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HCCA Elects 2019-2020 Board Members; Officers

The following HCCA full members were elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year: Maria Carl-Rogers (21 Degrees Estate, O`ahu), Gunars Valkirs (Maui Ku`ia, Maui), Dan Corson, (Hamakua Farm, Hawai`i Island), Dylan Butterbaugh, (Manoa Chocolate, O`ahu)Susan Bassett (Mauna Kea Cacao, Hawai`i Island), Ben Field, (Field Nursery, O`ahu), Colin Hart (Hawai`i Island), Will Lydgate (Lydgate Farms, Kauai).   At the April 9th Board  Meeting, officers were elected.

Kona Coffee Farmers’ Labeling Woes: A Cautionary Tale for Hawaii Cacao Farmers

A recent story that’s making national news, which focuses on the trials and tribulations the Kona coffee industry faces due to labeling issues, caught my attention. Given the obvious parallels to the fledgling cacao industry here in Hawai‘i, the HCCA’s recent win in advocating for Hawaii-grown cacao/chocolate labeling cannot be understated!

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