There is good news for Hawaii coffee aficionados. The City of Honolulu recently announced they will fulfill a mandate of the Hawaii Constitution to protect agricultural lands on Oahu. Over the next year, important agricultural lands will be identified in order to help maintain food security here in Hawaii. These agricultural lands will be protected from development, unless reclassified by a vote from the Land Use Commission. Additionally, the mandate will help promote more diversified agriculture in the islands.
What does this mean for Hawaiian coffee?
While the agriculture land has not been identified yet, we here at North Shore Hawaiian Coffee feel confident the coffee fields of Waialua will be selected. How could they not? Not only do the Waialua coffee fields produce some of the finest coffee beans in the world, but they are located in one of the most gorgeous locales here on Oahu. And have we mentioned that Hawaii is the only state in the Union that grows coffee? Should be a no brainer.
The City of Honolulu plans to spend $200,000 in the following year in order to identify Oahu’s prime agricultural land. Until 2013, fear not Hawaiian coffee drinkers, just keep enjoying premium Hawaiian coffee and lets remind the government to Keep the Country Coffee.