2022 Festival schedule of events

HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE 2022 FESTIVAL

Compost Culture: The Art of Regenerative Transformation

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Donkey Mill Art Center 
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

​​Explore the process of composting as local farmers-farmers create artworks. The artistic interpretations build an appreciation for nature’s miraculous work, reflects on the wisdom composting can unearth in applying these lessons in daily lives. Festival button required and available for purchase on-site.

Kona Coffee Festival Quilt Show

Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery

75-5706 Kuakini Hwy., Suite 112, Kailua-Kona 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday

Coffee and island themed quilts from local quilters.

Greenwell Farms: Seed to Cup Farm Tour 

81-6581 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua

9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A fascinating journey into the history, the farming, the processing and tasting of 100% pure Kona coffee!  Participants will leave with a new and enlightened view of Kona’s most famous product. Tour starts at Greenwell Farms Gift Shop.

Friday, November 4th

Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook

10 a.m.– 2 p.m. 

Self-guided farm tour tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. $15 – Reduced ticket purchase with festival button, available for purchase on-site.

First Festival Friday and Lantern Parade

Hale Halawai County Pavilion 

75-5760 Ali‘i Dr., Kailua-Kona

2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Spend the afternoon enjoying the events at Hale Halawai including craft vendors, family friendly activities and yummy food from a variety of food trucks. 

LANTERN PARADE – 6 p.m.  

Alii Drive, Kailua Pier to Hale Halawai, Kailua-Kona

With glowing procession of light, music and color, Alii Drive lights up as the parade winds its way from Kailua Pier to Hale Halawai.

For vendor information or to register to participate in the parade visit konacoffeefest.com/festival-event-forms and look for Lantern Parade.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th

The Holualoa Coffee and Art Stroll

Holualoa Village

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visit galleries in this quaint art district and taste samples from 35+ Kona coffee farms. Shop the Festival pop up retail and meet the 2022 Artist.   

Cultural Activities & Demos

Donkey Mill Art Center 

78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Try cultural activities, including lei po’o, lauhala bracelet weaving and local natural dyes like olena (tumeric). Register online to participate at www.donkeymillartcenter.org

Exhibition Opening Reception for “Compost Culture: The Art of Regenerative Transformation” 

Donkey Mill Art Center

78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

4 p.m. –  7p.m. 

Free with a festival button and open to the public. Meet and talk story with featured local artists/farmers. Guest judges will present awards to the first, second and third place artworks. Light pūpū will be served.

UCC Hawai’i Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition 

Aloha Theatre 

79-7384 Hawaii Belt Rd., Kealakekua

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Competition starts at 6:00 p.m.

A festival competition affiliated with the Miss Hawaii and Miss America Organizations. Candidates ages 18-26 compete in private interview, onstage question & social impact pitch, red carpet and talent phases for scholarship opportunities and a chance to compete in the state competition. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased soon via apachawaii.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest 

Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa

78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou 

 

Big Island Showcase opens at 10 a.m. 

Recipe Contest doors open at 11 a.m.

A tasty showcase of prized original Kona coffee recipes in two categories: sweet and savory are judges and prizes awarded. Chef demonstrations, musical entertainment, Kona coffee farm booths and local artisans featured at the Big Island Showcase.

UCC Hawai’i Kona Coffee Picking & Farm Experience

UCC Hawai’i Kona Coffee Estate

75-5568 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

 

Two farm tours, meet at the farm’s retail shop: 

10 a.m. to Noon

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Try your hand at picking ripe coffee cherry and witness how the harvest transforms to coffee in your cup.

Little Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition

Aloha Theatre

79-7384 Hawaii Belt Rd., Kealakekua

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Competition starts at 3:00 p.m.

More than a pageant, Kona’s premier youth competition features Hawai’i Island young ladies ages 4-17. Teen Miss Kona Coffee will make its debut!  They all vie for crowns learning from a “stage” of opportunities to help groom confidence, poise and self-development. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased  soon via apachawaii.org.                       

