Made In Hawaii. Domestic products of the islands

The brown gold from Hawaii… is also called the Coffee on the island. "Its aroma is dreamlike and better than other coffees" already said Mark Twain in 1866 🙂

Coffee cultivation in Hawaii mainly takes place on the west coast on Big Island, in the area Kona takes place. In the steep slopes of the Mount Halali  and the Mauna Loa volcano, at an altitude of 250 - 850 meters, the coffee grows in incredibly good conditions. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soils of Hawaii and the vector clouds that pass over this cultivation - region in the afternoon and protect the tender plantlets from the heat, make the Kona coffee to top quality. 

The soil in this region is even considered one of the most productive in the world. Wow!  The quantities of coffee produced are unfortunately very small. Since the coffee is handpicked and great attention is paid to quality during production and roasting, it makes the coffee very exclusive and not easy to get. Nowadays, the majority of coffee producers are ecologically oriented and there are now over 600 coffee farms in Kona, madness!

My Tip: take a look at the showcase Kanlani Ohana Farm stop by and enjoy a great day with the coffee farmer. Many Hawaiian families work here and secure their income with cultivation, harvesting, processing and quality control of coffee. The taste of Kona coffee is unique and is classified by coffee connoisseurs as one of the 3 best coffees in the world. The Kona coffee has the quality class : "extra fancy". Even NASA likes to enjoy a cup of Hawaiian coffee in space or even on Earth 🙂 And even in the white house since the arrival of Barak Obama Kona Coffee. Have you ever had a cup? How did you like it?

kona coffee from hawaii Big Island
Kona Coffee - one of the best coffee's in the world comes from Hawaii

A real vitamin bomb I would like to introduce to you now... No, it is not a fruit, but a nut. The Macadamia nut scores with vitamin B, calcium, iron and phosphorus and is nerve food for our brain due to the B vitamins and B6, when it gets a little more stressful again 🙂 The macadamia nut is "the queen among nuts" called, because the cultivation of the nut is very difficult and the further processing very complicated. The shell of the macadamia is so hard that you can not even open it with a normal nutcracker. To crack them, you need a Spindle nutcrackerwhich bores through the nut and opens it so. So not so easy to get the delicious nut... The demand is therefore all the greater and makes the golden Nüsschen to the most expensive nut in the world! It can be enjoyed in many ways, dried or roasted, coated with chocolate, salted or ground in cakes. Also the cosmetics industry uses the oil of the Allround nut for their products. Growing areas in Hawaii are Big Island, Molokai and also Oahu

Macadamia nut - The queen among nuts
"Macadamia nut - The queen among nuts" | Image: © HandmadePictures -

When you think of Hawaii. Pineapple probably the One fruitthat you immediately have in your head! In 1906 when James Dole opened the first pineapple factory in Honolulu opened on Oahu, Hawaii was still the world's number one pineapple supplier. Today, the beautiful islands produce only 15% of the world's pineapple crop. Most of the yellow fruit now comes from Asia. Awesome!

Pineapple so sweet and juicy!
Pineapple so sweet and juicy! | Image: © CJansuebsri -

Nevertheless, the pineapple is and remains Hawaii landmark and will always be associated with Hawaii. On all Hawaiian islands pineapple is grown on large pineapple plantations. No matter where you travel, if you drive by car over the islands, you will pass 100 percent pineapple plantations. Keep your eyes open!

My tip for you: If you are on Oahu, visit the Dole Plantation. Here you can learn everything about the pineapple. About breeding, harvesting and processing of the sweet fruit everything is explained. In the in-house garden you can admire different varieties, large, small, long, red...Really interesting. Even baby pineapple grows here, sweet! 😉 A small train takes visitors through the whole plantation and facility, climb on and look at everything!

In the vestibule of the Dole Plantation you can buy any souvenirs of the pineapple and the Dole brand. Necklaces, shirts, magnets, stickers and much more. Tastefully, you also get your money's worth, because here they sell pineapple ice cream with fresh pineapple chunks on it, mmmmh....ausserdem you get pineapple sliced and of course fast food, for the small hunger 🙂 The Dole Plantation is a nice destination for the afternoon and especially if you are traveling with children, they get to see a lot here.

Right and left on the roadside, the pineapple plantations
Right and left on the roadside, the pineapple plantations | Image: © Andrew Zarivny -

It is safe to say that Kona coffee, macadamia nut and pineapple are probably the most popular and famous products in the world. Made In Hawaii are. However, due to its year-round, permanently mild climateBut also by the excellent vulcanized soil, the best conditions that many other products can grow here. There are for example Cotton fields, Tobacco is grown, Orchids are grown for shipping, fruits such as Papaya, mango, guava, bananas and Coconuts grow here and even Vineyards there are. There are also rice fields in Hawaii.

The Pacific Ocean additionally offers abundant, great fish. Like the Yellowfin tunawhich lives off the coasts of Hawaii. From him one also makes the typical Ahi Ahi or Ahi Poke.

Try a lot of things in Hawaii, because local, regional products are always the freshest and best!

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