We are a multi-generational family farm! Bill and Diane own the original farm. Suzanne owns her own farm nearby and manages both farms as one unit. Bill Jr. helps with the ever-ongoing farm construction/repair activities. Barbara and Ken have both left us now, but many of our visitors may remember “Gram” from our phone line and “Gramps” if they took a tour.
About the FarmKona Coffee tree in bloom, “Kona Snow”
We are a 15-acre working farm in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. We currently have 10 acres of coffee, and 5 acres of macadamia nuts, both of which we sell commercially.
In addition, we grow numerous tropical and subtropical fruits including papaya, guava, mango, pineapple, oranges, coconut, banana, jaboticaba, passion fruit, rambutan, longan, soursop, avocado, wi fruit, blood orange, Kau orange, tangelo, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, atemoya, jabon (Chinese grapefruit), cinnamon, clove, lychee, Dorsett apple, surinam cherry, plum and starfruit. These are grown for our personal enjoyment and are not sold commercially.
We also have many tropical decorative plants as well, including bromeliad, fascinating heliconias, several varieties of ginger, anthuriums, orchids, bird of paradise, plumerias, pointsettias, jasmine (pikake), bamboo, tube rose, many varieties of palm, ti, croton, angel trumpet flower, diffenbachia, scheleria, bougainvilla, gardenia, cycads, and hibiscus.
Coffee has been farmed at Lions Gate for over a century and we process our coffee in the original mill that dates to the 1942. We frequently find antique bottles and cultural relics that date back to the late 1800’s and beyond. In addition there are rock mounds running from the mountain to the sea that were a part of the ancient Hawaiian Ahupua’a farm system. This area of Honaunau has been farmed for hundreds of years!
We give complimentary tours of the farm if you are in the Kona area and wish to see how your coffee and mac nuts are grown. Please call Diane at 808-328-2335 or email for an appointment. Or just drop by the main farm at Mile Marker 105 on Highway 11, about 20 minutes south of Kailua-Kona town. We are usually available, but we are a working farm, so if you are making a special trip just to see us, please call ahead.