Ka'u coffee farmers worried about pending land sale

Published On: Mar 10 2014 11:49:57 AM HST
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HILO, Hawaii -

Ka'u farmers are anxious over the pending sale of lands where they've cultivated some of world's best coffee.

Rusty's Hawaiian owner Lorie Obra told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the uncertainty has her worried.  She says her lease is up next month.

The farm Obra started with her late husband Rusty made the Roasters Guild's top 10 list in a 2012 global competition.

Real estate firm Kennedy Wilson says the coffee farms cover 300 acres of the 5,880 acres on the market.

The previous owner WWK Hawaii Holdings ran into trouble during the recession. Its lender Lehman Brothers bought the land at a foreclosure auction in June.

Kennedy Wilson Vice President Joel LaPinta says Lehman Brothers wants to sell all the acres together.

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