Ann has made Maui her home for the past 35 years, residing in Kihei. She graduated from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, with a BS degree in business and marketing, and then she moved directly to Kihei. You can’t pry her off this rock! Both Ann and Kathy are in the opihi club….you’ll have to come on the tour to learn about this “club”!
Most of Ann’s years on Maui she has been educating people on wine and cheese. She owned a gourmet cheese and wine shop, Who Cut The Cheese, offering monthly wine and cheese tastings. Years in the trenches selling wine and spirits for distributors to all the resorts and fine dining restaurants on Maui, she got fed up with all the snobbery in the wine industry. When she finally opened her doors in 2003 she wanted a place where people wouldn’t be intimidated by wine or cheese, because that was her as well…self taught. Who Cut The Cheese was a place for those with fine taste and a sense of humor! All of this translates into her whole approach and style in leading the Maui Chocolate and Coffee tour. She also enjoys being an employee rather than a shop owner. Ten years, owning a business on Maui is longer than most marriages last! Now she has the enjoyment and pleasure in continuing to teach people in a fun and fascinating environment surrounded by people living aloha!
Kathy moved to Maui around the same time as Ann. Kathy is from Arlington, MA. She has worked in the visitor industry, providing aircraft safety briefings and in general operations in the aviation industry for years. She is also an educator for challenged children and young adults. Kathy is a woman with patience above and beyond AND a sense of humor to match. She will keep you fully entertained while sharing her passion for teaching folks about chocolate and coffee on the Maui Chocolate and Coffee tour! Don’t let that Bostonian accent fool you. She has been here over 30 years and it sounds like she just got off the jet!
April is known as the boomerang child of Kupa’a Farms. After graduating with a BS in Industrial Technology from a small school in Massachusetts, April started heading west. She spent a year working in Boulder, CO in the Technical Theatre industry, but soon discovered that she preferred her waking hours to be that of a farmer! Up at dawn and indoors at sundown. This lead her to pursue organic agriculture and found Kupa’a farms in 2011.
April spent her first 4 years interning on the farm, learning organic and sustainable agriculture from owners Gerry Ross and Janet Simpson – who quickly her became Hana’i (adopted) family. April has ventured off the farm a few times over the past 8 years but has always found herself returning to home and the Ohana. April has been saturated in the evolution of the farm over the years, and has spent hundreds of hours in the coffee orchards! She is excited to share the beauty and passion of the farm and farmers with everyone who visits. You can also find her at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays at the Waipuna Chapel in Kula.