Hula Daddy Kona Coffee is Hawaii Island's Company of the Year.

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The Retail Merchants of Hawaii gave its prestigious Ho'okela Award for Retail Merchant of the Year to Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

The Retail Merchants of Hawaii awarded its prestigious annual Ho'oklea Award for Island of Hawaii Retail Merchant of the Year to Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

Clifton J. Handy, Business Banking Officer for First Hawaiian Bank in Kona, nominated Hula Daddy because of their contribution to agricultural tourism for the Island of Hawaii. "In the eleven years since Hula Daddy Kona Coffee was founded it has become one of the premier coffee plantations in Hawaii and has become a major tourist attraction in Kona. Handy wrote, also noting that Hula Daddy sell all of its coffee retail to visitors to the Big Island as well as to gourmet coffee lovers throughout the world.”

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee is a boutique coffee company growing, processing and roasting its own coffee in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It is owned by Karen and Lee Paterson, who bought a cow pasture in 2002, planted it and began to create high quality Kona Coffee. At their plantation they have a tasting room where visitors can taste their coffee. In addition, visitors are invited to tour the orchards, pick ripe coffee and help sort the ripe coffee. Hula Daddy only sells retail, roasted coffee at its plantation and on its website

Founded in 1901, Retail Merchants of Hawaii (RMH) is a statewide, not-for-profit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawaii. The RMH mission is to promote the welfare of the retail industry, to provide information and training to advance the interests of the retail industry, and to serve as an advocate for the retail industry in both the governmental and the business communities. The retail industry is the largest single generator of general excise tax revenue and employs almost 20% of the workforce in the State of Hawaii. Because effective interaction with government is critical to business, RMH is recognized as the official representative of the retail industry in Hawaii.

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