Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, November 4-13, 2016


Photo courtesy of the Kona Coffee Festival

Praised for its fine, light and memorable taste, Kona coffee once again takes center stage at the 46th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival from November 4-13, 2016. Kona’s annual coffee harvest has sustained this agricultural community and the community gathers to celebrate every November. The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 10-day Festival honors Kona’s cultural heritage and recognizes the accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans.

Nearly 50 events crowd the 10-day schedule where locals and coffee-loving visitors gather to celebrate the harvest. Festivities include a lantern parade that lights up the evening sky, several coffee and food events that offer tastings, hands-on cultural events, a collection of farm and mill tours and coffee art exhibitions. The scholarship pageant crowns its queens and the finest Kona coffees are announced.

2013 Coffee FestivalA Sampling of Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Events (a complete schedule is available at KonaCoffeeFest.com)

Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll

Stroll through the quaint art district, visit galleries and choose from over 30 Kona coffee farms offering tastings and coffee for purchase.

Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant

Hawaii Island’s talented contestants compete for the coveted Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii titles. Did you know that a former Miss Kona Coffee Carolyn Sapp went on to become Miss America?

Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour

A visit to this historic Kona coffee farm reveals the story of Kona coffee farmers from 1926-1945. It’s America’s only living history coffee farm.

Kona Coffee Cupping Competition

An international panel of professional cupping judges conduct side-by-side blind tastings as they sniff, slurp and taste their way through 50+ entries to crown the winner.

Kona Coffee, Beer aKonaCoffeeTeand Wine Pairing

Savor small plates, smooth music and a Kona coffee, beer and wine pairing.

Kona Coffee Lantern Parade

Colorful lanterns wind their way through Historic Kailua Village at this parade that culminates in an evening of cultural music and dance.


Ethnic food booths, arts and crafts, lei contest, ikebana and all-day live entertainment featuring one of Hawaii’s most popular entertainers Robi Kahakalau.

A souvenir Festival button is required for attendance to all events and can be purchased for $3 at all events and many retail and farm locations throughout the Kona area. For a complete listing of 46th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival events or for more information visit www.konacoffeefest.com. Follow the Festival on social media @konacoffeefest

About Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 

The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 2016 Festival includes 10 days of events that promote Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supports the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.


The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is supported as a Signature Event of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and is made possible through the support of UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd., Kamehameha Schools, Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Kawakami Family of Captain Cook Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, KTA Super Stores and numerous other corporate and community donors.


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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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