Kona Coffee Culture Festival celebrates 50 years with some in-person events returning


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The 50th annual Kona Coffee Culture Festival will be a little different this year.

The festival introduced a new format that will combine virtual and in-person events to celebrate Hawaii’s oldest food festival.

“Over the past 50 years, the Kona Coffee Culture Festival has had to overcome many obstacles in order to survive. None of these obstacles compare to having a festival during a pandemic, ”said Valery Corcoran, President of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. “Our board and committees have been innovative in designing a framework of events that attendees can safely attend in person, and others that we film and broadcast online. It’s time to toast the roast and we look forward to seeing you in person or virtually during the Festival.

In person events

Starting Thursday, November 4, 2021, Kona Coffee Farm Tours take center stage. Plan to visit UCC Hawai’i Estate Farm, Greenwell Farms, or Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee History Farm to learn more about how coffee is grown in Kona.


King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is the place to visit for a multitude of daily events. Interested in cultural activities and demonstrations by local artists? Check out the Quilt Show, Kona Coffee 101 Seminar, and Kona Coffee kiosks with tasting opportunities.


One of the highlights of the festival is the “Kona People” art exhibition at the Donkey Mill Art Center. This curated exhibit pairs artists with Kona farmers to create works that convey the spirit of the Kona people.

Talent takes the stage at Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night, with multicultural musical offerings and dance performances.

On festival Friday, attend the Kona Coffee Latte Art Throwdown at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company, where local baristas create with 100% Kona coffee.


The 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon will start on Saturday at 6 am with a descent from Ali’i Drive to “End of the World” and back. Those who want to avoid the rush can head to the Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll and spend the morning wandering the art galleries, tasting the freshly brewed flavors of 20 Kona coffee farms, and shopping with vendors. local.

A $ 5 Festival admission button is required for events and also offers special rates for paid events. Buttons are available for purchase online and at many stores and farms in the Kona area.

Virtual events

A virtual schedule has been developed for those who cannot attend the Festival in person.

The festival’s line of virtual events will kick off on Thursday, November 4 with the Opening Blessing Ceremony featuring highlights from the Opening Ceremony program and welcoming messages from Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth , festival president Valerie Corcoran and other dignitaries. Hula dancers from Halau Kala’akeakauikawiki will perform with Lacey Deniz and Eddie O from Kona as virtual hosts.

Other notable events in the virtual program include the UCC Hawai’i Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition. Miss Kona Coffee Carolyn Sapp of the Kona Coffee Culture Festival won the title of Miss Hawai´i and then won the crown of Miss America.

Those who log into the festival from their personal electronics can see the Kona Coffee Tasting Contest Awards Ceremony, Kona Coffee Tasting Seminar, Greenwell Farms Seed to Cup Tour, Tour UCC Hawai´i Estate Farm Tour, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Living History Farm Tour, Cultural Activities and Artist Demonstrations, Kona Coffee Latte Art Contest, Lantern Parade and Good Dancing, Cooking Demonstrations KTA Super Stores, UCC Hawai´i Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Contest and Little Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Program.

Virtual ticket prices vary depending on the event. Tickets can be purchased with a variety of options including, for a limited time only, the October Anniversary Box for $ 50, giving access to all virtual Festival events. Tickets can be purchased at www.konacoffeefest.com

The Festival has stated that it is committed to providing safe and memorable experiences for all. Check the Festival website for the most recent information as many events change or cancel due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For a full list of in-person and virtual event listings, pick up a Festival magazine or log on. www.konacoffeefest.com. Follow the Festival on social media @konacoffefest.

Festival awards

Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour book ranked the Kona Coffee Culture Festival as “the best coffee experience in the world.” National Geographic recently wrote that the “Festival is a Best Fall Festival in the United States” with National Geographic Traveler listing the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival as “Best Food Festival in Every US State”. Country Living magazine included this year’s festival as one of “America’s Best Fall Festivals & Fairs” and earlier as “Best Fall Festival to Celebrate the Season”.

The Kona Coffee Culture Festival is made possible through the sponsorship of UCC Hawai´i, Alaska Airlines, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai´i Community Federal Credit Union, KTA Super Stores, Alice K. Shingle and numerous corporate and community donors.


Darcy J. Skinner

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