A Lingering Aroma

Aloha mai kākou E komo mai!

This week we have the absolute pleasure to sit down with the woman who makes all this possible, Keaka Perry. As the co-owner and visionary of Kopelani Wai she wants to utilize the business to bring life and educate people about her Hawaiian culture. Born and raised in Hawaii, she her goal is to deepen that connection with her Hawaiian heritage; It is for that reason Kopelani Wai is making it apart of our mission to learn more and educate others about Hawaiian culture and keeping the Olelo ( O-le loh) alive.

We brewed a fresh pot of her favorite Kopelani roast; Peaberry Dark, she loves that bean for its lack of acidity and smooth taste. As we began talking about her hanabaddah days(childhood) the rich aroma of the freshly brewed coffee reminded her of her father, and how he would always have a fresh pot of coffee going. Even though as a child she hated the taste of coffee, she loved the smell of it wafting through her childhood home. As she grew older, she became a leader in her father's youth ministry, and quickly realized caffeine's importance when working with youth.

Keaka and her father would get together to plan and prepare for youth group, and every so often they would meet and plan over a hazelnut latte and a black coffee. She cherished those small moments as it was one way of staying close with her dad between their busy lives.