In the early 1800s the first coffee tree clippings were planted in Kona by Samuel Ruggles. The clippings took to the rich volcanic-soil and the cool mountain climate and grew into coffee trees. Now, almost 200 years later, the handpicked Kona coffee cherries are regarded as some of the best in the world.
Kona coffee trees bloom in the spring and are harvested in the fall. Each autumn we celebrate the harvest and the coffee farmers during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This year marks the 44th time the festival will take place. If you would like to try some tasty coffee and learn a bit about cultivating coffee trees, you’ll want to make sure to attend a few of the events from November 7-16, 2014. For a full listing of events go to www.konacoffeefest.com
Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll: (Historic Holualoa Village) Take a stroll through this charming village with its art galleries and quaint cafes. While you’re here you’ll be able to sample Kona coffee from over thirty local farms. This event will take place November 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant: (78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona) Come see the new face of Kona coffee on November 8th at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. The winner of the pageant will receive a college scholarship and travel to Japan on a promotional tour of Kona coffee. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Kona Coffee Picking Contest and Games: (75-5568 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa) Bring your kids out to compete for their community organization (scouts, 4-H, Halau, etc). Teams of six will pick coffee cherries for a chance to win prize money on November 9th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Then get ready for a finger-licking-good barbeque sponsored by the UCC Ueshima Coffee Co.
Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase: (78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona) Amateurs and professional chefs will present their entrée and dessert recipes featuring 100% Kona coffee. Come on down to the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa to try some amazing cuisine from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on November 9th.
Celebrate Kona Day: (75-5760 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona) The week-long festival will end with a street fair in downtown Kona on November 16th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Wander through the streets and taste local cuisine while listening to live music. Then head on over to the Hale Halawai Pavillion to sample Kona coffee and try your swing on the mini golf course.
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