Make plans now to attend the 49th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival! The festival celebrates Hawaii Island’s coffee culture and is Hawaii’s oldest food festival. This annual festival offers something for everyone with hands-on art and activities, Kona coffee tours, food tastings, music, dance and much more. In addition, the festival will crown Miss Kona Coffee on November 2 at the Aloha Theater.
Admission to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is $5 which allows you access to all 10-days of the festival. Check out the website here for information about purchasing your admission button.
Coffee farming on the Big Island dates back more than 200 years to the arrival of missionary Samuel Ruggles and his coffee trees. Hawaii Island’s early coffee farmers soon discovered that Kona’s volcanic soil on the slopes of Hualalai, combined with the area’s mild climate, made for the perfect growing conditions for coffee plants. Today, there are hundreds of coffee farms and production facilities, from big roasters to small family farms.
If you are up for the challenge, there is even a half marathon and marathon known as the 100% Pure Kona Coffee Marathon on November 9, 2019. The race start and finish is at Coconut Marketplace with the course set almost entirely along scenic Alii Drive.
The Kona Coffee Festival is supported by Hawaii Tourism and UCC Ueshima Coffee Company, LTD, which celebrates 30 years in Hawaii this year.