Off on a Lion Kona Coffee rampage, “a rigorous trip up the mountain of life” we traveled to Kona. Our first house was a rental. It was a nice little three bedroom house high on the mountainside’s east face overlooking Hilo Valley and bay. My YouTube to page still has a video of our first resident’s amazing long winding tropical driveway with lots of coffee trees.
Coffee has an unforgettable Kona Flavor
From there I went back to school. In fact the reason I moved to this particular island was for the purpose of isolation; I could return to the university with minimum of distractions and I felt I was going to need be in need of lion kona coffee for those long study nights. This house was inconveniently located for school. To encourage the youth of Hawaii to attend college there are a large number of incentive programs some even sponsored by my favorite Lion Coffee Beans. One of those Lion programs made it possible for me to live in the dorms bill free and that saved a large amount of money. My freshman year was on campus and let me tell you it was a fabulous time. One complaint: the University, do to cost will not let you put in window air conditioning and I’m not Lion there aren’t any. To hot for man on top!
Lion Coffee Radio for Life
While at orientation there was a booth for the campus radio station, University Radio Hawaii. Speaking “all jack-up on lion” with one of the radio personality that was working the booth, I decided I might be good at it and in the worst case scenario, I would learn to speak better. It could have been the coffee that clouded my thinking. I signed up took a couple of late night coffee inspired training classes (more Lion Coffee) they offered and became a DJ. One of the perks was every two weeks there is a themed dance party put on musically by the DJ’s of the radio program. This was an excellent social opportunity and I met the lion’s share of great friends, found some great study partners including an honorable mention for a graduate student and Mensa member that taught me some great study habits. While I don’t believe I was a very good DJ; I was able to accomplish two things. First, I was able to create a rock and roll format that became beloved across the campus. The second, I became the best PSA announcer “not necessarily a good thing” everyone wanted me to prerecord their public service announcements in my voice so they could just hit the button and play them back on air. It consisted of the top 100 current hard rock songs and I was lucky enough to win several awards for. I like to give credit where credit is due so I must tell you without fresh ground coffee beans I wouldn’t have made it through the many long nights it took to study for classes and/or create a 4hr radio program for each day.
Where for art thou Coffee Beans
I won’t get into the Lion size details of all the stories; I will tell you there were a couple lives saved literately and it turns out my favorite class is/was environmental chemistry #320 where I met my beautiful third wife in my fourth year. Somehow I seem to be lucky and find the smart ones. That’s enough about college because I could go on typing funny stories happily inhaling my Lion for hours. I only spent the first year in the dorm, eating campus cafeteria food.
Second year I move to a beautiful little community about 20 miles west of Hilo Hawaii called VOLCANO. This was a large estate rented by a group of frat brothers to which I gave my loyal pledge of allegiance. It was the beautiful three story home with my room above everything on the third floor, the penthouse bedroom. The rent was $2800 a month and the young men were looking for someone to sign the lease with good credit. So for $500 a month and pledge/signing a Lion’s portion of my life away, I had a sweet glass shower separate Jacuzzi hot –tub with separate restroom with my first bidet and separate vanity (whole other room) area plus 2 walk-in closets which were larger than my privet dorm-room. This was high rolling at its best! Beautiful 15 acres with the first five acres landscape and it came with a Holstein bull that roamed the fenced back 10 acres free as a bird. Two acre stocked fish pond and when I say stocked I mean loaded two and 3 pound fish all day. It took longer to heat the grill up to cook them, than it did to catch them. It also had four beautiful 20’ x 40’ greenhouses which I immediately instructed their transformation and after about 60 days we had plenty fruits, vegetables even full heads of lettuce. We had most everything you can get at the store except for Coffee and meats. I better stop before this starts to sound like bragging because it’s not meant to.
Coffee makes for Great Holiday Gifting
School was heavy work load, a great deal of study, many firsts, a few bad decisions, a fair amount of luck, great Professors and a truly outstanding school. Here we are again as I’m giving credit to each of the things I believe too be tied to my success at the University of Hawaii. I keep thinking of all the coffee I drank regularly to make it through the four hardest years of my life. The schedule was pretty easy, started at 6:00 AM no matter how late I stayed up. Our alarm was the coffee grinder/auto brewed the best Lion coffee beans. We didn’t a wake to the sound of coffee beans grinding, we woke to the realm of Lion’s coffee aroma.
Buy Coffee Beans local Hawaii
There were several cherry heavy coffee trees on our property. It was decided like Lion we would harvest some coffee beans. We (all eight of us) did some YouTube research found a few how to roast your own coffee videos. Frat brothers are always extremely competitive so each of us studied separately and each of us roasted are own coffee beans in a small friendly competition. We had a lot of fun; made the house delightful chocolate fragrance and we saved money. Now I admit it was not as good as Lion coffee but the Hawaiian beans from our side of the island were fairly tasty, which for us was amazing with no roasting experience. With a little practice each of us became a pretty good barista.
