How Did Coffee Get To Hawaii?

Posted by Sarah Klacik on

Well, I didn't know either, until I did a few searches. In a nutshell, Don Francisco de Paula Marin was the first to bring coffee trees to Hawaii in 1817, but the seedlings didn’t survive, unfortunately.

However, in 1825 after a tragic trip to London where King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamāmalu contracted measles and died, Chief Boki, Governor of Oahu (who was traveling with the King and Queen), returned via Rio de Janeiro where he acquired coffee seedlings, and successfully planted them in Manoa Valley, Oahu!

Chief Boki and his wife Kuini Liliha

(Pictured above: Chief Boki, and his wife Kuini Liliha. Printed by C. Hullmandel; drawn on stone from the original painting by John Hayter. London 1824. Public Domain.)

Since then, coffee growing has spread to the other islands, the most famous being Kona, Hawaii where some of the most sought after coffee comes from.


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