Makahiki Farms 100% Kona Coffee is owned by Jonathan and Nancy Sechrist. Makahiki Farms began as a small farm in the district of South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The volcanic soil of the Kona Coast along with sunny warm mornings and cloudy damp afternoons are ideal for producing the best coffee in the world.
We purchased some vacant land on Makahiki Lane in 1999. The trees were planted in the Fall of 2000 to cover just under four acres. They were planted 6 feet apart in hedge rows that are 12 feet apart. Using the irrigation system and a commitment to quality, the orchard receives all the fertilizer and water necessary to grow big, high-quality coffee cherry. The Kona Coffee trees grow tall and healthy and live for many years, perhaps 100 years or more. We moved into our new home on the farm in the fall of 2005 and lived among the trees for more than 9 years. We did most of the work on the farm ourselves, mowing, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting and processing.
Ongoing Adventures in Coffee
In late 2014, we began our next adventure in Kona Coffee. We expanded our commitment to Kona and Hawaiian coffees by concentrating on the roasted coffee business. The farm was sold and we moved the roaster and internet business to Reno, Nevada. Nancy is the web master, book keeper, coffee roaster and shipper. Jonathan is the marketeer and helps package, box and transport as well. The raw coffee grown on our farm is shipped to us as well as other fine Kona and Hawaiian-grown coffees. We know great sources of high quality green coffee from farms that we trust and continue to cultivate our friendships and contacts in Hawaii so that we can provide a great product to you.
A couple folks have also wondered what we look like.
Yes, those are our two cats on the label. The label art was done by Karen Spachner, a Kona water color artist.
She incorporated 16-year-old Samantha (the calico on the lanai) and 3-year-old Sandy (the orange tabby on the steps) into the coffee shack scene. Karen does great work. You can see more at http://www.karenhawaiianart.com. Sadly, Samantha passed away in December 2004 and Sandy in March of 2013. They are greatly missed. Puakea ("white flower") is a nearly all white calico with a mind of her own. We also adopted a shelter dog and named her Penny. In May of 2011 our furry family grew again. Nancy found a scraggly kitten in the tall grass at the side of the road. She has recovered from her malnourishment and eye infection to become a beautiful black and white cat we've named Roxie. She loves Penny and the other cats, though we think they find her a bit annoying sometimes. In the Fall of 2012 we found a calico kitten in our garage. Of course we are turning into crazy cat people and couldn't just let this skinny cat fend for herself. We have named her Trixie and she looks very much like Samantha on our label. She and Roxie are great friends and Pua and Penny just put up with her.