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. The rich volcanic soils nurture the coffee trees.
Moki's farm comprises 2.1 acres. It has been a 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 during the late 1980s and the 1990s. The farm suffered from neglect and became overgrown and many of the coffee trees became diseased. 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.
The condition of the farm and trees at the time of purchase necessitated , the difficult decision to remove most of the existing trees and replant. However, approximately 50 trees that are over 100 years old were saved . Moki refers to these trees as "Madorie's Grove", in honor of the previous owner.
In 2001 900 new trees were planted. The trees are planted in the "new style" enabling weed control by mowing and easier harvesting.
Today both new and old trees are thriving and producing exceptional coffee. In it's first entry in the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, Moki's Farm received honorable mention.
The name Moki's Farm comes from a song that Vivian learned as a child in Hawaii in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state. The song tells about Moki bringing Hawaii's Aloha to the rest of the country. The "Moki song" became a fixture in the Rittenhouse family, sung on 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 web site.
In 2003 Moki's Farm produced it's first commercial crop which received Honorable mention at the 2003 Kona Coffee Festival cupping. Since that time Moki's has received numerous awards.