Bob & I are each from families in Hawaii whose parents & grandparents worked in sugar. We were raised in an agricultural environment in Hawaii- so this is what we know.
Laie, Oahu where I was born- hasn’t changed much
Bob is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a BS in Tropical Agriculture. He worked in sugar for many years before we bought this coffee farm in 1988.
We live on the farm in our house and are the growers, pickers, and packers, selling our entire crop directly to people who enjoy our unique products. We hand farm our land, using no machinery, continuing the ancient tradition of hand farming by Hawaiians who grew taro, bananas, sweet potatoes and sugar cane in our same fields.
Bob is conscientious about the care of the land and has enhanced our practically perfect natural conditions through individualized attention to each tree. He is able to give our trees this specialized care because of our 5-acre size.
taken from near the top of our farm- looking down towards the ocean, a photo of Lehua blossoms from one of our Ohia trees.
We have pre-contact stone walls, hand built by Hawaiians. No bulldozer has ever crushed our earth. The roots of our coffee plants can go anywhere they want in our light volcanic soil. Makes them happy!
UPDATE- Fence is DONE! No wild pigs can get into the top part of our farm! No dogs either! YAY! We can already see the ruts left by the pigs marching through, are beginning to get smoother.
Fence is up! Neighbor to the left and pig-proof! As the ranch guys were building the fence, at this part they could hear noisy pigs fighting to the left- in the middle of the day and told Bob he ought to get a few. No thanks!
The shy Bufo marinus (about 7 inches) hiding under the leaf matter, lives on our farm. According to “Honolulu Magazine”, December, 1995, page 22. “C. E. Pemberton gives “Paradise of the Pacific” this account of how he single handedly introduced the toad for the Hawai’i Sugar Planters Association, in an attempt to control Hawai’i's spiraling insect population: ‘In 1932 the writer collected 148 adult Bufo marinus in Puerto Rico and brought them to Hawai’i packed in boxes of excelsior. Part of this lot was sent by express…almost all arrived in good condition after the three weeks journey.’ Within three years, these colonists had multiplied impressively ”
note: Dr Pemberton was a distant relative of mine.
Bob holding one of our wild Jackson Chameleons.
It is really just us. We are the sole packers and the pruners and roasters of our Smithfarms 100% Kona Coffee. We are farmers who are confident that we offer you the finest 100% Kona coffee.