March 25, 2019
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Legislative Objectives

Council District 7 Candidates answer KCFA Questionnaire

Candidate Questionnaire—from the Kona Coffee Farmers Association  RESPONSE DATE:  September 26, 2018  For the three questions below, please select either “yes”, “no”, or “other”.  Comments are optional, but would be very helpful.  “Yes” answers will indicate support for positions taken by the Kona Coffee Farmers Association (“KCFA”) and support for the interests of Hawaii coffee growers.  We will provide summaries ... Read More »

March 7 Hearing-West Hawaii Civic Center 9 am-Your Help Needed

REMINDER–EXTENSION OF CURRENT HDOA COFFEE GRADE STANDARDS: On March 7, 2017, at 9:00 am at the West Hawaii Civic Center, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing on its proposal to extend the “sunset date” for the current grade standards. If the HDOA’s proposed amendments are not adopted, the current standards will expire or “sunset” on June ... Read More »

HB186 Testimony Example

Dear Chair Gabbard and Members of the Senate AEN Committee: I am a Kona coffee farmer in the North Kona District of Hawaii Island and am a member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.  I strongly support the passage of HB186. The threat of Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) creates a danger that Hawaii-grown coffee will join sugar and pineapple as ... Read More »

POINTS IN SUPPORT OF REFORMING THE HAWAII COFFEE LABELING LAW

POINTS IN SUPPORT OF REFORMING THE HAWAII COFFEE LABELING LAW: 1—As a matter of economic theory, if supply goes down, prices go up.  Removing from the supply side what is estimated to be 5 million pounds of fake Kona coffee sold annually in Hawaii (that is, 5 million pounds in packages consisting of 90% foreign coffee with the name “Kona” ... Read More »