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Topic: Tour of Kona farms (11 msgs / 393 lines)
1) From: Clifton Burkett
I am in planning mode for possible vacation locations. I'll probably be
taking a vacation this fall. I was wondering if anyone has any
recommendations of coffee plantations in Hawaii that gives tours. What is
the best time of the year to take a tour?
Thanks,
Clif and Odie the Corgi - SomeWhere in Florida

2) From: Wandering John
Do a search on Kona Festival - It is in November - worth the trip - lots 
of baking with Kona - parades -etc. 
On Saturday 15 May 2004 08:00 pm, Clifton Burkett wrote:
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3) From: Robert Hayes
Hi, Clif
You may be interested in visiting Cathy and Marin Artukovich  at their 
Koa Coffee Plantation
in Captain Cook,  Big Island Kona district. They have an on-line request 
template for private
tours at their website: http://www.koacoffee.comThe S.F. Chronicle had an article about the farm in Friday's paper. Take 
a look.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/05/11/national0131EDT0412.DTL*$*$*$ is selling Kona beans for $35 a pound.
Aloha,
Bob Hayes
San Francisco
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4) From: Clifton Burkett
Thanks, I just found a bit of Baba's beans left over while doing =
inventory.
Definitely the last of my supply. Baba's makes a very good straight =
espresso
shot, and coffee from the French press. Be interesting to see the place =
the
beans come from!
Clif and Odie the Corgi - SomeWhere in Florida

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
This may have already been suggested while I've been offlist, since you're
planning to go in the Fall I'd highly suggest going during the Kona Cultural
Festival in November.http://www.konacoffeefest.com/Lots of Kona koffee related stuff including the cupping competiton, farm and
mill tours, parades etc. Our first two visits to the Big Island were during
the Festival, great experiences await!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

6) From: Mike McGinness
Just an FYI, Baba's Beans Koa Coffee and Merle & Kathy Wood's Captain Cook
Estate are neighboring farms. (Wood's doesn't have a website, marketed soley
through Pele Plantations. Another great place to visit with a view to die
for!)
You also might want to get a hold of Rita Cowell at Kowali farms. (Tom
carries her Kona now and then, including her Jamaica Blue Mountain seedstock
Kona)
Greenwell Farms and Mill is right on the highway and good place to tour
too...
And then there's Kona Premium Coffee Company, a way cool high tech
processing approach that got them into the finals their first time entering
last year...
If you're really daring you might schedule a visit with Donna at
PurpleMountain Kona, another one Tom routinely carries. The long "road" up
the hillside to her place is really just a (rough) jeep trail!
Or or or...
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

7) From: Clifton Burkett
Thanks for the info! Assuming I get the system upgrades done at work by =
fall
I would like to take a tour of a few Hawaii farms. I have never been to
Hawaii yet. I haven't totally ruled out Costa Rica yet either. Course =
I'm a
diabetic and I always worry about carrying a bag of syringes and small =
vials
filled with clear liquid in other countries!
Clif and Odie the Corgi dog - SomeWhere in Florida

8) From: Sue Stevenson
My mom and my brother are diabetic and both went to Costa Rica with me last year. They didn't have any trouble although I know they were worried (especially my mom) about losing/breaking their insulin vials. Make sure you carry enough insulin and supplies in two separate spots - one set kept with you at all times. Don't forget to bring  a copy of a prescription just in case. It should make it easier for a local doctor to write a new one for you should you need it.  My mom uses an insulin pump and made sure she brought supplies and meds to give it by injection also just in case something happened to her pump.  
 
My brother did have a little trouble the first few days with regulating his blood sugars. It was so hot and humid there, and he was on the go all the time. He is an active person anyway, but everythng was so fascinating, we hardly stopped. Hiking through the jungle, walking on the beach, night hikes to find giant sea turtles, you name it! Just be sure to bring more glucose testing supplies than you ever think you'll need so you can keep a real close eye on it. And extra glucose tabs! 
 
I'm sure it's probably easier in the bigger cities. We were mostly in little towns with no pharmacy or medical care at all. Hose, Limon, and the other larger cities are well equipped.  Being an ER nurse and a mother, I probably over prepared! I brought everything but the kitchen sink! Complete first aid kit including epinephrine for allegic reactions! I had never been out of the country before, can you tell! Sue
Clifton Burkett  wrote:
Thanks for the info! Assuming I get the system upgrades done at work by fall
I would like to take a tour of a few Hawaii farms. I have never been to
Hawaii yet. I haven't totally ruled out Costa Rica yet either. Course I'm a
diabetic and I always worry about carrying a bag of syringes and small vials
filled with clear liquid in other countries!
Clif and Odie the Corgi dog - SomeWhere in Florida

9) From: leslee berringer
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Hi Clifton,  Both sound wonderful to me!  You probably have thought of =
this, but considering today's emphasis on security, you may wish to =
carry a note from your doctor indicating your need for this due to =
diabetes and then call you airline and find out who will be supervising =
at the time you depart so they can assist you in getting through =
security.  Also, ask them if they would not mind writing you a note to =
accompany your return trip, especially if you should choose Costa Rica. 
Bon Voyage!
Leslee Berringer

10) From: Clifton Burkett
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My first five year with McDonnell Douglas I had the opportunity to live =
in
Europe. England, Belgium, West Germany and Sicily. I'm used to =
traveling,
but never to Hawaii or Costa Rica. I think you have to work hard at it =
to be
over prepared medically! My cousin just sent me a tow sack from the Koa
coffee plantation. I could put my whole coffee stash in this thing and =
still
have room left over! I do want to go to Costa some day too, I'll =
probably
contact their tourist bureau and see what they suggest about tours of =
coffee
plantations. So many places so little time.
 
Clif and Odie the Corgi - SomeWhere in Florida

11) From: Sue Stevenson
All that travel sounds so wonderful. Now if I could just find a way to give up my job and have the $$$ for traveling.....................
Clifton Burkett  wrote:. So many places so little time.
 
Clif and Odie the Corgi - SomeWhere in Florida 
 


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