The Hawaii State Legislature - at the request of the Honolulu 10% Blenders and their allies - appears almost certain to pass House Bill No. 280. This measure would repeal the mandatory system of inspection and certification of Hawaii-grown coffee that was put in place after the Kona Kai coffee counterfeiting scandal of the mid-1990s.
The current mandatory system has been successfully administered by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for more than a decade.  This system has provided a measure of assurance as to the origin and quality of Hawaii-grown coffee to buyers throughout the world.
The arguments of the Blenders in support of HB280 are particularly unconvincing and raise questions as to motive.
Please join the Kona Coffee Farmers Association and the appreciators of Hawaii-grown coffee in petitioning Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to veto this bill!