Everything You Need to Know About the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival:

Everything You Need to Know About the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival:

  • Kristina Vaughn Hazard
  • 10/28/23

The lush, volcanic slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, above the western shoreline of the Big Island of Hawaii, are more than just stoic monuments of natural beauty; they influence island weather, serve as a support structure and habitat for the region's diverse collection of wildlife, and are central to giving life to one of the world's most revered coffee varieties—Kona coffee.

Farmed from the verdant foothills of Hualalai and Mauna Loa, the Coffea arabica plant, more commonly known as Kona coffee, is among the world's rarest, most expensive, and most favored coffee varieties. The unique coffee-bearing plant is also at the heart of this vibrant farming community, which has cultivated, cared for, and curated a tight-knit community and culture across nearly two centuries of the singular agrarian pursuit.

A celebration across generations

To truly understand and appreciate Kona coffee, one must delve into its storied past and follow the narrative of native traditions and influences that began in the early 1800s when a Spanish physician planted the island's first coffee plants. Although those early attempts failed to produce a meaningful yield, those first plantings laid the groundwork for today's Kona coffee successes, including:

  • 650 farms specializing in cultivating Kona coffee
  • 3,500 acres of land dedicated to farming Kona coffee
  • Production of roughly 3.8 million pounds and $14 million worth of Kona coffee
Honoring current and past farmers, artisans, and pioneers of the Big Island's Kona coffee culture, the 52nd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival aims to do precisely that.

This yearly celebration, which runs from November 3 to November 12, is central to the region's legacy and brings together those who toil the volcanic slopes with those who want to learn and understand more about what it's like to be part of a genuine coffee culture.

About the festival

The festival considered Hawaii's oldest food-centered celebration, spans ten days and offers an in-depth, multi-sensory journey into Hawaiian heritage and the world of premium coffee. To attend, one needs only to purchase a $5 festival button, which grants access to most events and tours. The button also provides discounts on events that require additional ticket purchasing.

Schedule and notable festival events

Including single and multi-day events and programming, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival takes place at more than 20 locations across a 15-mile stretch of the Big Island's western coastline from Honaunau-Napoopoo to Kailua-Kona. Notable areas and venues for this year's events include the Aloha Theatre, Donkey Mill Art Center, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Resort, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa.

Below is a select list of art exhibitions, competitions, expos, tastings, and tours, all of which help to make the festival one of Hawaii's most distinguished annual events.

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