Coffee growers brew aloha for Maui


The first load of coffee, more than 100 pounds, is ready for shipment on Mokulele Airlines early Friday morning at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole. From left, Helen Burnett of Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms, who conceived the Coffee Love for Maui airlifts, four Mokulele crew members, and Alex Hollis and Bill Myers of Heavenly Hawaiian. ((Courtesy photo/ special to West Hawaii Today))

Maui firefighters and Mokulele Airlines crew hold bags of Mountain Thunder coffee labeled 'Maui Strong' shortly after receiving the first official Coffee Love for Maui airlift Friday morning. (Courtesy photo/ special to West Hawaii Today)



Relief efforts for those impacted by the catastrophic wildfires on Maui include an airlift undertaken by Hawaii’s coffee growers — a coffee break, if you will, for first responders and others.