The Kona District, on the west side of the island of Hawaii ("the Big Island"), is the area most well known for coffee in the state. The coffee plant was brought to the Kona District in 1828 by Samuel Reverend Ruggles, from Brazilian cuttings. Kona has an elevation between 700 and 2000 feet above sea level and is referred to as the "coffee belt" of Hawaii. This elevation combined with favorable temperatures, adequate rainfall and rich volcanic soil make coffee from the Kona region a favorite of coffee connoisseurs across the globe. Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
At Private Tours Hawaii, we recommend you try Kona coffee at the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm on the east side of Oahu and/or at the Waialua Coffee Farms on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu.