Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

May/June 2017

Aloha Joe—Inside Hawai`i Island’s World of Coffee

Aloha Joe—Inside Hawai`i Island’s World of Coffee At Waikoloa Beach Resort, you can find a good cup of coffee almost everywhere you turn. Most of the time, that coffee will have been grown, dried, and roasted right here on Hawai`i Island. For example, Hilton Waikoloa Village features several locations of Waikoloa Coffee Company where guests can find a signature brew; Island Gourmet Market sells an array of local coffee beans at Queens’ MarketPlace; and Starbucks sells its distinctive blends, also at Queens’ MarketPlace. But there’s so much more to the story.

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Two Centuries of Flavor

Two Centuries of Flavor The first record of coffee in the Sandwich Isles appears in 1813, when a Spaniard named Don Francisco de Paula y Marin noted in his journal that he planted seedlings of coffee on the island of O`ahu. Though not much else is known about the trees that Marin planted, Hawaiian coffee — and Kona coffee in particular — has over the ensuing two centuries become almost as synonymous with the state as dreamy beaches and coconut trees. The first coffee was planted on Hawai`i Island by Reverend Joseph Goodrich of the Hilo mission in an attempt to make the mission, and its native Hawaiian

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Seed to Table

Seed to Table “Coffee is part of the culture of the islands,” says Jayson Kanekoa, executive chef at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. “Every state drinks coffee, but Hawai`i is the only state that produces coffee.” Kanekoa (pictured below right) oversees a mini-grove of 38 coffee trees that are planted outside the Marriott’s Hawaii Calls restaurant. Although the small grove doesn’t produce enough beans for the hotel’s coffee supply, Kanekoa does use the beans from the trees to produce a rub that is used to flavor fish and meat dishes in the restaurant. “The beans are ready to

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Daylight Mind Café & Restaurant

Daylight Mind Café & Restaurant Resort guests can also find a variety of coffee drinks at Daylight Mind Café & Restaurant in Queens’ MarketPlace, a coffee-pub, featuring carefully sourced, roasted, and brewed coffees, with an emphasis on Hawai`i-grown coffees. The restaurant has partnered with several boutique, family-owned farms in the Holualoa area (just above Kona) to source beans that are just right for the drinks they serve. One blend, for example, was engineered specifically for the complexity and balance required in espresso.

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Ka`u Coffee at Mai Grille

Ka`u Coffee at Mai Grille At Mai Grille in the Waikoloa Kings’ Golf Course clubhouse, Chef Allen Hess has been creating buzz not only with a menu of delectable cuisine, but with the blended, Ka‘u-grown coffee he serves. “My family bought a 5-acre plot in the Ka`u region (near South Point) six years ago,” Hess says. “We now have about 6,000 coffee plants growing there.” The farm grows three varieties, including Typica (“for its hardiness,” says Hess), Liberica (“for its vanilla flavors and fancier notes”), and Mocha (“which lends a robust, woody flavor”). The blend made on the farm is

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Moku o Keawe International Festival

Moku o Keawe International Festival The Moku O Keawe International Festival Hula Competition brought Hawaiian culture to life at Hilton Waikoloa Village on March 8 – 11. Several workshops in hula technique were offered and standout evening performances included Wahine Kahiko, Kapuna, and Wahine `Auwana. Produced by Moku O Keawe Foundation, the festival is part of an ongoing effort to enrich and educate the practice and development of hula and its associated arts, and also to build, strengthen, and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawai`i. Sponsors included Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hilton Waikoloa Village,

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Walk for a Good Cause

Walk for a Good Cause On May 13, more than 3,000 walkers and 160 runners will take part in the 39th Annual Charity Walk Fundraiser, sponsored by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. Last year, $305,690 was raised for 54 Hawaii Island charities, and event organizers anticipate that even more will be raised this year. “The Charity Walk will be bigger and better than ever,” said Steve Yannarell, co-chair of the Walk and general manager of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. “We’re adding food booths, enter tainment, and children’s activities ... it is shaping up to be a fun day that will also

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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival