Kona Coffee

The American Dream in Hawaii

The Kona coffee story is very much a story of pursuing the American dream as much as it is a unique epic in Hawaiian history. I wish to highlight one of the people who built up the industry helping it not only to survive but also to evolve into the special culture it is today.

The cast of characters ranges from faceless large corporations to hardy pioneer immigrants to modern-day Americans seeking a simpler life. It is not possible within current resources to comprehensively provide a biography or profile on all the players, but I hope the story of the Uchida family will help to further enrich understanding of coffee grown in Kona, its roots, and what the industry is like today.

Japanese Immigrants and Daisaku Uchida

Daisaku Uchida was just one of the waves of Japanese immigrants who came to work on the sprawling sugar plantations. While Japanese immigration began in earnest in 1898, he did not arrive until 1912. By 1924, there were over 200,000 Japanese working in Hawaii.

Uchida's story is highlighted because the farm he built still stands today much the same as it was in 1926. It is now a "living history" farm operating in much the same way as it did under the auspices of the Kona Historical Society which restored and documented the history of the farm and the generations of the family that lived on it.

To learn more, read:

"Gourmet Kona Coffee Roots Go Deep Into Japan"

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