of the attack. This is great for all ages, and a must see piece of history while on Oahu.

 

 

If you are into surfing, or watching surfing, Oahu North Shore will want to be next on your list. If you are interested in watching professional surfers ride the big waves, it is suggested that you go in the winter, sometime between November and February. If you would like to try jumping in for yourself, then you might want to hit up this spot during the summer when the waves are smaller and more mellow.

If you want to drive to Oahu’s North Shore, you should stop at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the way. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great learning experience to enrichen your vacation with knowledge about the people who who have lived in Hawaii. This center is one of the most popular attractions to visit while vacationing in Hawaii.

When people think of Oahu, they usually picture Waikiki Beach. This area is home to most of the resorts and hotels, and will probably be the most touristy area of the island. The resorts planned to be here for a reason, it has beautiful beaches! Wherever you stay you are going to be steps from the ocean. If you want to take a break from beach time, you can also find many restaurants and shopping centers near Waikiki. Waikiki also offers many trails and walks so that you can explore the area by foot.

If you plan to stay in the Waikiki area, there are plenty of options for whatever your heart desires. Many of the resorts in this area are five star, and because of this you will also see five star prices. You can stay at some familiar hotel names, such as Sheraton, Embassy Suites, and Holiday Inn, or you can try out some other resorts such as Waikiki Parc, or Outrigger Waikiki. If you are looking for a semi-cheaper option, but still a great stay, we recommend Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel. This hotel has received awesome reviews, and has a great location right near the beach.

If you talk to travelers who visit Oahu, they will almost always mention the Diamond Head hike. This hike is on the coast of Waikiki, and offers stellar views. Although this hike is a short one, it is very steep and should only be done if you are prepared to work and sweat. You will definitely be rewarded for your hard work though! Not only will you see the breathtaking coastline, you will also get to see parts of military history. Be sure to bring cash to enter the park, and note that the last entrance for the day is at 4:30PM.

 

 

If you want to explore Oahu through food, then Hawaii Food Tours is your answer. This tour company offers two different tours that take you around Oahu to experience the best food of the island. There is the “Hole in the Wall Tour” and the “North Shore Tour”. These tours have been talked about on multiple TV networks, including the famed Food Network. Not only will these tours leave your taste buds satisfied, but you will also walk away with an increased apprecation for the culture and history of the island and the Hawaiian people.

There is only one coffee farm on the island of Oahu, Waialua Estate, and it is located on Oahu’s North Shore. This coffee plantation is owned by Dole Foods. As with most other islands, this farm was also a sugarcane plantation before it was a coffee plantation. The sugarcane plantation closed in 1996, and closely following that they began crowing coffee on the land. There is now 155 acres of coffee growing land, and produces an abundance of Coffee Arabica typica. As mentioned in the other island posts, Oahu is an ideal location for coffee growing due to the nutrient rich soil that is fed from the volcanoes, and also the warm but wet climate. You can tour this farm if you are on the island, and we recommend doing so. The tour will give you a greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into your daily cup of coffee.


A Day in the Life of Hawaii - Kailua Beach, Oahu February 23 2014, 0 Comments

Here's a photo submitted to Keala's Hawaiian Coffee by a loyal coffee drinker.  The photo is taken at Kailua Beach on Oahu on February 9, 2014.  You can see flat island and Mokulua Island as well. 


A Visitor's Guide to Kauai February 18 2014, 0 Comments

Kauai is known as the “Garden Island”, and is a perfect destination if you are looking for a quiet relaxing vacation. It also has adventure elements, such as kayaking and ziplining, but the small towns around the island provide a more relaxed atmosphere. This island is not as touristy as some of the other islands, and people describe the culture as being more laid back. The geography of Kauai provides a lush landscape, and you will be able to enjoy beautiful rolling green hills spotted with gorgeous flowers, along with the Hawaiian white sand beaches you have dreamed of.

