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Ka’anapali Coffee Farms

Knowing that my husband is a realtor helps explain to you why this excursion is a must every time we go to Maui.  We look at houses.  No, we are not in the market to buy multi-million dollar houses even in Central California, let alone Hawaii, but once a realtor…

Document, document, document. We were here.

The deal is that you build your dream home, but the coffee farm stays.  There are several types of coffee here.

We hit the jackpot this year.

Lot #50

Fooled you – we didn’t win lot #50.  They harvested coffee beans the day we drove up the mountain.  We had never seen this, so maybe you haven’t either.  I can’t tell you much about it, so all you get are pictures, and a few stray comments to balance the page.  Deal?

Coffee beans

Every lot has coffee beans, but they are not all the same type.  Interestingly these beautiful fruits are called coffee cherries.

More coffee beans

Many countries harvest coffee cherries by hand, but not here at Ka’anapali Coffee Farms.

First, picking up the wagon at the barn.

Coffee bean harvester

Then the strip the branch of coffee cherries and empty them into the wagon.  As many machines as we have seen in the Central Valley, this was a new one for us!

Coffee bean harvester at work stripping the coffee cherry off the branch.

It’s pretty tall to have to fit over the trees, so that driver has a magnificent view down the mountainside.

The harvester could see all the way to Lana’i, the little island visible under the clouds.

You guessed it, Ka’anapali Beach Club.

Even the birds enjoyed the harvest.  I can’t imagine how jazzed they were after following the harvester around all day picking up fallen coffee cherries.  I’m sure the cherries aren’t decaf!

One last look before we head back down the mountain.

Trust me, it’s a lot easier to look at this development than the one we went through on horseback!  I couldn’t even remember WHAT they were growing there.

Bye bye.

Next time.

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  1. Aloha, Marsha!
    It doesn’t matter where we travel. I always pick up a real estate booklet to check out the market. We are not house shopping either, but it’s fun to dream a little. Now the kids know enough about our dream house to sort through the ads and read the good ones aloud to me while I’m driving!


    • Yes, and I don’t even know what it was, but you should have seen the model home! We saw it last time we were there from the outside. If that house was in downtown Visalia it would cost close to a million.


  2. Ooooo lovely! I adored this post, well done, beautiful photos. The shot with the sea was dazzling. I must say, I would not mind that job! Wooo, nice view. I like imagining the extremely contented birds imbibing of those rejuvenating berries. This was absolutely fabulous, well done!

    Autumn Jade


    • They didn’t get too excited about anything. I understand that coffee is used to help adults with ADHD when they self-medicate. So these birds were cool when we came up to take pictures. No worries from them!


      • Birds NOT excited?!! Astounding!! All the birds I meet here are incessantly animated. You pet them, from a hulking crane to a wee song-bird and they just exude heat from all that energy!


        • Yes, but these were imbibing coffee berry juice. They were awake but calm!!! Of course, we didn’t try to make friends with them. I’m not a bird person. I’m deathly afraid of beaks.


      • That is most intriguing about the increase of concentration from coffee in adults, I did not know that, interesting. I love coffee but tend to avoid it, which is sad.


        • I’ve been told to stick to decaf, which I do most of the time. Love it, though. We’ll have a slip, opps I meant sip when we get to explore the sea together some day. 🙂


  3. Oh no…a p.s. had to, sorry, this will be short. I just wanted to mention I know the love of “building” the dream house. Me mum and I would attend the parade of homes and scheme away. Ambulating about mansions with blue booties, oh those were the days. Cheers luv,



    • Never be sorry to add a p.s or a p.s.s. or p.s.s.s… I love your comments. Mom and I always loved to look at houses. Mom and Dad did that when we were little dragging us along. We loved it eve then. It’s fun to watch them go up. My girlfriend and I used to go around to the new housing developments and find a way to sneak into the almost =-finished houses that had doors to keep us out. Windows work well.


      • Sounds like we had similar childhoods in this way. I was constantly roving about houses as they were being built, in all the stages, and yes, windows work most swimmingly XD I am especially fond of the memories of exploring them in the winter, ooo with the snow, lovely.


  4. What I remember is that the Kona Coffee is delicious. Never went to the fields or watched the harvesting. I have been on 5 of the islands, I never went on Lanai ( the pineapple island) there is at least one of the islands that is private – seems there was, I think the Richardson’s that owned it and you had to be a native to go on the island. I went to Maui in November and there was a lot of mosquitoes. Good photos of the processof harvesting the coffee.


    • Wow, we didn’t have any mosquitos. We’ve been there in Dec., and it was too rainy and cool for my liking. October was perfect, just like it is everywhere else!!! Yes, I think Lani is the private one. We have taken a helicopter ride over the area. So beautiful! :))))


      • I went there in November and stayed at a condo that the screen door didn’t close all the way. we had to cover our heads with the sheet because of the mosquitos.
        I don’t think that Lanai is the private island but it was a long time ago that I heard that. The purpose of being there was a photo trip with my photo class. Had some super great pictures a couple of them won two medals at the Los Angeles Fair. I was walking on air from that. When we get our place I’ll set up my scanner to scan a bunch of my photos. Hope they still are good.


        • How wonderful, and what an honor to win medals for your photographs. I’ll look forward to seeing them. One of these days I’m going to scan in my dad’s photos. He really was a photographer. I just play at it. I haven’t taken a class yet, but I want to. 🙂


  5. What a unique experience! I’m sure every coffee drinkers got excited reading this, and like me, are very envious of you. That coffee cherries is very very interesting. Never heard of it.
    Excellent post. Glad you shared the process, you definitely keep us on our toes.


  6. breathing ever so deeply…fresh coffee beans potentially brewing here! Love your post and beautiful images…especially the red coffee beans. 🙂


    • You are certainly welcome, Helen. I’m going back through and promoting those old posts since I have to sell my week in Hawaii. It’s been fun reliving them. 🙂





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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