Oh, Brother: Lehman Brothers Acquisition Threatens Ka’u Coffee Farmers

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Will Hawaii's prized Ka'u coffee be bulldozed to build condos? That's what Andrew Hetzel, Hawaii resident and Cafemakers founder, asked on Twitter after news broke that coffee producers like the famed Rusty's Hawaiian might soon be losing their lease. In a foreclosure settlement last year, Lehman Brothers acquired 5,880 acres of land on the … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: A Haole In Honolulu At Alan Wong’s

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[dropcap]E[/dropcap]verything around us sounds like money—the airy laughter of middle-aged Japanese women like the faint jangle of coins at the bottom of a purse; the thick guffawing of businessmen unfettered by the top buttons of their designer aloha shirts; the dull clink of knives on plates after a thickness of steak. I'm sipping a $14 Mai Tai … [Read more...]

Walking On Shave Ice: Breaking Up Da Beetles In Hawaii

We first reported to you last fall on borer beetle crisis developing in the Kona growing region of Hawaii. Sad news today, as the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the nasty borer beetle has been found in Ka'u, the prized growing region on the southernmost tip of the Big Island: The first infestation of the coffee berry borer in the Kau … [Read more...]