Here's a great video on kayaking the Wailua river on Kauai:

One main destination of Kauai is Na Pali Coast. This is the most famous coastline of Kauai, and a top attraction for the visitors of Kauai. Na Pali translates into “the cliffs”, so you can guess what you will be seeing here. The many cliffs provide valleys and waterfalls to also view on this beautiful coastline. You can tour this coastline many different ways. You can take a boat tour, a helicopter tour, or you can hike on land and admire from the overlooks. Many travellers suggest viewing this coast during a sunset so you can enjoy all the colors of the sky as a backdrop to this beautiful vegetation.

Another thing you will not want to miss while visiting Kauai is Waimea Canyon. This canyon is 10 miles long, and you can drive along it and stop at the many viewpoints. If you drive along Hawaii state road 550 you can view the Canyon, visit the park’s visitor’s center, and then you will end at Koke’e State Park. You can stop here to visit the museum, which will provide you with information on the vegetation of the island, and then you can explore through the many hiking trails that the park has to offer. The park has an abundance of trails, so you will be able to find one for every level.

Since Kauai is such a relaxing travel destination, you may want to add a spa day to your trip. The island has many spas around it, and you can choose between top resort spas, to traditional Hawaiian spas that are in locals’ homes. Two spas to check out are ANARA spa and Spa by the Sea. It is also best to ask around once you get there to see if there are new local spas to check out.

Kayaking in Kauai is also very popular; this is because you can kayak through all the rivers and you don’t need to worry about rapids. This invites kayakers of all levels to enjoy in this sport. Kayaking is a great way to explore more of the beautiful landscape Kauai has to offer, and since you are in control, you can make it as relaxing or invigorating as you would like. You can rent a kayak and go out exploring on your own, or you can join a tour group and have an experience guide show and educate you about the island.

One of the top rated hotels to stay at in Kauai is the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. This resort is great for everyone, but especially ideal for a romantic vacation. This would be a great resort to come to for a honeymoon or an anniversary. This resort is known for the quiet atmosphere and the great service provided by the staff. If you want to experience the simplicity of the island, you may want to spend some nights in the wilderness. You can camp at a few different beaches, some ones that we reccommend Haena Beach Park, which is a favorite among travelers and locals. Haena is located on the North Shore of Kauai. You can also camp in Koke state park, which even ahs cabins for you to rent.

As mentioned earlier, Kauai is known as the “Garden Island”, which means that agriculture is a very important part of this island’s culture and economy. Kauai Coffee Company has the largest coffee farm in the United States, which also makes it the largest manufacturer of Hawaiian coffee. Kauai has “ideal conditions” for growing coffee, with nutrient rich soil from the volcanic earth, the hot sun bathing the trees, and also the cool rain coming from the mountains. All of this combined makes for an abundance of coffee, and an increased exportation of coffee beans.


Interview with the Matsumotos of Matsumoto Shave Ice February 15 2014, 0 Comments

This is a great interview with the owner's of Matsumoto Shave Ice on the North Shore of Oahu.  It's the first time I've seen the actual owners.  Very cool video by LuckyPeach TV.   

 


Stand Up Paddleboard is Taking Off February 13 2014, 1 Comment

Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP for short, is taking off across the world as an extreme sport.  The beauty of SUP is that you can do it anywhere there's water.  Whether it be open ocean or a standing lake, you can SUP.  Check out this awesome video of Stand Up Paddleboarding in Hawaii brought to you by Hawaiian Airlines.

All videos obtained from Youtube.


A Visitor's Guide to Maui February 03 2014, 0 Comments

Maui is one of the most popular tourist destinations for people visiting Hawaii, and it definitely deserves to be. It is the second largest Hawaiian island, following The Big Island, and has plenty to offer to its’ guests. No matter if you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventurous vacation, Maui will suffice every traveler in you.

