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  • 10 Feb 2021 8:45 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is %wwJAWd6 

    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.


    WEDNESDAY, February 3, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 




    o   HDOA


          Due to rain, surveys have slowed, restarted across the state this week

          Maunawili- tightened protocol in regards to sanitation

          Surveyed two other sites on Oahu and both negative

          No significant changes on other islands

          Lanai has been officially confirmed

          Official confirmation for Oahu is in process

           Role of HDOA 

          2 FTEs places CLR on a lower priority for HDOA than needed

          Regulatory issue - HDOA and PPQ play a big role in

          Mid term and long term - given lack of money, HDOA should have a larger role but lacks funding and support

          Lead coordinator in CLR efforts 

    o   Asked Senate in testimony for lead Coordinator (State and Federal level) for CLR task - Issue a contract for HDOA 

          Asking for meeting notes from APHIS and HDOA

           Emergency Declaration

           Section 18 leadership

          Reporting requirements & template

          Enforcement requirements and protocols

          Enhanced outreach and education plan relating to the Section 18

          John McHugh waiver

           Update re PBARC amended quarantine conditions: Next week

    o   HCGA

           Section 18 Application Update

          Draft complete by McHugh and delivered by Scott Enright

          Remaining items: receivables from HDOA (enforcement protocol and outreach) and from BASF (manufacturer) - hope to have this itemized list finalized this week after meeting this week


    o   USDA


          Testing resistance of varietals already growing in Hawaii

    o   Tupi and Obata seedlings - will be lab testing shortly (within the month)


    o   Still waiting on the race of CLR we have

           Possibly general race 2

    o   Working with perdue on genome testing to determine general location that CLR came from

          CLR Survey update in PDF

    o   Makalei to South Kona - found that out of those 25 lots, 17 were positive, avg was 3-5% 

           APHIS role

          Strategic Plan to control Coffee Leaf Rust in Hawaii

    o   Funding for CLR coordinator 

           No APHIS funding at this time, will have to come from congress

    o   Implementation

    o   Support for task 9 - econ analysis by PBARC

    o   Import CLR resistant varieties into Hawaii

           Tracie submitted request 4 weeks ago and needs HDOA to act on this ASAP


    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.

  • 09 Feb 2021 8:21 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    What’s at Stake: The Loss of Hawaii’s Coffee Industry, A Major Economic Driver

    As growers of the #2 crop in the State, we are just under 1,500 strong who tend more than 10,000 (i) acres. The value of our coffee is second only to Hawaii’s seed crops . For the 2019-2020 season, Hawaii’s unroasted coffee was valued at $102.91 million (ii), while its roasted value was more than (iii) $148.48 million .

    Now, we’re facing the most destructive coffee disease in the world: Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR), a fungus that can kill an entire farm in a matter of weeks. Annually, CLR causes $3 billion in damage and lost income around the world.

    In Hawaii, the stakes are higher than elsewhere. While most other coffee-growing regions have planted rust-resistant varieties, all of the ones commercially grown in Hawaii are not resistant. And the best fungicides used to fight this disease have not been approved here.

    CLR has been found and is spreading rapidly on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu and Lanai. Its spores are spread by wind, workers, rain, equipment and tourists. As a result, farmers are facing defoliation and a loss of yield up to 70% or more.

    To help save our industry, as well as the communities and families that depend on it, we need State, Federal and private support and we need it NOW.

    Without action, we stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in Hawaii’s economy – a contribution that far exceeds the value of the beans themselves. To grow our coffee, we hire thousands of workers and buy from local industries such as transportation and vendors of agricultural supplies. This so-called “downstream economic impact” is valued at about $211 (iv) million.

    Then there is the “upstream economic impact” of Hawaiian coffee, which is unquantified. Compared to most other crops grown here, coffee offers two advantages: 1) Its worldwide popularity boosts the tourism potential of events such as the Kona Coffee Festival. 2) It is shelf stable. That makes Hawaiian coffee a major attraction for the souvenir market, drawing tourists to shops, cafes and agritourism operations statewide. In turn, these visitors create more worldwide demand for Hawaiian coffee once they return home. For example, foreign exports of coffee from Hawaii, valued at $9.20 million (v) in 2019, are an ongoing international advertisement for the Hawaii islands.

