Port Angeles, Washington
April 6, 2003
Coffees of Hawaii is a 500-acre coffee plantation on Molokai that offers two tours daily from Monday to Friday. Tours are $7 per person and last 45 minutes, starting at 9:30am and 11:30am. Call ahead for reservations at (808)567-9241 or (800)709-2326. The tour takes you on a mule-drawn wagon ride through the coffee fields, followed by a tour of the processing area. The tour shows all of the steps involved in growing, harvesting, and processing coffee. After the tour, you can try as many free samples as you can drink! You can try free samples even if you don’t make it to the tour! Make sure to visit the nice gift shop to buy some 100% Molokai coffee, sold in 2-ounce, 8-ounce, or 16-ounce packages. There is also an espresso bar and bagel shop if you need a super duper coffee or a snack. Coffees of Hawaii is located at the intersection of Hwy 470 and Hwy 480, about a 10-minute drive from Kaunakakai.
Just next to Coffees of Hawaii is my favorite place to eat on Molokai, Kamuela’s Cookhouse. It isn’t fancy, but what Ono Grinds (delicious food)! Kamuela’s is open 6:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm Tuesday to Friday, and 8am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. My favorite meal at Kamuela’s was the terriaki chicken plate. There were 3 generous sized pieces of hot, tasty, freshly prepared terriaki chicken, plus a choice of fries or rice (pick rice to be traditional) and choice of macaroni salad (yummy) or garden salad. Meat plus rice plus mac salad is a combination you will see all over Molokai (and Hawaii) and is what the local people eat. The prices are reasonable at $8 or less for almost everything on the menu.
About 1 mile from Coffees of Hawaii and Kamuela’s Cookhouse is Purdy’s Macadamia Nut Farm. Actually, it is more of a large family stand of nut trees than a nut farm, but it is interesting to visit in any case. The farm consists of 50 trees. It is a casual atmosphere (no reservation necessary) and Purdy will give tours as he sees fit depending on the number of people and how long you’ve been waiting and chatting. The FREE tour consists of a 10-minute talk about the growing and harvesting cycle of macadamia nuts, followed by free samples of salted nuts and fresh coconut dipped in macadamia blossom honey. Yummy! Purdy takes pride in that his products contain no additives (other than sea salt) or preservatives (like added by the big nut plantations on the Big Island). He says his will last on the countertop for about 1 month without preservatives. But of course they would never last that long at my house! Purdy can be contacted at (808)567-6601, or see the website. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.
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