Location of Moki's Farm
Moki’s Farm is located in the town of Captain Cook on the
west coast of the island of Hawaii. Captain Cook is in the heart
of the Kona coffee belt. Moki’s Farm, at 2000 ft, is a “mauka
farm”, located on the upper or mountain side of the highway
that transects the Kona coffee belt. The elevation at Moki’s
assures the ideal amount of rain to water the coffee and sun to
ripen and later dry the coffee; while the rich volcanic soils nurtures
the coffee trees.
History of the farm
Moki’s farm comprises 2.1 acres. It has been a small privately
owned family operated coffee farm for over 100 years. Its pervious
owners first farmed it as lessees and later were able to buy the
farm. Unfortunately the widow of the coffee farmer was not able
to maintain the farm and during the late 1980s and the 1990s the
farm suffered from neglect and became overgrown and many of the
coffee trees became diseased.S3 Purchased by Vivian and Roger
In January of 2000, Vivian and Roger Rittenhouse purchased the farm
realizing their dream to own property in Hawaii and become part
of its diverse culture and economy. Vivian grew up in Hawaii, on
the island of Oahu. Roger is a biologists who grew up in a farming
family in southern California. Vivian and Roger share a love for
Hawaii and for horticulture.
Moki’s Farm Today
Because of the condition of the farm and trees at the time of purchase,
the Rittenhouses made the difficult decision to remove most of the
existing trees and replant. They were however, able to save approximately
50 trees that are a 100 years older and older. They refer to these
trees as “Madorie’s Grove, in honor of the pervious
owner. At sometime in the future the Rittenhouses plan to offer
Madorie’s coffee as a special product.
In 2001 the Rittenhoues planted 900 new trees. The trees are planted
in the “new style” enabling weed control by mowing and
easier harvesting for the pickers. Today both new and old trees
are thriving and producing exceptional coffee. In it first entry
in the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Moki’s farm
received honorable mention.
Who is Moki?
The name Moki’s Farm comes from a song that Vivian learned
as a child in Hawaii in 1959. 1959 was the year Hawaii became a
state. The song was about Moki and how he would bring Hawaii’s
aloha to the rest of the country.
The “Moki song” became a fixture in the Rittenhouse
family, sung on long car trips, camping trips and to the children.
When the farm was purchased the name Moki’s Farm seemed natural.
Hear the song now!
Moki’s Farm sells Estate Coffee. Estate Coffee is the product
of one farm, unmixed with coffee from other farms. Estate coffee
is grown, processed and roasted under the control of the estate
farm. Estate coffee is unique to an individual farm. Estate coffee
is comparable to estate wines, which are also the unique product
of one farm.
The Kona Coffee Council manages the Kona coffee Estate farm Program.
For more information go to the Councils
You can find this and more information at Moki's
Farm web site