Coffee leaf rust confirmed in Kona: Leaders creating plans to fight new pest

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  • The coffee trees at Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee Farm in Holualoa extend over a panoramic view of the Pacific. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Coffee berries at Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee Farm grow as they await being picked. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Since the discovery of coffee leaf rust was confirmed on Hawaii Island in October, the coffee community — from individual farmers to the state’s Department of Agriculture — has been working to find ways to combat the spread of the pest.