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The Big Island Kona Coffee Festival


The Big Island Kona Coffee Festival is in full swing and you need to get over the grab a hot cup of Hawaii’s best. I still remember the very first time I actually toured a coffee plantation farm on the Big Island. It was so interesting listening to our guide tell us about the whole process of growing to harvesting coffee and then afterwards getting to chance to sample the many wonderful coffee brews that made Hawaii the coffee spot of the USA.

The Big Island Kona Coffee FestivalFor the last 42 years, the Big Island of Hawaii has celebrated its world-famous java each November at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This year’s celebration of all things coffee and more begins today (Friday) and continues through Nov. 11 at various venues on the leeward (Kailua-Kona) side of the island.

One of the most important, and interesting, events is the cupping competition Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors are invited to sip the entrants’ brews alongside judges who will be evaluate the various Kona blends in a variety of categories. They include aroma and fragrance, acidity, sweetness and, of course, overall flavor. The contest will be at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou. A $3 festival badge, sold at the hotel, is required to participate.

The Big Island Kona Coffee Festival

A variety of cultural events, ongoing throughout much of the festival, will be held at the Makaeo County Pavilion at the site of the old Kona airport. Highlights include hands-on demonstrations of Hawaiian quilting, lei making and lauhala weaving, in which the leaves of the Panadanos plant are used to create mats, baskets and boxes.Calling all coffee lovers

Tours of coffee farms and mills are also being offered. An evening parade on Nov. 10 will feature floral floats and marching bands, with lanterns lighting the way.

A rundown of activities can be found on the festival’s website.

Big Island Kona Coffee Festival and one of my favorite is the Big Island Mountain brew…

~~Aloha Nui Loa



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