Beginning in September (2010) we received word that the Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) had been detected in the Kona coffee growing region of The Big Island. This is very important since this can be devastating to the coffee industry. Inspect your trees. Look for a tiny hole in the end (blossom end) of your coffee cherries. Cut a cherry and bean in half and look inside. Below you will see pictures of what to be on the lookout for. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is taking a very active role in this, but are still weighing the options at this time to eradicate the problem.
Report anything that looks suspicious or call Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Pest Control Branch at 808-973-9522 or email with questions or reports.