Coffee Leaf RustCoffee Leaf Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) was officially confirmed by USDA to be on Maui in October 2020 and has tentatively been found on Hawai’i Island.

Coffee Leaf Rust is one of the most devastating pests of coffee plants and is established in all major coffee growing areas if the world, but had not previously been found in Hawai’i until now.

“The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is focused on assisting farmers in learning how to manage this new threat to our livelihood. By coordinating with local, state, national and international groups, KCFA seeks to provide accurate information to our membership, so that farmers can take this as foundation and use it to learn with neighbors about best steps to take. That way we can all work together to deal with this pest, which moves fast and which no one has managed before in Hawaii. As a group and as a team of fellow coffee farmers, KCFA members can work together on best management strategies to continue forth successfully.” –Colehour Bondera, KCFA President

Important Contacts:

Email KCFA about Coffee Leaf Rust: [email protected]

HDOA’s Plant Pest Control Branch – (808) 973-9525

Andrea Kawabata, Associate Extension Agent for Coffee and Orchard Crops
Text: (415) 604-1511  Email: [email protected]

Newest Additions

Message from Luis F. Aristizabal

Dear Coffee Farmers and Friends, The Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR), Hemileia vastratix was officially reported here in Hawaii during this week. This is a new issue that is expecting to affect the coffee industry in Hawaii. The best strategy for control is by planting coffee plants resistant to CLR. However, right now we do not…

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Coffee Leaf Rust

The dreaded moment has arrived. Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) has arrived to our islands. At this time, it’s been found in multiple coffee farms and feral gulches across Maui. It has been spotted in Hilo here on the Big Island. Now is the time to educate yourself on what the distinctive orange spores look like.…

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Coffee Leaf Rust Board Members needed

We need potential new Board members to step up and work together to better understand how our trees are affected, and what to do in preparation and what to do if we have infections of CLR. If you have any interest in team work and have skills in agricultural research, pathology, entomology, agricultural systems, information…

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Crop Insurance for Coffee

With the recent discovery of Coffee Leaf Rust on Maui, growers are encouraged to take a close look at USDA’s Risk Management Agency crop insurance program for Coffee Trees. The tree insurance policy includes coverage for trees lost due to disease when proper control measures are used, as a covered peril. Growers would need to…

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Coffee leaf rust detected in Hawaii for the first time – Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – In an alarming discovery, agriculture officials have confirmed the presence of coffee leaf rust from samples collected on Maui and detected “suspect” samples in Hilo. Read full article: Coffee leaf rust is devastating to coffee plants and has been found around the world in major coffee growing areas. The pest…

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