Founders & Owners:
Dave & Trudy Bateman
In 2005, Dave and Trudy were called to Kona by one of Dave’s legal clients. Dave had practiced law for 35 years as a USAF JAG, Washington State Asst. Attorney General, and most recently at his own firm. The client was seeking Dave’s legal and business advice with a new acquisition — a large Kona coffee farm.
Discussions stretched through the day and it began to look like the coffee farm might be a good investment. And then, the farm’s owners served Dave and Trudy some of the coffee they had grown. Dave was instantly captivated: “If I could grow coffee like this, I could sell it around the world.”
Dave’s client was ready for this: “You can.” Suddenly Dave Bateman, International Lawyer, had taken his first step toward becoming Dave Bateman, Coffee Farmer. The transition took two years of intensive, hands-on learning about everything coffee. It also required one year of cajoling to convince Trudy, the senior RN at an Olympia Emergency Room to leave her home, family, and vocation three thousand miles behind to join him to grow coffee on a large rock in the middle of the Pacific.
Today, Heavenly Hawaiian Farms is one of the most highly awarded farms in Kona. Dave has widened his involvement with Kona coffee to include service on the Boards of the Hawaii Coffee Association and the Kona Coffee Council. Trudy now oversees the Heavenly Hawaiian Farms herself while Dave directs much of his time and attention to a new coffee venture — building Kona’s largest coffee farm, the 1,900 acre Kona Hills farm and, in the process, reimagining and redefining Kona coffee.
Heavenly Hawaiian Management Team:
Bill Myers, General Manager
Bill is a refugee from the political world of Washington, DC, where he spent an entire career helping to create the mess we have today. He arrived in Kona 14 years ago, traded political intrigue for Hawaiian aloha, and is now slowly redeeming those pieces of his soul he had previously sold off by helping to create Kona’s best coffees. In his spare time, Bill restores historic churches.
Tina Taetuna, Orchard Manager
Tina was born and raised on a Kona coffee farm, descended from generations of Kona coffee farmers. She learned the art of coffee cultivation the only way you really can — through decades of planting, caring for, harvesting and processing coffee. Today, she leads the team that manages and maintains our orchards and mills, producing award-winning coffees that are enjoyed around the world.
Chase Shugarman, Business Manager
A missed flight and a fortunate series of events brought this Cal business student from hustle & bustle California to the wonderful world of coffee farming on the Big Island. New to Kona, Chase is quickly learning everything there is to know about coffee while using his business knowledge to allow people from all over the world to try Heavenly Hawaiian's delicious coffee & candy.