See some coffee from outer space

Google Earth image of Captain Cook, Kona, HawaiiAloha to all you coffee lovers,

One tool that I use regularly in my coffee and realty capacities is Google Earth. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a wonderful diversion from the daily grind, or an excellent analytical tool if looking at acreage.

As few as a couple of years ago, the only way to get an aerial view of property, houses, or acreage was to hire an airplane or helicopter to fly over. Some firms offer remote control helos that do very good advertising and display prints, but it can be expensive and time consuming.

Google Earth isn’t new, but the imagry and tools just keep getting better. The reason I bring this up now on the Coffee Realty blog is that the imagery for most of the Kona Coffee belt has recently been updated. Resolution is dramatically better. Before, you could see general roadway trends, large buildings, forests, or pasture clearings. Now you can see cars in driveaways, or even individual coffee trees! The photo image is about two years old, but is ten times better than before. I’ve attached a low angle image of the Kealakekua Coffee Company farm for your viewing pleasure.

There are many nice features. For today, I’ll list only a few. When you first zoom in on Hawaii (or anywhere else in the world) you’re viewing straight down. The position of the cursor (little hand) is displayed as a latitude and longitude in the lower left of the screen. It also displays the elevation of the terrain below the cursor. This is very important with coffee land.

In my next post I’ll show you how to find my placemark for my coffee farm. Please feel free to contact me if you have any, and I mean ANY, questions regarding Kona Coffee Realty, or viewing my part of the world from space on your computer.

A hui hou,

Fred Cowell, R(S), Kona Home & Land Realty LLC
(808) 323-3300 office, (808) 936-3032 direct, (808) 323-3309 fax,