Our Favorite Hawaiian Activities & Festivals

A CUVÉE-GUIDE TO SOME OF OUR FAVORITE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES AROUND HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND

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.

Kona Coffee Festival | Hawaii Luxury RentalsLiving History Farm Tour | November 3-1

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 art stroll | Hawaii Luxury RentalsHistoric Village, Coffee, & Art Stroll | November 4


Take your time in the art district, visiting galleries and admiring the extensive range of local artistry.  Sample coffee from over 30 farms and purchase your favorite.

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.

Miss Kona Coffee Pageant | Hawaii Luxury RentalsMiss Kona Coffee Pageant | November 4

Contestants compete for the titles of Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii titles, and their accompanying scholarships.

Kona Coffee Festival | Hawaii Luxury RentalsKona Coffee Recipe Contest | November 5

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.

Hawaii Luxury RentalsTraditional Ho’olaule’a Multi-Cultural Celebration | November 11

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.

The Best Golf Courses on the Big Island

Hualalai Golf Course | Hawaii Luxury Rentals

Hualalai Golf Course 

The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Course (the first Nicklaus course on the entire island!) has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land. Its 7,100 yards wind through lush kipuka, black lava and dramatic seaside. Visitors can also enjoy the prestigious PGA Tour Champions “Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai” event here in January. Allow our Experience Curators to arrange a variety of summer golf activities at the Club, including night golf, mini golf and even foot golf!

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Hualalai Ke'olu Golf Course | Hawaii Luxury Rentals

Hualalai Ke’olu Golf Course

The private Hualalai Ke’olu Golf Course, located directly above our renowned Hualalai Estate house, is typically reserved for members only; however, as a guest of Cuvée, you will enjoy privileged access to this beautiful Tom Weiskopf design. The impeccably-designed course features a wide variety of classical Hawaiian terrain, including lava blisters, caves, arches and beautifully sloping hills that rise and fall in magnitudes of 220 feet. Enjoy amazing, panoramic views of the ocean and Big Island’s mountains in the near distance. No detail has been spared in its design; in fact, Weiskopf went as far as to import a special sand from China, known for its consistency, playability and color. Golfers can expect a challenging yet rewarding course, sure to enliven even the most seasoned golfer.

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Hawaii Luxury RentalsWaikoloa Village Golf Club

Located at approximately 1,000 feet of elevation, golfers are treated to views of five volcanoes (Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Haleakala on Maui) as well as the gorgeous the Kohala coastline.A Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, this beautiful courses features generous fairways and well guarded greens. It is the second oldest course on the Big Island and a local favorite. Expect fantastic playing conditions nearly 365 days per year.

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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

WHERE TO STAY IN HAWAII | HAWAII LUXURY RENTALS

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HUALALAI ESTATE | BIG ISLAND, HAWAII

This Hawaii luxury rental is a Cuvée-designed estate and features both ocean and golf course views. Enjoy a custom infinity pool and spa, fire bowls & tiki torches, media room, luxurious furnishings and receding glass walls in nearly every room, Guests receive access to the award-winning Four Seasons Hualalai Resort & Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Personalized offerings including private chef services, daily housekeeping, babysitting and a personal driver. 5+ Bedroom Suites.

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KAHUA KOHOLA ESTATE | BIG ISLAND, HAWAII

The Kahua Kohola Estate is one of Kona’s ultimate luxury estates featuring a private infinity pool and hot tub amongst the lush outdoor garden. This estate offers an extensive outdoor living area as well as an indoor courtyard complete with a koi pond. Guests enjoy world-class treatment at the Hualalai Four Seasons resort as well as access to the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. 5 Bedroom Suites.

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