    The economic losses from CLR would have an outsized impact in rural areas, where few other industries exist. Remember the collapse of the local sugar industry? We can expect similar results: dramatically increasing unemployment – especially of historically underserved and minority populations – accompanied by increasing crime and drug use. Not to mention the harm to almost 200 years of coffee-growing history and the cultural heritage of our islands.

    What We Need:

    • Statewide approval of the most effective CLR fungicides, and subsidies for famers to purchase them.

    • Support for development of the best CLR-management strategies in Hawaii, as well as support to educate farmers of them.

    • Support for research of the best CLR resistant varieties that will maintain the quality of Hawaii coffees. Also support for the importation, propagation and distribution of CLR- resistant varieties, including expanded plant-quarantine facilities. (This is a 5-10 year project.)

    • Support for farmers to replace their existing fields with rust-resistant varieties.

    • Support for other ways to build capacity and resilience within farm communities.


    • Chris Manfredi, President, Hawaii Coffee Association

    • Suzanne Shriner, Administrator, Synergistic Hawaii Ag Council


    i $54.3 million for Coffee vs $109.5 million for Seed Crops (including seed corn), in 2019. Source: State of HI, HDOA Market Analysis and News Branch “Top 20 Agricultural Commodities Produced: State of Hawaii, 2019.”

    ii 2019-2020 season, pounds of utilized production (green beans) x price per pound: 5,120,000 pounds x $20.10/pound = $102.91 million. Source: USDA-NASS. Jan 2021. “Coffee”. -01-26-2021.pdf

    iii This is a wholesale roasted estimate of the value of the 2019-2020 season crop, priced at $29.00 per pound: 5,120,000 pounds x $29.00/pound = $148.48 million. The $29.00/pound is an average statewide value that takes into account the lower wholesale prices of mechanically harvested coffee (Kauai, Oahu and Maui beans) and the higher prices of hand-harvested beans (Kona, Ka‘u).

    iv Using multiplier of 2.05, applied to the 2019-2020 season value of the State’s green beans: $102.91 million x 2.05 = $210.97 million. Multiplier from correspondence between HDOA chair P. Shimabuku and USDA Secretary S. Perdue, dated November 19, 2020.

    v $5.33 million in roasted coffee from Hawaii + $3.87 million in unroasted coffee from Hawaii. Source: USDA Global Agricultural Trade System. 2019 data.

  • 08 Feb 2021 8:52 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    The following Job Announcement has been posted by USDA:

    AgencyFarm Service Agency

    Title County Program Technician

    Pay Plan-Series-Grade: CO-1101-4/5/6/7

    Announcement Number FSACO-11022426-21-HI-AG

    Open Period:  8 February 2021 to 22 February 2021

    Duty Locations:   Hilo, Hawaii

    Who May Apply:  This position is open to all US Citizens and US Nationals. 

    Direct Link to Announcement:

  • 28 Jan 2021 7:53 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Learn How to Spray Legally & What to Spray:

    • How to read the spray product label
    • How to stay safe with PPE & REIs
    • Protecting your workers
    • How to calculate copper spray amounts
    • When to spray copper, biologicals, or Beauveria bassiana
    • When to combine spray products

    Cal Westergard of HDOA - Slides

    Andrea Kawabata of CTAHR - Slides

    Webinar Video Recording

  • 28 Jan 2021 7:49 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is Z^k9R!Fe 

  • 21 Jan 2021 7:33 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    The HCA, Synergystic Hawaii Agricultural Council (SHAC) and the Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) held the first-ever Taiwan Virtual Coffee Mart in mid-November.