One popular resort area to stay in Maui is Ka’anapali Beach. Ka’anapali has numerous resorts to choose from, all right on the beach. There is a whole row of resorts, and there is a boardwalk you can walk along the beach to each of the resorts. When staying at a hotel on the Ka’anapali beach, you could enjoy all your beach time, shopping, and relaxation without ever having to get in your car. At the end of the boardwalk is a shopping center, Whaler’s Village, which is home a huge variety of stores, and also many different restaurants. Since it is right on the beach, you can easily walk down in your swimsuit to grab some Hawaiian Shaved Ice or Frozen Yogurt to cool down. They also have many restaurants for lunch and dinner, and many serving a delicious variety of tropical drinks. You will not want to leave your Maui vacation without trying a Mai Tai or a Blue Hawaiian. As far as hotels go, we recommend Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. It is an older hotel, but because of this it has all the Hawaiian charm that you hope for. You are treated like family, and they are always there for you when you need information. They even have nightly entertainment, such as hula dancing, that you can enjoy while resting from your beach days.

Right next to Ka’anapali Beach is the historic town of Lahaina. Lahaina has an assortment of shops and restaurants to choose from, as well as many art galleries. For Jimmy Buffet fans, you can eat at Cheeseburger in Paradise, however be prepared for their usual long waits. Lahaina is an old whaling port, and has been made into an artsy district. You can spend hours exploring Lahaina, day or night. Lahaina also has Napili Beach, which is called a “hidden gem” by many visitors. Napili beach is known for being calm and quiet, so this is a great choice for days when you are wanting more relaxation.

One main attraction that brings travellers to Maui is whale watching. Humpback whales make an appearance in Maui from November-March, but February and March hold the greatest chance of seeing them. Humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warmer waters of Hawaii to breed. You will probably have a chance to see whales just from standing on shore, but the best way to see them is to get up close and personal on a whale watching cruise. We recommend Sail Trilogy, which offers smooth sailing catamarans directly from Ka’anapali Beach, unless it is too windy, in which case they will sail from Lahaina harbor. Speaking from experience, there are few things more magical than sailing next to a great humpback whale.

Another attraction that many people come to Maui for is the Road to Hana. Much like the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Life is a journey, not a destination”; this holds true for the Road to Hana. This is a long scenic drive that you can spend all day taking. Be sure to make many stops and enjoy the whole journey. The Road to Hana is definitely a popular tourist drive, so beware that it will probably be crowded. It is also a tight and curvy road, so be cautious and mindful while adventuring.

While in Maui, you will also want to stop at Mama’s Fish House, which is considered one of the best restaurants in America. It is located on the North Shore, and is nestled in an old beach house. You will find amazing service and delicious food in this traditional Hawaiian restaurant.

Another popular activity that you might not want to miss while in Maui is attending a luau. There are many to choose from, but two of the most popular ones are the Old Lahaina Luau and the Royal Lahaina Luau. A luau consists of a feast and live entertainment. You will get to try local Hawaiian cuisine, and also quench your thirst on Mai Tais. After you have satisfied your hunger, you spend the night watching and listening to amazing song and hula dancing. A Hawaiian luau is a great activity for families, and is something you will always remember from your Hawaiian vacation.

As far as amazing sights, you will want to visit Mt. Halaekala, which is a dormant volcano that reigns over 10,000 feet high above sea level. You must drive up many switchbacks to get to the top, but many visitors say it is their favorite place to visit in Maui. Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, you should try to catch either sunrise or sunset on top of this volcano. Since it is so high above sea level, be prepared for cold weather.

The Maui coffee industry has grown tremendously over the past decade. One of the biggest estate that grows coffee is the “MauiGrown Coffee” estate, which is 500 acres on Ka’anapali, near Lahaina. This estate offers four varieties of coffee: Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai, Guatemalan Typica, and the namesake Maui Mokka™. The Maui Mokka™ is the most unique to Maui; it is very small compared to the other varieties grown here. This seed originated in Ethiopia, and is harvested in the late fall. Like many Hawaiian coffee estates, the land that the coffee is grown on in Maui also used to be dedicated to sugar cane production, but for the past 20 years these 500 acres have been dedicated to growing and harvesting coffee beans to be enjoyed on the island and abroad.

Have you been to Maui yet?  What was your favorite part of the trip?

 

All videos obtained from Youtube.