On the slopes of Mauna Loa (near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) under a veil of mist you’ll find rows of Ka’u coffee trees. This award-winning coffee may not be as well-known as the world-famous Kona coffee, but it’s rich and tasty and often has a hint of macadamia nut.
If you’ve never tried Ka’u coffee, you won’t want to miss the sixth annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival. There will be entertainment, tastings, tours, and a whole lot more from May 2nd to the 11th. Below you’ll find a list of some of the highlights.
Pa’ina and Open House (May 2, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Pahala Plantation House): The festival begins with a hula performance by the Halau Hula O Leionalani. There will also be live music, guided house tours, and Ka’u coffee for the tasting. Admission is free.
Triple C Recipe Contest (May 2, starts at 12:00 PM at the Ka‘u Coffee Mill): Want to try some candy and cakes? Then you’ll want to make sure to come by this competition. All the deserts entered are made with Ka’u coffee. Admission is free and there will be complimentary recipe samples.
Coffee & Cattle Day (May 9, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Aikane Plantation Coffee Farms): Ka’u coffee was first grown in 1894 by J.C. Searle. Follow a guided tour of the ranch/ farm where it all began and learn a little history in the process. The tour will be followed by a buffet lunch with grass-fed beef, a variety of side dishes, and desserts. Tickets are $25.
Ka’u Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a (May 10, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Pahala Community Center): This all-day celebration will include local music, hula performances, and Hawaiian fare. Vendors will be on hand to sell beautiful crafts. There will also be coffee tastings and guided farm/ mill tours. Festival entry is free.
Ka’u Coffee College (May 11, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Pahala Community Center): Attendees will have a chance to study up on the coffee industry. There will also be guided farm/ mill tours. Admission is free, but guided tours are $20.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your weekend bag and come down to the Ka’u district. There’s sure to be fun for the whole family.