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HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii coffee farmers have filed a lawsuit against major retailers after scientific tests confirm Kona coffee is mislabeled as authentic.

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Hawaii’s coffee farmers have failed again to gain additional protections for their crop. It is a recurring issue during each year’s legislative session, which has consistently failed to gain traction.

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Coffee farmers on the Kona Coast are seeing harvests with as much as a 40% reduction in crop yields. It's been a year filled with natural disasters and many farmers are just now learning the effect that all of the hurricanes, floods, and volcanic activity had on their crops. Many cite the heavy emissions of sulfur dioxide and ash from Kilauea volcano as the main culprit for the lackluster growing season.

The Conversation: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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Republican Tax Plan Advances; Johnson Amendment Repeal; Prosecuting Agricultural Theft on Hawaii Island; Habitat Zone for False Killer Whales

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Agriculture theft has been a problem on Hawaii Island for decades.  From a South Kona farmer whose coffee beans have repeatedly been stolen off her trees to the recently created position of County Agriculture Crimes Investigator, this series explores the people impacted by agriculture theft across Hawaii Island. 

The Conversation: Monday, November 27th, 2017

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Big Island Coffee Bean Theft; Increase in Waikiki Violence; Public Sector UnionsMy Mother Said, Watch Out for Those French Girls

The Conversation: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act; Arab/Palestinian Issues Scholar; Hawaii Foodbank; 47th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; Brooklyn Raga Massive

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Hawaiʻi’s oldest food festival is celebrating its 46th anniversary next month in Kona.

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Coffee farmers in Kona are challenging the labeling laws for their products. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association has sent out a petition to support Hawaii County resolution 501-14.  Advocates want the minimum percentage of Kona coffee changed to 51%.  Currently, blended coffee must have a minimum of 10% of beans sourced locally to carry the “Kona” name.