Award-winning Kona coffees, roasted locally on Maui! Kona coffee, grown in small farms on the island of Hawaii’s Kona coast, has long held the reputation for being the world’s finest gourmet beans. Since 1827, it's rich flavor and full body have drawn wide acclaim. King Kamehameha II visited Europe and sent the first coffee trees back home to the Hawaiian Islands. Coffee was grown on all of the islands until sugarcane and pineapple took over as Hawaii’s cash crops. The Kona coast of Hawaii’s Big Island continues to grow coffee. Retired cane workers, who were given land unsuitable for sugar production, started small farms. Today, as sugar mills and pineapple canneries close, coffee plantations are re-emerging on all Hawaiian Islands.