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Hawaiian Gifts for the Coffee Lover – Made in Hawaii Kona Coffee

“The call for Kona coffee, which is said to be inferior to none in the world, is much greater than for any other kind, and it is a thousand pities, that beautiful district does not send more to market.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1854

The Best Coffee in the World

For over a century Hawaii Kona coffee has been known as the best coffee in the world.  Only coffee beans from the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii may be legally labeled “Kona coffee”.  In 1828 Samuel Reverend Ruggles brought Brazilian cuttings of Coffea arabica to Hawaii; Hawaii’s first coffee plant. Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated well over 1,000 years ago.

What’s so special about Kona?

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Hawaii Children’s Books for Toddlers – Favorites

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
~ Emilie Buchwald

When my 2 year old son asks me to read a story over and over as he perches in my lap, I call it the “downloading” phase. After he’s done “downloading” he will often sit independently and recite his version of the book to himself. Observing this practice is one of my great joys. Several of his favorite books are written by Hawaii authors and printed in Hawaii and it is my pleasure to share them with you.

Our Favorite Hawaii Children’s Books

Animals Sing Aloha Hawaii Childrens Book

Animals Sing Aloha


by Vera Arita
Illustrated by Ron Louie

This is a very interactive book that teaches reading and writing the alphabet. The author specifically designed this book to introduce young children to phonics. As we sing through the song we trace the letters. My son often recognizes the birds or gecko that we see around the island. The illustrations are vibrant and fun, similar to an Eric Carle book. As a parent, I feel that this is one of the best local books out there; educational AND fun!
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