The Kona Coffee Culture Festival returns in person

After two years of pandemic impacts, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns in person, starting Friday. The popular event was scaled back last year to a mix of in-person and virtual events. And in 2020, it was cancelled.

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The festival also features coffee pickings and farm tours.

The 10-day festival, which began in 1970, celebrates Kona coffee culture and heritage. Events include performances, farm tours, coffee picking, a coffee recipe contest and cultural activities.

Valerie Corcoran, longtime president of the festival, said they expected thousands to attend.

“Our goal is to show the culture behind Kona coffee,” she said. “Kona coffee is big business now, but what’s the story of all those farmers waking up early in the morning. Everything was hand-picked. We’re still hand-picking coffee. I mean, we had our school system…our vacation was during coffee season, things like that that are unique to the Kona area.

The festival begins on November 4 with a lantern parade and farm tours and ends on Sunday November 13. For more information, click here.

Darcy J. Skinner