|Up to 190 Starbucks in Canada, the U.S. mainland and Japan are serving Ka`u Coffee by the cup and selling by through November,|
the coffee coming from 40 farmers through Chris Manfredi's Ka`u Local Products, Inc..
A Starbucks blog, according to Stephens Media, describes the Ka`u Coffee: “We were smitten instantly with this lovely little coffee and lucky enough to buy five tiny micro lots. With all of this attention it won’t be long until everyone will have Ka`u on their lips! The discovery of this little gem is replete with flavors that scream tropical paradise,” states the Starbucks blogger. Said Manfredi, "We are pleased to see that customers are discovering the fresh coconut flavors with sweet caramel and citrus notes that are distinct characteristics of the Ka`u cup. This is another important step on Ka`u's journey to establish itself as a premium coffee growing origin."
Manfredi has been involved in marketing Ka`u Coffee at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, where local farmers have won international tasting awards, and representing Ka`u Coffee as president of the Ka`u Farm Bureau, legislative liaison for the statewide Farm Bureau, and working on the coffee berry borer committee and the statewide Hawai`i Coffee Association.
THE KA`U COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE holds a meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Ocean View. Project manager Ron Whitmore will provide an update on the status of the project. Additional information about the CDP and the Steering Committee is available at www.kaucdp.info, including draft minutes from the Sept. 13 Steering Committee meeting. The public can also contact Steering Committee chair Leina`ala Enos at 929-8641 or firstname.lastname@example.org, other Steering Committee members, Community Planning assistant Nalani Parlin at 217-6893 or email@example.com, or Whitmore at 961-8742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sen. Gil Kahele|
Food drive collection sites are Pahala Community Center, Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Na`alehu Island Market, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Ka`u Family Center, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Discovery Harbour Community Association, Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Kahuku Country Market, daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call Teresa Alderdyce at 929-9611, ext. 10.
KA`U HIGH VARSITY FOOTBALL faced the Honoka`a Dragons last night at the Pahala ball field. Junior Billy Lorance got the Trojans off to a promising start, scoring a touchdown for the Trojans in the first quarter. However, the speedy Dragons outran the Trojans on the field, winning the game 48-6. In the second half senior Oliver Asistin and freshman Cy Tamura both intercepted the Dragons' ball.
|Ka`u scored in the first quarter during a game against Honoka`a last night in Pahala. Photo by Nalani Parlin|
PETER MOON JOINS CYRIL PAHINUI and Bolo tonight at Kilauea Theater in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door.
ACOUSTIC HAWAIIAN JAM is the theme of this year’s Ka `Ohana O Honu`apo celebration at the oceanfront park tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Slack key and `ukulele master Keoki Kahumoku encourages everyone to bring along instruments. The event is free and underscores stewardship of the wetlands and public gathering place at Honu`apo.