10 Days of Festival Fun!
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade lights up Alii Drive with a glowing procession of light, music and color, culminating with a traditional Bon Dance. This year, the Lantern Parade also celebrates the Gannenmono, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. Descendants Ka’ea and Lili Lyons will serve as Grand Marshalls.
As a must-see event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, this year’s theme, “Tales of Kona,” highlights the heritage of the Kona community. Come hear unique Kona stories and experience diverse forms of storytelling in Hawaii. The event will feature local music and entertainment, celebrity chef Sam Choy, kupuna talk story, specialty food vendors, community artists and cultural practitioners, hands-on family activities, pop-up exhibit, historic farmhouse and coffee mill interpretive programs, and more.
- Admission is free. Food and merchandise available for purchase. Event parking is at the Kealakekua Ranch Center in Captain Cook. A free shuttle will provide transportation to and from the Kona Coffee Living History Farm.
Sponsored by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union
A day-long celebration of Kona coffee and its cultural heritage.
Featuring Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, Mark Yamanaka. Entertainment throughout the day with Kona Daifukuji Taiko, hula with Halau Hula Na Pua o Kumamoto and multi-cultural performances honoring the Kona’s multi-heritage coffee history.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. One-of-a-kind beautiful lei with Kona coffee beans, blossoms and leaves as the center of attention are on display.
Food Booths & Trucks
Variety of different ethnic foods and treats for everyone’s tastes
Arts & Crafts
Unique Made in Hawaii items
Kona farmers will be on hand with fresh brewed coffee available to taste and purchase.
Hands-on crafts including lei making, lauhala weaving, pan roasting coffee, ohe kapala (bamboo stamping), Japanese calligraphy and more.
Featuring a replica of a coffee hoshidana, a traditional method of drying Kona coffee and a photo display Kona coffee history.