Honesty and the spirit of excellence is our underlying philosophy
sugar plantations in the Hawaiian Islands. Walter Kunitake is a third generation coffee
Our grandparents were immigrants from Japan seeking a better life working at
grower. His grandparents began Kona coffee growing beginning at about 1910. The
original trees grown from that period are still being farmed by his relatives. His parents
in the 1950ʼs - 1970ʼs operated a large coffee farm with about 10,000 trees. We have
about 600 trees at our Country Samurai estate.
degree in business administration (BBA) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a
Sharlene Kunitake, the better half, grew up in the city of Honolulu and earned her
major in Accounting and also earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
he taught at the University of Hawaii and The Pennsylvania State University.
Walter earned his BBA, MBA and Ph.D. in business administration. Also a CPA,
importance of honesty, hard work and “do your best attitude,” which were all inherited
One common thread in this union between Walter and Sharlene was the clear
from our ancestors.
In 1997, we began our full-time commitment to Kona coffee when we opened a retail
outlet at which time the core values of Country Samurai Coffee Company was established.
We have three children that grew up in the coffee estate journey and they all hadtheir hands in the spirit of the core values we embraced.
The name, Kunitake, literally translates from “kuni” as country and “take” assamurai and therein captures the spirit of who we are.