Business Roundup: 10-08-18

Kaiwi earns high coffee grade

Hawaii Coffee Co. recently announced Roger Kaiwi as its second certified Q Grader.

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In addition to his work for Hawaii Coffee Company, Kaiwi is also president of the Kona Coffee Council and has a long career in Kona coffee. His certification comes a few months after the announcement of Hawaii Coffee Co.’s first Q Grader, Aaron Schank. Schank has been invited to judge the cupping contest in November’s Kona Coffee Festival.

The Coffee Quality Institute launched the Q Grader certification program in 2003 and it has become the premiere program for Arabica coffee analysis experts. Currently, there are only 12 Q Graders in Hawaii and approximately 513 in the country.

Q Graders must complete a rigorous five-day training course with 22 exams assessing their expertise in every aspect of coffee analysis.

Since it operates in the country’s most important coffee growing region, Hawaii Coffee Co. is particularly proud of two of its own elevating our state’s coffee expertise, the company said in a press release.

Destination Residences Hawaii picks up Mauna Lani Resort properties

Destination Residences Hawaii announced Wednesday the acquisition of Classic Resorts Limited of Lahaina, a collection of five luxury condominium resorts and a portfolio of vacation homes located throughout Maui and the Island of Hawaii.

The properties will expand Destination Residences Hawaii’s footprint throughout the islands, joining Makena Surf, Polo Beach Club, Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea Ekahi Village, Wailea Ekolu Village, Wailea Elua Village, and Wailea Grand Champions on Maui, and The Lodge at Kukuiula in Poipu, Kauai.

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Accommodations range from studio to three-bedroom condominiums and feature fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms, private lanais, herb gardens, expansive windows, and daily housekeeping service.

The newly acquired operations on the Island of Hawaii are located on the sunny Kohala Coast within the legendary Mauna Lani Resort. These properties include Mauna Lani Point, The Islands at Mauna Lani and Champion Ridge, in addition to the luxury private home collection at The Cape, The Point Estates, and Nintendo and Toyota corporate homes.