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Les Drent is founder and owner of LBD Coffee, LLC which oversees Coffee Times visitor's guide, Blair Estate Organic Coffee Farm, and the Kauai Cigar Company. When not driving the tractor with his son Jorgen, he enjoys, more than anything, spending time with his wife Gigi, and daughter Jessica. E-mail Les at:

Tai Erum Tai Erum, Roast Master for Coffee Times, was born here on Kauai, but spent most of his academic life in California. His Hawaiian agricultural roots stretch back to the early sugar cane plantation days when his Grandparents traveled to Kauai from the Philippines in search of opportunity and adventure. With hard work and determination their dreams were realized and through Tai, their spirit lives on. Tai is a writer, photographer, traveler and technology/internet enthusiast. He also proudly manages operations for the Kauai Cigar Company. Contact him at:

Kirk Lee Aeder is a world renown ocean sports photographer who moved to the Big Island nearly seven years ago. He previously lived for ten years on Maui. Besides his stunning photography of the Hawaiian Islands, Kirk travels regularly to far off places like Japan where he shoots photos for a variety of travel magazines. As a photo journalist, he is currently the overseas editor for Surfing World magazine in Japan, and has been published frequently in American publications like Sports Illustrated, Outside, and Endless Vacation. E-mail Kirk at:

Marta Lane has been a storyteller for 25 years. She spent a considerable amount of time in the television industry, most recently as an editor, before turning her hand to freelance writing. Currently, she is a feature writer for Coffee Times, a website dedicated to selling and promoting Kona coffee. She also writes the restaurant review “Tastes of Kauai” for MidWeek Kauai and is a featured blogger on all things Kauai for a large travel agency. E-mail Marta at:

Harumi Kobayashi is a graphic & web designer who owns Mejiro Graphics. She designed the Coffee Times labels and Coffee Times magazines. After living on Kauai for three years she moved to Olympic Peninsula in Washington state in 2006. During the cold Olympic winters, she continues to design graphics and websites for Coffee Times while dreaming of the sun and skies of Hawaii. Check out her creative work at

Amy Hoff is a Scottish historian who teaches at Hawai'i Community College. She is the author of a travel column and two historical fiction novels about piracy set in Scotland. She currently lives in Puna. You can visit her on the web at email:

Sarah Blanchard writes from her home in Hilo, HI, where she also teaches business, e-marketing and essay writing at the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Community College. Her writing reflects a wide range of professional and personal interests: sustainable small business, agriculture, natural science, ecotourism and travel, animal science and behavior, history and Hawaiian culture. email:

Carol Prism has lived in Hawaii 17 years, half that time on Oahu and the rest on the Kona side of the Big Island. "The islands called to me 20 years ago. The siren call of the magic and beauty of these islands reached me in my dreams and waking life. I have multiple careers including a Master's in Counseling, many years as a gardener and as a writer." email:

Betty Fullard-Leo, as a freelance writer, has been covering Hawai'i culture, travel, art, food and lifestyle for fifteen years. A 1980 graduate of the University of Hawaii school of journalism, she is contributing food editor for Hawaii magazine, and a frequent contributor to other Hawaii-focused magazines, books and newspapers, such as Aloha, Spirit of Aloha, Fodor's guide and Los Angeles Times special sections. E-mail Betty at:

Lance Tominaga is a freelance writer in Honolulu who has done assignments for Spirit of Aloha (the official in-flight publication of Aloha Airlines), Hawaii Business, Hawaii Magazine and more. He is formerly the editor of ALOHA, The Magazine of Hawaii and the Pacific. A graduate of the University of Hawaii (Journalism, 1988), he is currently working on his first book (a Hawaii travel guide), to be published in late 1999. E-mail Lance at:

Andrew Nisbet has been living on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife Tina since 1995. Together they have pioneered and run an Internet marketing business and today manage over 150 websites. Andrew has maintained the Coffee Times website since 1996. When not working on websites Andrew enjoys SCUBA diving, digital photography and working in his garden near Pahoa in East Hawaii. Check out his website at E-mail Andrew at:

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