We appreciate our wonderful customers and want to share with you what they're saying about Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.
A visit to H Daddy was one of the highlights of our vacation. The property is gorgeous and the staff warm and welcoming. We were the only two people there and the girls have us a free private tour of the operation. It was magical to see a coffee tree with red fruits on it for the first time. They also showed us the toaster and briefly explained the process which was very interesting. Of course the coffee was amazing, but what I really enjoyed was the tea made from the coffee cherries! They have a great gift shop. The Hula Daddy hoodie I bought has me styling and profiling, it's my favorite!Michelle Porter 8/02/2022
If you are coming to Kona and want some local info, stop in here first. Great advice on where to grab local food. Stayed open so we could visit and didn't rush our experience. The coffee is amazing, grounds are beautiful, views are spectacular and a close trip from most of the resorts.Lucas Gilbert 6/30/2022
Laura welcomed my husband Steve n I with her bubbly charm that can easily light up the milky way leaving anyone in her path with a warm Hawaiian hug. When she recalled who my sisters are who had previously visited, I was impressed. ( I promise to remind Laurie to deliver a chocolate pie.) Karen was very kind and informative answering my aeronautical husbands inquisitive questions with her equally pleasant charm. Now the coffee. Wow and Oh Wow best Coffee I have ever tasted in my lifetime. Had visited 5 other coffee plantations that are extremely below attempting a comparison to Hula Daddy and the refined flavors combining cream and fruit and cocoa performing a graceful dance upon my palate. ( so smooth. No added cream required.) I'm 59, and I clasped my hands together in a Thankful Prayer to God for allowing my Ohana family to lead me to this Gem in the Kona hills overlooking the vast Pacific ocean. Thank You Laura and Karen as I look forward to advertising to everyone i know, this is the Best Coffee on planet Earth. Many Blessings on your continued success.
Michelle Mangalelli BSN.
We had a great time! The coffee was delicious. I actually like coffee with my sugar and creamer however, the "sweet" coffee was delicious as is. I live the passion that Karen and Laura demonstrated. They both know their beans. It's so easy to forget how labor intensive producing great coffee is.
Coming from California there is a coffee shop on ever corner so taking the time to visit the farm, hear the stories, and learn about the process of protecting and picking the beans helped me to can a deep appreciation for a good cup of Kona coffee.
Until we meet again Karen and Laura, mahalo and much success.
I love coffee, and while I'm largely ignorant of the process that brings it to my cup every day, I especially love Kona coffee. It was a dream come true to visit the region and learn from Karen and Laura about the prices of growing one of the highest rated coffee brands (not just Kona) in the world.
We did the tour, which is worth every penny, and learned about Karen's very intentional approach to growing the perfect Kona cherry. She and her team automate nothing. It's all laboriously driven by hand. That is amazing. It was also helpful to learn how this applies to the coffee growers and the means they use to create coffee en masse. Really... intentional might be the wrong word. Obsessive is probably more accurate.
After the tour, Laura, one of a handful of Coffee Q graders, allowed me to try the Red Bourbon variety and helped me better understand what flavors might better appeal to me in coffee. This is boutique coffee on a whole next level, so if you aren't interested in learning about the process or prepared to spend some serious money on beans, it's probably not for you. But my daughter, who isn't much of a true brewed coffee drinker, loved it and said it was really informative.
Fun tour at about 1500 feet, overlooking the Ocean, Beach and Kona area.
They fight off the goats and feral pigs and harvest some damn good coffee.
The ride up from the resort areas is fascinating in that we don't have roads at that angle in Illinois. Felt like we were going straight up at times
Recommended stop if you're on the Big Island.
It was a bit overwhelming to figure out what coffee farms to visit on the island, but thanks to the Reddit community we settled on visiting / buying from Hula Daddy Kona Coffee! We stopped by early in the morning to try some of their coffee and check out the beans. We didn't do a tour (we're pretty well versed in coffee farming/roasting), but we were able to enjoy a gorgeous view of the farm and the ocean in the background.
