Hualalai Mauka Coffee Company Has Passion For Gourmet Kona Coffee

by dan on April 17, 2010

Family Farm Featured On Hawaii Home Tour and in HiLuxury Magazine.

Hualalai Mauka Coffee Company is a small family farm at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano overlooking Kailua Bay and Kona town. The husband and wife team of Marian Solomon and Mike Renner do most of the farm work themselves with some help from coffee pickers.

Hualalai Mauka Coffee only sells 100% estate grown Kona coffee that is hand picked and sun dried. They sell whole bean, dark roasted coffee that is roasted in 45-pound batches. To ensure freshness, the next batch isn’t roasted until the current batch has been sold. They also sell green (unroasted) coffee and will ship it worldwide.

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Hulalai Mauka Coffee also offers personalized farm tours with a phone call required to arrange the visit. The coffee farm also has lots of banana trees, macadamia nut trees, citrus, pineapples, and other tropical fruits. Hulalai Mauka Coffee takes pride in sharing their passion for coffee and growing the food they eat, and are eager to share with visitors the aloha and appreciation they feel for their lives they lead in their Kona community.

“We feel strongly that educating people about what it takes to produce food is our obligation in exchange for being able to live on such a beautiful property,” says Marian.

The coffee plants at Hualalai Mauka are naturally shade-grown amidst all the other farm crops. Most recently papayas have been planted between rows of coffee trees to provide shade and continue the experimentation with creating a sustainable, highly-productive farm.

Hualalai Mauka Coffee Farm, a gently sloping farm on land used for farming by Hawaiian royalty in ancient times, has been featured in HiLuxury Magazine and is also a stop on Hawaii Home Tours. This is such a lovely home and farm that it also won a beautification award from the Kona Outdoor Circle for beautification and conservation. The farm is ideally located with convection in the afternoons from the clouds coming over the mountains.

Hualalai Mauka Coffee Company is also a proud member of both the Kona Coffee Farmers Association and the Kona Coffee Council and each bag of coffee carries the seal of both organizations, guranteeing you are getting 100% pure Kona coffee.

To read about more Kona Coffee Farms see Kona Coffee Farms, Tours, and Coffeehouses.

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Claire Bajo April 18, 2010 at 7:35 am

This coffee farm in Keopu Mauka is one of the most immaculate coffee farms I’ve ever seen! Meticulously maintained with a wonderful ambiance - I loved meandering through the 4-acre property, seeing not just the prime growth of coffee, but also the sustainability & abundance of fruit available on this property. And sitting next to the koi pond created such a relaxing feeling, I loved basking in the wonderful energy of this place. Supposedly this area was one of the “ahupua’a” or landmarked areas of King Kamehameha I when he settled down in Kailua-Kona, and I believe it. This property and this area has such a sacred, respectful, humble and very fertile sense about it. Blessings to Marian & Mike for achieving excellence in their award-winning property! Aloha Pumehana~

Marian Solomon April 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

We welcome visitors who are in the Kona area. See photos of our farm on FaceBook.

Hazel Leung April 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I agree with Claire, the property is lovely and, as she says, immaculate. I am from Australia and spent some time there in September. Not only is the coffee great but the property is very beautiful too. It has a nice feel about it, as though it is well loved and tended and, I suspect what Claire says is true, the region has some sacred connections to old Hawaii too. Mike and Marian are lovely people so why not arrange a visit soon.

Paulette Clayton April 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

Mike and Marian’s coffee has that luscious chocolaty undertone of perfectly roasted fresh beans. Their farm is meticulous and when I have guests from the mainland it is very special experience is to tour their coffee farm. I recommend the coffee!

Pat Q April 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

We are big coffee drinkers and enjoy our Hualalai Mauka Kona Coffee very much. Once you try it you do not want to go back to any other kind. It also makes the perfect gift for friends and relatives who have everything or for those who don’t but enjoy good coffee.

Hannele Virtanen, Finland April 22, 2010 at 8:22 am

Hand picked, sun dried KONA COFFEE is best what I have tasted! Thanks to Marian and Mike, it has also been possible for me to drink in Finland! Just love it.

Andy and MariOnPonzini April 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

Mike and MariAn are wonderful hosts! We truly enjoy their coffee while we are in Hawaii and now that we are home in Canada, we have a bit of Hawaii each morning. However, what we miss most is Mike’s guacamole made with his home grown avacodos!! It is regretfull that it is not for sale. We have had many pleasant times sitting on the lanai with Mike and MariAn looking over the farm, marvelling at the amount of effort that the farm requires and becoming addicted to the guac. Yum Yum!!

Nathalie HEGER April 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

First your eyes are caught by the beautiful coffee beans ….. and then you tast it !

It’s now too late ….. you are CONQUEST by this delicious Kona Coffe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks a lot Marian & Mike .

Ivars Brauns from Latvia June 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I am absolutely seduced by the Kona coffee from your farm,Marian and Mike.Your coffee helps to live through Northern winter when it’s so cold out there and it cheers me up when I am sailing seven seas on 800 feet oil tanker.I do not need all the coffee in the world - I just need Kona coffee from Hualalai Mauka Company.

Debi Billet October 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I dream about your coffee. I anticipate at night that I can have some in the morning. It has made me obsessed with coffee (never before). I make extra so I can put it in the fridge for iced coffee in the middle of the day. Starbucks-Blech!! Marian and Mike, you can be very proud. I am a convert. It could only be better if you had decaf so I could drink it any time day or night. That would be perfection!

Brad Williams March 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

Their coffee is the absolute best tasting coffee, anywhere. Full bodied, never bitter and one great cup of joe.

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