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. At 4pm Festival goers are invited to decorate Lanterns in memory of loved ones and march in the parade. Bon Dance to follow at Hale Halawai.
A Stroll through historic Holualoa Village whilst tasting 37 carefully prepared brews of 100% Kona coffee served by the farmers themselves. Local gourmet food truck vendors will all be there as well. All of the fabulous Art studios will be open to wander through and enjoy. Cast your vote for your favorite brew at the “People’s Choice Award” voting booth.
An official preliminary pageant for the Miss Hawaii and Miss America Scholarship Competition. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 25. Candidates will compete in interview, onstage question, evening gown, talent, and social impact statement. The winner goes on to represent Kona at Miss Hawaii in June.
A day-long celebration of Kona Coffee and its cultural heritage:
Cultural Demonstrations – Hands-on crafts including flower and ti leaf lei making, lauhala weaving, pan roasting coffee, poi pounding, ohe kapala (bamboo stamping), and more. The Kona Hongwanji Saga Soryu group will display a number of ikebana arrangements.
Entertainment – Entertainment throughout the day with multi-cultural performances honoring Kona’s multi-heritage coffee history. Hawaiian, Samoan, Japanese, Filipino, and Korean groups will be on stage.
Food Booths and Trucks – Variety of ethnic foods
Kona Coffee – Kona farmers will be on hand with freshly brewed coffee available for taste and purchase.
Arts and Crafts – Shop for unique made-in Hawaii products and gifts that showcase local Hawaii artists.
Historical and Educational Displays – A replica of a coffee hoshidana, a traditional method of drying Kona coffee, along with a history of Kona coffee will be showcased. Educational displays and information on the Kona coffee industry will be presented by the University of Hawaii.