History of Ka‘u coffee detailed in new documentary

  • Visitors taste Ka‘u coffee prepared different ways in the Ka‘u Coffee Experience at the fifth annual Ka’u Coffee Festival Hoolaulea at the Pahala Community Center. (West Hawaii Today/file photo)

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Ka’u’s draft Community Development Plan calls for planning the district’s future around its current and developing economic resources, such as coffee. Pictured are general Manager John Cross of Ka’u Coffee Mill Hawai’i talks with Susan Bonnette of San Jose, Calif. during a tour at the mill for the 2012 Ka’u Coffee Festival Saturday afternoon at the Pahala Community Center. The festival was led by coffee processors, marketers and tasting experts to teach 13 local coffee growers new techniques.

Find out how former sugar workers reinvented themselves to grow award-winning Ka‘u coffee in a new, 20-minute film available via YouTube.