    The event connected HCA members with members of the Taiwan coffee industry.  More than 30 coffee professionals attended on location in Taipei to learn about Hawaii’s distinct growing regions, diverse coffee varietals and innovative processing methods.  The event succeeded in showcasing both Hawaii's historical coffee tradition and a sense of growth and dynamism that mirrors the growing worldwide specialty coffee industry.  

    The event was part of the Market Access Program (MAP) grant that the HCA, via SHAC, has been granted to explore and grow exports of Hawaiian coffee to our target markets of Taiwan, China & Hong Kong.   We will continue to keep you updated on the MAP marketing events planned for 2021 and beyond.

    Here is the link to the Youtube copy of the 2020 Virtual Trade Show.

    Ralph Gaston
    HCA Representative for SHAC

  • 20 Jan 2021 4:41 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please print and distribute this poster in your community. Click here for the PDF version.

  • 20 Jan 2021 4:30 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please click here to see the PDF file with details about the CFAP 2 - Round 2 program. Click here to get help applying.

  • 18 Jan 2021 4:37 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is c=u#u&8t

    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.


    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 




    o   HDOA


          No new infestation zones

          Increase in spread in known zones

          Anticipate new rust expression in coming weeks

          Lanai sample will be confirmed by early next week


          Radio ads

           Emergency Declaration / Section 18

          If organic farmers do not have the emergency declaration permitting use of Preaxor farmers will not be able to use the fungicide spray in the time frame that Sec 18 is permitted and possibly would lose certification 

          DoA: Please speak with Governor about permitting emergency declaration

    o   HCGA

           Section 18 Application

          Meeting with BASF, draft for section 18 is complete. Now waiting for information from manufacturer - efficacy studies, environmental info, impact to endangered species

          Issues: if we are ready to take draft and submit to EPA, they will be ready to review quickly and grant crisis exemption 

          We need certain things from HDOA: Enforcement protocol, record keeping information looks like, needs to be disseminated to growers, increase / enhanced outreach

          We need to be ready as we only have 15 days to spray. Reluctant to submit a final draft to EPA if we are not ready to get the “best bang for our buck”.

          No applicator license will be needed for spraying Preaxor once sect. 18 is granted

           Specific Exemption

          If crisis exemption is pushed back so will specific exemption. Will take about 6 weeks likely and will have one year to apply Preaxor with the opportunity to extend into another year.


          Chris will send an email to Phyllis at HDOA with specific asks from the department for Sect. 18 Application

    o   USDA


          Testing fungicides

    o   All look promising so far

          Testing resistance of varietals already growing in Hawaii

    o   Protocol in place for doing so 


    o   Tracy working on getting permit amended for WCR plants

    o   Observations on CLR rate - well managed farms are not showing incidents of heavy impact from CLR

    o   Awaiting results on race identification

    o   Surveyed 12 farms in Kona and 50% have been positive so far, 1-2% incidents up to 30%. USDA will release a survey next week.

           Farms owned by older growers that have infestations are not being treated due to inability to get out into the fields and relying on farm managers

          Language barrier, need to work on IPM recommendations into actions, bridge gap between farm owners and workers

          Management of feral coffees - Invasive Species and Watershed Partnerships have a lot of experience and could be a valuable asset in controlling

    o   Lisa will reach out.

           Road sign signage?

           APHIS role

          Strategic Plan to control Coffee Leaf Rust in Hawaii

    o   Funding

    o   Implementation

    o   Importing Plant materials 

           Prioritizing varietals

           APHIS permits

    o   UH CTAHR

           Education - Short term response; IPM

          CBB workshop Jan 27, 28 and Feb 29. Registration online at

          HCA can host webinars

           Communication – in partnership with HDOA and private industry

          Poster is approved will be emailed out to this group and ask to circulate and print copies in your network

    o   Will have it translated

    o   Can we have it resigned into a trifold to distribute to mills 

          Pruning pub for CLR and CBB - in the works. Contact Andrea if you have any questions now.

          Getting acreage by tomorrow and relaying to Kimo

           Grant applications

           Private fundraising

           IR-4 Pesticides

    o   HARC

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