For tastings, we were able to try their Medium Roast Karen J Red Bourbon and their Dark Roast Karen J Red Bourbon Natural Process. It was our first time having a natural process coffee and despite being a dark roast... it was actually pretty fruit forward for a coffee. The medium roast was also good, not too harsh/burnt and well rounded for a coffee. You can enjoy the tastings on their front deck (they have rocking chairs) but we were allowed to enjoy them inside on the couch with the view.
The fiance is a huge coffee fanatic and this was the only place we ended up buying beans from. Kona coffe is quite expensive, but we felt like this was worth it. Make sure to check out when they're open as their days/hours are limited.
Finding the perfect cup of Kona coffee is a challenge - especially with what, 650 growers in Kona? We found Hula Daddy by chance and were lucky enough to grab tour slots given by Karen, one of the owners. The hour+ tour where we met the roaster/taster; learned about their history and how they grow their coffee, (incl. the challenges of coffee 'predators' like wild pigs and a rust that can kill the tree if not caught), was fascinating. We tasted an amazing variety called Red Bourbon in both medium and dark roast and it was surprising how literally minutes of roasting makes a huge difference in taste. (FYI - no bourbon is used, it's a variety of coffee plant). HDad is very highly rated - the official international rating organization has given them 95+ ratings on multiple varieties. Their beans are not inexpensive but if you appreciate truly great coffee, or want to learn how it's made and what it tastes like you will absolutely love Hula Daddy!Anne G. 1/28/2022
Not only is the coffee fantastic but we had a fun and informative tour. The owner personally provides the tour so if you're interested in the farming and making of coffee you can't get a better source than this. Plus, you get to drink their coffee the entire time which is a huge bonus!!Maria Leonardi 10/21/2021
We had a great tour with Karen (the farm owner), she really knows her stuff and definitely has an incredible drive to produce the BEST Kona coffee out there. She took us from the plant fields to the roaster to the shipping area, and it is all done by her incredible staff onsite. Highly recommended stop on the Big Island. Thank you so much!Leah Morris 9/24/2021
We had a great tour with Karen (the farm owner), she really knows her stuff and definitely has an incredible drive to produce the BEST Kona coffee out there. She took us from the plant fields to the roaster to the shipping area, and it is all done by her incredible staff onsite. Highly recommended stop on the Big Island. Thank you so much!Amelia B. 9/24/2021
I booked the coffee tour 1 month in advance and was so glad I did! Karen made sure the tour was kept small and personable. She was so knowlegdable and friendly and I loved hearing about the how HulaDaddy was started. As this was my first ever coffee tour I was blown away at how careful and precise they are from how they grow and pick their berries/beans to the roasting process all done in small batches from 1 machine! You better believe we left with some amazing coffee and have been enjoying it since returning home. For sure this was one of the highlights of my trip! I recommend taking the tour but if you can't then please check them out anyways they have a great front porch with free coffee samples and someone is always available to talk you through their various types of coffee.Emily Cao 8/18/2021
Had a great experience at Hula Daddy last time I was on the Big Island, but had the unfortunate experience of discovering that they are closed on the weekends! Ended up going further up the mountain for coffee as I was leaving that day, but really wanted Hula Daddy! I will be back next time I visit the Big Island, but will make sure I visit on a weekday! Co-owner Karen is so friendly and engaging; she even recommended other places to visit on the island. And their coffee is exceptional! Check their current hours and make sure to pay them a visit!Gary Chow 8/10/2021
Found this spot on Yelp and I was not disappointed! One of the owners, Karen, gave us our tour so it felt super personalized to us. We got to try coffee before and after the tour which was really a treat! I usually don't drink black coffee, but I enjoyed the unique flavors of the Hula Daddy coffee. We learned the history of the company and how the beans are grown, picked, and roasted. We even got to taste a cherry right off the tree. Really cool experience and I'd definitely recommend stopping by and supporting Hula Daddy.Sarah S. 8/05/2021