In 1825, the Governor of Oahu, Chief Boki, was returning to Hawaii on the British warship H.M.S. Blondie. The Governor was accompanying the bodies of King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu who had both died of measles during a state visit to London. The Blondie harbored in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the long voyage, and there took on several coffee plants among her many provisions.
The coffee was planted in Manoa Valley on Oahu, and from this small field of coffee all Hawaiian coffee plants have descended. In 1828, Reverend Samuel Ruggles transferred several coffee trees from the Manoa valley to the rugged Kona region above Kealakekua Bay on the big island of Hawaii. There the plants thrived, due to some of the best coffee growing conditions in the world. Soon an entire culture arose around the farming of Kona Coffee, and the coffee quickly earned a reputation, far beyond the islands, as superior in taste and quality.
Today, as then, Kona Coffee is grown on small private estates, typically about five acres. Also the same, Kona Coffee is picked by hand in limited quantities, ensuring its quality, superb taste, and standing in history as one of the finest coffees in the world.
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