Maui Coffee Association Schedule of Meetings

Tuesday, October 13th 2015 “Talk Story” 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Pukalani Pool Room
Integrated Pest Management: A successful Strategy to Control Coffee Berry Borer FREE!
Call Gina at 808-322-4892 or by email at by Friday October 16th.

Friday, November 6th and 7th Made in Maui County Festival - Maui Arts and Cultural Center 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM of Friday the 6th, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday the 7th.
Tuesday, November 10th 2015 “Talk Story” 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 “Talk Story” 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, MCA business 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Meeting Location - Kula Community Center


Feb. 24, 2015

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Board of Agriculture (HBOA) voted today to place coffee grown on all areas of Oahu under the same quarantine restrictions as was issued earlier for the Waialua area on Oahu and Hawaii Island to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer (CBB).

On Dec. 17, 2014, HBOA placed coffee grown at Waialua Estate Coffee Farms and coffee roasted at the Old Waialua Sugar Mill under the same quarantine restrictions as coffee grown on Hawaii Island due to the detection of CBB infestations at the sites. Since the initial detections in Waialua, CBB has been found in Wahiawa and Poamoho in Central Oahu.

Today, the board voted unanimously to expand the designated infested area and extend the interisland quarantine restrictions to all of Oahu beginning tomorrow, Feb. 25, 2015.

“Expanding the coffee quarantine safeguards to cover Oahu is an important step in helping to keep other coffee-growing islands free of the coffee berry borer,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the HBOA. “Oahu is a hub for the state’s coffee trade and we need to make sure that coffee beans that are imported to, as well as exported from Oahu are not spreading this destructive pest.”

So far, CBB has not been detected on Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.


May 5, 2014
Integrated Pest Management Program funds coffee berry borer prevention, eradication programs for second year in a row

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $1 million to help combat the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost four years.The funding will be distributed through the Integrated Pest Management  (IMP) Program at USDA and be divided between Hawaii ($700,000) and Puerto Rico ($300,000). The program is a scientifically-based approach to fighting invasive species.
“I wrote directly to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  this year to urge continued funding to fight the coffee berry borer and am very pleased that USDA recognizes the threat of this highly destructive invasive species to Hawaii’s farms and economy,” said Hirono. "I’ve met and listened to farmers whose crops are being impacted by this alien pest species. Coffee is an important agriculture crop and export for our state - we produce some of the world’s best beans – and it is crucial that we provide the resources our farmers need. Over the past year, there has been encouraging progress as stakeholders from the federal, state and county levels work with farmers.  Moving forward, the Integrated Pest Management Program funding combined with the recent Coffee Plant Health Initiative in the Agricultural Act of 2014 will help us combat the coffee berry borer.”

“The Coffee Berry Borer has destroyed more than $9 million worth of our world-renowned coffee since 2010, leaving many small businesses and families in our rural communities devastated. Coffee farms are a major pillar in our rural Hawai‘i Island communities, and a majority are family-owned and operated,” said Gabbard. “They provide jobs on farms and at processing plants, purchase equipment, fertilizers, and other hardware necessary to bring the famous Kona and Ka‘u coffee to consumers worldwide. This $700,000 award to further fund the Coffee Plant Health Initiative program in Hawai‘i will help researchers combat this and other new invasive pests, and will also help to restore our farmers’ ability to grow and market world-class coffee, which is the only domestically grown coffee our country has to offer.”

Senator Hirono first contacted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in April of 2013 to urge for funding to fight the coffee berry borer and was successful in securing $1 million to establish an area-wide integrated pest management (IPM) program.  Hirono wrote to Vilsack again this year to urge for continued funding.

Hawaii Island is home to more than 700 small coffee farms. In 2011, coffee farmers in Hawaii produced more than 8 million pounds of coffee, valued at more than $30 million. The borer is an insect native to Central Africa that lives, feeds and reproduces in both immature and mature coffee berries. This damage can have a significant negative impact on the quality and quantity of coffee crop yields. As a direct result of the coffee berry borer, many farmers in 2012 have expressed concerns that their yields were in jeopardy. The Agricultural Research Service commenced an integrated pest management program in 2013 to study and develop a management plan for the coffee berry borer.

Our Organization

The Maui Coffee Association is a group of growers, service providers, merchants and others with an interest in promoting and enjoying coffee grown in Maui County. Our mission is to improve awareness and communication between growers and other segments of the Maui coffee industry.

Through community events, farm tours, cupping workshops and other opportunities the organization will represent the Maui coffee industry to the public and the County and State Government.

Formed in 2005 with just a few farms, the membership has grown to over 100 members, including roasters, purveyors, enthusiasts and 32 farms.

So the next time you order a Maui MokkaTM, double, half caff, lo foam, cappuccino you'll know that we were the ones who...

planted the seed, nurtured and watered the tree, pruned the branches, picked the beans, pulped, fermented, cleaned, dried, raked, dried some more, hulled, roasted, packaged, ground and brewed the you could.

Our organization is open to anyone with an interest in Maui coffee. Business membership dues are $28.00 per year for any farm or business located in Maui County that grows, roasts, wholesales, retails or processes coffee as a not insignificant part of their business. Each business membership will be allocated one vote. Basic membership is $12.00 and and is for any individual or business interested in promoting, fostering or furthering the work of The Maui Coffee Association. Enthusiast members may not vote.



Double click the form for a printable version.

Mail your completed membership form to:
The Maui Coffee Association
P. O. Box 1089 . Kula, Maui, Hawaii 96790
Make checks payable to:
The Maui Coffee Association

President: Sydney Smith - 808-572-0072

Keokea Farms Best Coffee on Maui 2014...second year in a row!

Best of Maui
There were 82 total entries this year and Maui had 12 entries.  The scores throughout the state were overall, higher than they were last year.  Maui entries had the highest average score of any of the 8 Hawaiian Coffee Districts!

Congratulations to all the Maui Coffee entries for a GREAT SHOWING!!

The Top 3 coffees in Maui were
                 KEOKEA FARMS Second year in a row!
                 PUEO COFFEE COMPANY

Keokea Farms also received a 3rd Place award in the Creative Division
Pueo Coffee received a 6th Place award the Creative Division!
Tambra Gardens / Kula Beans received a 7th Place award in the Creative Division!
Maui Grown Coffee – Mokka Natural tied for 1st Place honors in the Commercial division!

Maui placed 3 coffees in the overall Top Ten and 6 coffees in the overall Top Twenty.  A more complete listing of entries and scores can be found at

Congratulations again to all the Maui entrants!   We can all be proud to represent Maui Coffee!!

East Maui Taro Festival 2013

Just a few photos from the East Maui Taro Festival, April 20th and 21st.  It was a wonderful, warm day in Hana and a good time was had by all...........We sold many cups of hot and iced coffee.

We hope you will enjoy the photos.

SPECIAL THANKS to Gerry Ross and Wayne Young for standing, talking and participating in this wonderful uniquely Maui event.