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Hawaii’s oldest food festival starts brewing November 1 through 10, 2024.

Every November, the 10-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival honors Kona’s cultural heritage and recognizes the accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans.

Board of Directors

2023 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Board of Directors

Valerie Corcoran

Festival President

Corcoran’s involvement with the Festival started thirty-two ago when she served on the Farm Fair committee.

Rick Robinson

First Vice President

Robinson serves as Chairman of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District and has been a Festival Board of Director for thirty-seven years.

Tsukasa Kobayashi

Second Vice President

Kobayashi is General Manager of the Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) farm, and received his BE and ME degree from Hokkaido University in 2012 and 2014.

Malia Bolton Hind

Third Vice President

Bolton Hind is the Director of Operations of Kona Coffee & Tea Company and a boutique Kona coffee farmer. She has served as a Festival Board of Director for seventeen years.

Ally Brown

Fourth Vice President

Brown serves as the Executive Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition, she also serves as the Festival event director.

Jean Kadooka


Born and raised on a coffee farm in South Kona, Jean has volunteered as Festival secretary for forty-four years.

John W. Rocha


Born and raised in Hilo, Rocha graduated from Hilo High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Degree.

Arlene Araki

Born February 1951, Arlene acquired her BA in Social Science from California State University. Sacramento. She is active in the Kona community including Kahakai Elementary School PTO President, and the lead part in Coffee Gamble: 60 years play in 1992.

Alex Brooks

Matt Carter

Matt Carter is a retired teacher (1989-2018), part-time musician, farmer, and currently manages Greenwell Farms Tour and Retail Store Operations.

Claudia Chang

Claudia works with the State of Hawaii and has served on the Festival Board of Directors for six years. She is also an active member of the Kona Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.

Ceri Copeland

Born and raised in Hilo, Ceri was a substitute teacher for fifteen years here in Kona. She is also an active member of the Kona Lions Club.

Nathan Kurashige

A multi-generational Kona coffee farmer, Kurashige is active with the Kona Young Farmers. He has been serving on the Festival for fifteen years.

Hideki Miki

Hideki heads the UCC Ueshima Coffee Company retail at the UCC farm in Holualoa. He studied at Kobe Gakuin University and now makes Kailua Kona his home.

Yukio Muramatsu

Muramatsu moved from Japan to Kona in 2010 and put every effort into learning about farming. He and his wife own and operate a Kona coffee farm in Holualoa.

Helen Nagata

Helen was born and grew up in Kona, attended Konawaena Elementary, Intermediate and High School and East Los Angeles Community College. She recently retired from a successful career with First Hawaiian Bank. This is her fifth year of service.

Michelle Sakata-Johnson

Michelle is a 4th generation Japanese coffee farmer, crowned as the 1977 Kona Coffee Festival Queen. Michelle is currently restoring her family coffee-land-house that has been in her family for over 100 years.

Kenneth Aloha Victor

Award-winning Kumu Hula Kenneth “Aloha” Victor was born and raised in Kailua-Kona. In 2006, he started Hālau Kala’akeakauikawēkiu, which focuses on maintaining and perpetuating the beliefs, teachings, philosophies, practices and traditions of Native Hawaiian culture through hula. Victor also created his own clothing line “Kaulua‘e”, with designs made in Hawaii, for Hawaii.

Sammi Piasecki

Sammi moved to the Big Island in 2018 and purchased a 4 acre coffee farm. She is very proud to say that as a Kona Coffee farmer, she can take coffee from flower to “in your cup” on my little farm.

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