100% Kona Coffee

Mama's Kona Coffee

Mama and her family have been growing Kona coffee since the reign of the last great Hawaiian king, King Kalakaua. As a small child, she would help her mama pick coffee where our aunty now lives. At the time it was the family's mauka home (mountain side). The house still stands and is located in Keauhou-Kona.

As long as I can remember my family has farmed, cultivated, picked and sold fresh coffee cherries from our farm to the neighboring bigger coffee farms in Kona for production and sale.

During dinner one night we were discussing how hard it was to make ends meet just growing and selling coffee cherries. A farmer always had to have a "regular" day job to help pay for farm related expenses. The love of farming coffee and growing your own fruits and vegetables wasn't enough to cover the all the costs related to keeping the farm going. We decided that maybe we should try selling our own coffee. We thought about just selling parchment to some of the other farmers, but quickly moved on to thoughts of selling our own green beans and roasting our own coffee. Our next hurdle was trying to come up with a name for our company. The couple of names we did come up with were already in use or were too similar to them. As we kept talking mama started talking about the old days growing up picking coffee as a child and when she was given the land that belonged to her father by her mother. It was then that we realized that this would be a great way to continue our heritage, legacy, love and respect for mama. Thus the name "Mama's Kona Coffee".

I am Hawaiian born 4th generation Kona coffee farmer in business with my mother who has worked the family coffee land all her life. Mama says "Na, anu'nu oe ka aina, ai-ana ka aina ia oe. Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha-awi ia oe, na mea ai." Roughly translates to " Take care of the land and the land will give back. Be greedy with the land and the land will eat you up".

Mama's Kona Coffee LLC insures that the reputation and quality of our 100% Kona Coffee continues into the next generation.

Thank you for visiting Mama's Kona Coffee.


Lily jr.


Mama Lily and Lily Jr.

Interview for "Aha'i Olelo Ola
(Hawaiian Language TV) Dec. 2010

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We use these slides to introduce our coffee to roasters or friends that we meet at the farmers market

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