About Town: 03-20-18

  • Brian Miyamoto, executive director, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation accepted the award on behalf of Greenwell Farms. (Courtesy photo)

Greenwell Farms awarded best ag tourism destination

KEALAKEKUA — Greenwell Farms was named Best Agriculture Tourism Destination in the agritourism category at the 2018 aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards ceremony held recently in Honolulu.

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“We are so honored to be recognized for our team’s efforts in creating a farm experience that educates and engages visitors with the many aspects of Greenwell Farms’ 150-year history,” said Greenwell Farms President Tom Greenwell, in a press release. “Our great team here on the farm is committed to sharing Kona’s coffee heritage and to keep Greenwell Farms as a top-of-mind Kona coffee farm experience for visitors and kamaaina. This prestigious award celebrates all of our team’s hard work and dedication.”

Greenwell Farms began in 1850 when Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England and first set foot in rural Kona. Henry spent the next 40 years farming, ranching and perfecting his Kona coffee, soon exporting it to Europe and the Americas. In 1873, the President of the Kaiser’s Exposition in Vienna, Austria awarded the Greenwell’s a “Recognition Diploma” for their Kona coffee at the World’s Fair.

The family tradition continues today, over 150 years later, with fourth-generation farmers Tom and Jennifer Greenwell and their team, who work to maintain the tradition of high quality Kona coffee at Greenwell Farms.

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Free tours of its coffee farm and processing facilities run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 2018 aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards publicly recognize and reward excellence within the industry.

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