Kona Coffee is the market name for coffee cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kona’s favorable weather conditions of sunny mornings, light cloud or rain in the afternoon, little wind and mild nights combined with porous, mineral rich volcanic soil – all create ideal coffee growing conditions. Kona Coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the entire world! However, only coffee beans grown in the Kona Districts can be described as “Kona”, although there are many imitators.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that Kona, Hawaii is a coffee lover’s paradise! A great local gem you’re going to want to stop in at, if you’re heading to Volcanoes National Park, is Kona Coffeehouse & Cafe in Honaunau. This little sand-alone restaurant can be found if you’re driving south along Highway 11/Mamaloa Highway (passed McDonald’s in Kealakekua and The Coffee Shack in Captain Cook) – you can’t miss it at the junction of the City of Refuge Road.
The cafe provides a laid back and friendly aloha spirited atmosphere with both patio and interior dining. Its menu includes tasty breakfast and lunch items including fresh baked goods and a full espresso bar serving 100% Kona Homestead Coffee.
The best part? Honaunau’s Kona Coffeehouse & Cafe makes the PERFECT iced coffee. How can it be so perfect you ask? Well, they provide a lovely feature that so few establishments actually offer–they use coffee ice cubes! Such a simple solution to watery iced coffee on a hot day, but so effective. Instead of sipping diluted java from the melted ice, your beverage remains just as strong as the initial sip.
The only downside is that they don’t provide liquid sugar…Alternatively, they do offer honey, but as you know, honey solidifies when you pour it into ice-cold beverages. Oh well, nothing’s entirely perfect. Check out Kona Coffeehouse & Cafe at Honaunau!