UCC Hawai’i Kōnane Challenge

UCC Hawai’i Coffee Retail Shop

75-5568 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Kōnane, sometimes called Hawaiian checkers, is a complex game of strategy, critical thinking and even teaches players how to manage resources. Players gather at UCC Hawaii to compete in this friendly game of strategy and critical thinking. This kōnane challenge is set for 16 players, selection based on skill levels. Applications available at konacoffeefest.com/festival-event-forms and look for UCC Hawai’i Kōnane Challenge.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook

10 a.m.– 2 p.m. 

Self-guided farm tour tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. $15 – Reduced ticket purchase with festival button, available for purchase on-site.

Kona Coffee Barista Training 

Kona Coffee & Tea

74-5588 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Seasoned coffee educators, trainers and professionals both local and abroad, guide a robust coffee education experience in manual brewing techniques, espresso techniques, milk steaming, and latte art. Competition heats up later in the week at the Kona Coffee Signature Beverage Throwdown.

Kona Coffee Gamble: 60 Years

Aloha Theatre 

79-7384 Hawaii Belt Rd., Kealakekua

7 p.m.

Take a fun trip down memory lane and see many familiar faces from the Kona community.  Recorded by Big Island TV in 1985, the film makes tribute to the struggles and triumphs of a family between 1924 and 1984, making a life of coffee farming in Kona. Free entry with festival button. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Kona Coffee Signature Beverage Throwdown

Kona Coffee & Tea

74-5588 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bringing the barista community together, this friendly competition gives participants a chance to apply their skills in a fun, high-energy environment. Winner takes all as local baristas work magic in their cup of 100% Kona coffee.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH – Veteran’s Day

Kona Coffee Village & General Store

Hale Halawai County Pavilion 

75-5760 Ali‘i Dr., Kailua-Kona 

1 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Certified cupping judges have spent three days scoring Kona’s top farms in the prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping competition and will be on-site to announce the winners.  Join us for some coffee education & samples from the top 10. Spend the afternoon enjoying the events at Hale Halawai including hands on crafts and family friendly activities, yummy food from a variety of food trucks and local artists & vendors including our festival featured artist.  Free entry with festival button. 

For vendor information visit konacoffeefest.com/festival-event-forms and click on KCCF Village & General Store.

Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night 

Hale Halawai County Pavilion 

75-5760 Ali‘i Dr., Kailua-Kona 

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kona’s talented folks take the stage with spirited multi-cultural musical and dance performances.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

Coconut Grove Marketplace

75-5809 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona

Half Marathon starts at 6:00 a.m.               

 

7th annual 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon. Run the scenic coast of Kailua-Kona down Ali’i Drive to the infamous “Pit” at the “End of the World”. Enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as you run your best race!

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Ho’olaule’a

Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport)
75-5500 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua-Kona 

Sponsored by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Ethnic Food Market

Festival of Arts & Crafts

All Day Entertainment

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lei Contest

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

A day of Kona coffee celebration with live entertainment, arts and crafts, an amazing lei contest, educational historic exhibits, ikebana and traditional Japanese calligraphy. Musical entertainment all day.

For vendor information visit konacoffeefest.com/festival-event-forms and look for Ho’olaule’a.

The Grand Finale…A Taste of Kona!

Courtyard by Marriott – King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Luau Grounds

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Doors open 5:30 p.m 

An evening of culinary delights featuring local Island Chefs and a fabulous silent auction. Music and dancing under the stars. No host cocktails. Event validation parking will be available. 

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at konacoffeefest.com/festival-event-forms and click on Grand Finale.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

Panel Discussion: Let’s Break It Down Talk Story + Potluck Brunch

Donkey Mill Art Center 

78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa

9:30 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.

 

Join us for a potluck brunch talk story with some of Kona’s prolific composters as they share about their efforts bringing compost and compost culture to the community through their work. RSVP at donkeymillartscenter.org. Event is free with a festival button.