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Bull Ka’ili’awa - Ka’ili’awa Coffee Farm

Laid off from the shutdown of the last sugar plantation on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Thomas “Bull” Kailiawa dreamed of having his own farm, with his Hawaiian pua’a (pigs), gourds, taro, banana, breadfuit, sugar cane, and the world’s best coffee. He would do it Hawaiian-American style. He knocked around a bit as a road builder and running security at the island’s ports, but soon took over his aunties’ Two Sister’s coffee farm, just above Pahala, in the beautiful area called “Clouds Rest”. Bull applies some old Hawaiian techniques, raises his coffee ‘ohana or family style. As a result, his island style coffee has been judged Number One in the U.S. and Top Ten in the world at the 2011 international Coffees of the Year competition at the Specialty Coffee Association of America convention - the largest confab of its kind on the planet. Bull also came in seventh in the world and top in the U.S. in 2009 when he beat many big estate coffees from Colombia, Brazil and Vietnam.

At heart, it’s a David vs. Goliath story about saving the land, making your dream come true, living a calm and productive life - on land he hopes will stay in agriculture forever.

Toward that end he is planting a new coffee farm along Hwy 11 near Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park so people can see Kaʻu Coffee in all its glory. He is also experimenting with new organic techniques; using shade-grown techniques and creating fertilizer with husks from macadamia growers and from processing locally caught fish

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(808) 928-0550

P.O. Box 280, Pahala, HI 96777


Monday - Saturday 9am - 430pm
Sunday: Closed

We will be CLOSED on:
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day