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The Kona Coffee Festival in Kona is one of the most anticipated events in Hawaii. Everyone comes together to celebrate the coffee harvest with art, music, dance, cultural events, and tastings. Working coffee farms cover thousands of acres throughout Kona, and many of them open to visitors who want to experience the ancient hand-picking traditions, and taste the fruits of five generations of labor.
Kona Coffee has deep roots in Hawaii’s history. In the early 1800’s, the first coffee cuttings took root in the rich volcanic soil and perfect weather of Kona. Hardworking families quickly adopted it as a regular crop, and it’s popularity on the mainland helped establish Kona Coffee as a new Hawaiian economic mainstay. Celebrated by everyone from soldiers to royalty, it has become a major part of Kona’s identity and cultural heritage. Today the value of the coffee crop is over $14 Million, with an annual production of about 3.8 million pounds.
Visit in early November to participate in the harvest yourself. Enjoy the inspiring stories, song, art, and culinary works inspired by this simple plant. Over 50 events take place over this 10-day festival. Here are a few of the highlights:
Kona Coffee Festival Event Guide
Art Exhibit at Donkey Mill Art Center | November 3-12
Kona Coffee Culture is the inspires the artwork of both adults and youth alike. Visit this restored coffee mill for an educational experience that’s fun for the whole family.
Visit “America’s only living history coffee farm” to see production practices of 1926-1945, and hear the story of how the industry was saved through the kuriba and hoshidana methods of the industrious Japanese farmers.
Kona Coffee Cupping Competition
Coffee farmers enter their best coffee and wait while a prestigious panel of judges sips through 50+ cups to determine the finest grower.
Coffee Picking & Farm Experience | November 4
Experience first-hand, the care and picking of ripe coffee cherries. Learn how it transforms into the coffee drink beloved by millions around the world, and take home your own, fresh roasted, 2 oz bag.
Contestants compete for the titles of Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii titles, and their accompanying scholarships.
Anyone from amateurs to professional chefs present their best recipes in categories such as sweet, savory, and keiki snacks. See culinary demonstrations, award presentations, and enjoy a public tasting afterward.
Festival Lantern Parade | November 10
The streets of Kailua Village are lit by a parade of colorful lanterns, an event which culminates in an evening of cultural music and dancing at Hale Halawai.
Food booths, lei contests, live entertainment and more are the main features of this signature event. See cultural demonstrations, participate in making traditional poi, or try your hand at Japanese calligraphy.
More Annual Food & Drink Festivals In Hawaii
March – Kona Brewers Festival
May – Big Island Chocolate Festival
May – Ka’u Coffee Festival
June – Taste of Wailea
June – Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
August – Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival
September – Mealani’s Taste of Hawaii Range
September – Taste of Lahaina in Maui
November – Big Island Farm Fair in Kona