Toasted Coconut Coffee
Well that carries us through November. We had a special Christmas planned that culminated with the purchase of three lambs. We raised them for about six months so we could serve young lamb to our families that would be coming here to celebrate Christmas with us. The property had a 4 x 10 walk-in smokehouse which we had been practicing using for the previous six months. Note: We paid to have them professionally dressed. Needless to say we had about 30 amazing people to share a meal – Coffee and a fine Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas) with.
Then there’s not much detail like most students we consumed an abundance of Kona Coffee then studied late. The next real fun thing to tell you about was the first spring break trip to Maui and man do they have some beautiful girls and a great nightlife on Maui. Each year the Maui state fair coincides with spring break so we got to enjoy the state fair also. We stayed at the Hilton on the west shore, didn’t see Paris. We rented some kind of very nice new (8 miles on it) Chrysler van and discovered quickly that driving and watching dvds is not a good idea. Two other highlights that I should mention are Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Popeye’s Chicken. While we all got laid the daily doughnuts and chicken was definitely the best highlight of the trip.
Coffee without Doughnuts, What!
Unfortunately most restaurants were serving coffee from Africa. You know what we did; we went and bought some Lion coffee because doughnuts and Lion coffee beans are the most beautiful marriage Hawaii has to offer. An interesting highlight of Kahului Maui was so whole foods store, I know strange. The buffet was half the size of Wal-Mart and they must have had 50 different Coffee brands on the shelf. It’s Saturday morning and we are meeting my friend the owner of Cutco/Vector Marketing which lives here on Maui. He gave us the grand tour. I think we ate at 4 restaurants, each 150.00 a plate, (must be nice to have all that money I remember thinking). The fair was like most fairs and Hawaii has smaller rides with a lot of games but mostly just people talking story.
Are we out of Kona Coffee
It was a morning of the third day and we were out of coffee. We don’t really know the island that well so we drove all the way across to the other side, which is the main town where everything’s really is and we found a coffee house that sold our favorite brand, Lion Kona Coffee. After we made a standard Krispy Kreme and coffee run also carrying with us the coffee maker from the Hilton, we drove out south of Kahului to one most famous beaches in the world; plugged in to the pavilion area, ground our coffee beans and brewed it right there Oceanside while chewing on hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts fresh off the conveyor belt. I remember looking out at the ocean at all the beauty and thinking how lucky I was to have good friends and to have a way more sugar than I needed with the best coffee in the world. We arrived on Thursday Evening News, it’s now Saturday night we decided to go bar hopping something I had never done. We hopped three bars and found out one of my brothers was an excellent pool player and at one point I had to save him as he was competing with some very large Samoan brothers that did not like being upstaged by a young boy. I told a story about someone outside taking a sledgehammer to a Harley in an attempted to get my friend to go outside. They then invited my into a barbecue to which he obviously was going to be on the grill. Needless to say I got my friend out of there quickly. We decided that maybe dance clubs were a little more our stile for what we had in mind.
High Life Sober Drinking Great Coffee
We hopped ourselves up on high caffeine coffee and began dance club hopping until we found one not far from our Hilton that was really live. In fact when we arrived on Sunday night the doorman offered up VIP passes which entitled us to several free drinks among other special things. I think we spend $1000 the night before which is not that much money with eight guys on Spring Break. I think we spent more on Lion. As a matter of course I would not let the guys rest at the young dance clubs. The first two were very young teenybopper crowds; you know 18 to 21 that really wasn’t my scene in my late thirties, so I gently moved us (with secret inside information from my friend age 43 Dave, Cutco’s owner) till we arrived at the third place which was more of the 25 to 40 year old dance club. All my frat brothers thought it sucked, they even stayed in the van drinking coffee; let’s not sugarcoat it. It was a smorgasbord of nature’s most beautiful creations to me. We left that night to go back to the hotel with two of us riding on the roof rack so the girls all could ride inside. Needless to say no one got out of bed before about 3:00pm the next afternoon! There were a lot of quite thumbs up for me the next evening.
I was trying to think of some of the other things we did while we’re on the island but the reality is, we all stayed in our hotel rooms with the girls we met at the club and a lot of room service. Saw them once in a while in the hotel hallway. It’s just like in Vegas; whatever happens on Maui stays on Maui. We flew back the following Sunday afternoon; we were sore and worn out but each of us was smiling from ear to ear. I was, Hero for a day!
Drinking Lion Kona by the Pitcher
Back to the grind and you know the time, finals! We all promised to do the same thing next Spring-Break and we did. I won’t tell you the story of the second spring break on Maui. I will say it was even more fun than the first one. If you ever get the chance to enjoy the nightlife of Maui Hawaii; make it happen. Well that get the first year school out of the way. It was pretty exciting the second year with less time spent on learning good study habits and more free time to be a guy. Our yearly frat party on Maui has grown over the years to a few hundred pledges. May each of you be blessed with Coffee forever.
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Originally posted 2017-10-14 20:55:08.