Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant


The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, is happy to announce the appointment of Jeannè Kapela as its new Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition Executive Director. The UCC Hawaii Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition has been held as a prominent part of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival since its inception in 1970. Duties of the new director include overseeing recruitment of contestants, event management and chaperone details.

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 Jeanné Kapela has Kona coffee in her DNA, as she was born in Kona and raised on a small coffee farm in Captain Cook. She has competed in pageants locally, statewide and on a national level. Kapela was the 2014 Miss Kona Coffee, went on to win the Miss Hawaii crown in 2015 while capturing both the swimsuit and talent awards. She competed that year at the Miss America pageant and won the Miss Congeniality title. A graduate of Konawaena High School, she is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in social justice from Harvard University.

 “The mission of Miss America is to prepare great women for the world, and to prepare the world for great women. My goal as Executive Director is to not only perpetuate the time honored traditions of Kona coffee, but to also shape and empower young female leaders of tomorrow,” said Kapela. “I aspire to teach young women to use their voices to make change in our community and to believe in the beauty of their own dreams.” 

Interested competitors are encouraged to contact Jeanné Kapela via phone at (808) 854-1148 or email misskonacoffeeorg@gmail.com

The Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant is hosted by the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival each November, thanks to the support of Diamond Major Sponsor U.C.C., Ueshima Coffee Company, Ltd. The new Miss Kona Coffee will travel to Japan on a promotional tour for Kona coffee and the industry.

The Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant is held at the beginning of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, allowing the new Miss Kona Coffee to attend and participate in the week’s festivities. To enter the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, the applicant must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and a high school graduate or equivalent, or a senior in high school. There are no physical requirements or entrance fees.

2019 Titleholders Miss Kona Coffee 2019 – Ruby Jordan and 2019 Miss Aloha Hawaii – Danielle Balanay

23405685_1544924122261391_2179214646005514582_oMiss Aloha Hawaii 2018 Tehina Slade & Miss Kona Coffee 2018 Tatiana Macomber!