THE TOBACCO FROM HAWAII IS OF GOOD QUALITY.
This past Saturday Mr. Smith of the U.S. Experiment Station [Keena Hoao Meaulu o Amerika] here received a letter from an expert of Germany in plant research. Some time ago that Experimental Station of America tried planting tobacco in Hamakua. The first crop went to waste because of the ineptness of the the first person who was caring for it.
The second crop went well, and resulted in fine tobacco. Some tobacco from this was sent to that German plant researcher and he tested it. In the letter that was received, this German person spoke of how fine the Hamakua tobacco is, and he tried it as a cigar, and he found that it was similar in quality to the tobacco from Cuba.
Smith and his cohorts were happy receiving this response, and if that indeed is the quality, the longer this Hawaiian tobacco is grown, its status will improve, and it will be something that will enrich Hawaii nei in the near future.
[Did you see the new online exhibit from Kona Historical Society, “Made in Kona”? There is a section about the Kona Tobacco Company, Ltd. starting the following year in 1906. Go check it out. There are pictures! Maybe think about a donation while you are there!!] #KonaHistoricalSociety
(Kuokoa, 1/13/1905, p. 2)