SAVE THE DATE: November 3rd-12th, 2023!
Our 2022 Festival kicks off November 4th for 10 days of events that promote Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supports the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage!
Our Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is as unique as the many hands that grow it, and we are so proud to lead the harvest celebration.”
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival President
Miss Kona Coffee is a scholarship competition offering valuable scholarships through its major sponsor UCC Coffee. We are affiliated with the Miss Hawaii & Miss America Organizations and thus Miss Kona Coffee & Miss Aloha Hawai’i have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Hawaii competition.
Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp. is a proud presenting sponsor of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition.
Candidates competed on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at the 51st Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition in four categories private interviews, on stage interview and social impact pitch, talent and red carpet. Six young women vied for the coveted title in an evening of song, dance and nostalgic performances in front of a crowded theatre and also via livestream!
Shyla Victor was crowned Miss Kona Coffee 2023 at the Scholarship Competition at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Shyla won the On Stage Interview and Social Impact Pitch & Red Carpet phases of competition as well as our Miss Photogenic and Miss Popularity awards. As winner of the competition, Shyla received a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of Ueshima Coffee Company, a $22,000 Cosmetology Program Scholarship to the Big Island Beauty Academy, accommodation and wardrobe assistance to compete in the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Competition, a 1-year gym membership to Pacific Island Fitness and a sterling silver engraved Hawaiian bracelet courtesy of Lehua Jewelers among other scholarships & prizes!
Kaili Yuen danced her way into our hearts and truly shined on that stage and was crowned Miss Aloha Hawai’i 2023. Kaili has been involved in our program over the last few years and we are truly honored to have her represent us as a titleholder this year! After completing 901 hours of community service in the last two years, Kaili was awarded our coveted community service award and her fellow candidates voted her Miss Congeniality! As our Miss Aloha Hawai’i 2023, Kaili received a $3,000 scholarship courtesy of Ueshima Coffee Company, a $9,000 Aesthetics scholarship to the Big Island Beauty Academy, accommodation and wardrobe assistance to compete in the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Competition , a 1-year gym membership to Pacific Island Fitness and a sterling silver engraved Hawaiian bracelet courtesy of Lehua Jewelers among other scholarships & prizes!
Shyla & Kaili will represent the Kona Coffee Culture Festival, our rich Kona Coffee history & industry and Hawai’i Island at the 76th Miss Hawaii Scholarship Competition in June 2023. We want to extend a huge mahalo to all of our sponsors, contributors and volunteers who helped make this year’s competition a success. For a complete list of these generous companies and individuals and for more information on our our organization, visit https://misskonacoffee.org.
PC: Hiki Photography – Pakelakahiki Kaaua
The Little Miss Kona Coffee Program plants pageantry seeds in young hearts that they too may desire to continue to grow in it as they develop skills for self-confidence, poise, gain scholarships for their future and to have a heart of service for their community. We offer opportunities from a young age and nurture their growth to become stronger candidates for Miss Kona Coffee, Miss Aloha Hawaii, Miss Hawaii and Miss America.
PC: Kirk Shorte Photography
The first Miss America to be crowned from Hawai‘i got her start in the Miss Kona Coffee pageant. In 1988, Carolyn Suzanne Sapp won the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s title, then moved to the state competition, and then following year, the nation!
Brewing the perfect cup is an exact science of identifying roast profiles and characteristics of the cup and requires a lot of expertise. There are no shortcuts in each step taken to cultivate Kona’s coffee from farm to cup. The farmer, specific growing areas in Kona, weather, microclimates and varietal all influence the cup.
During the prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, cupping judges, trained as Licensed Q Graders, will evaluate single estate farms and large farm coffee entries in a double blind tasting enduring objectivity. Farms from across the Kona coffee belt enter their best beans to put before these judges who scrutinize their harvest. After evaluating each cup’s coffee characteristics including aroma, body, sweetness, and acidity, judges give each cup a score, and the scores are tallied up. The field gets cut back until a final round is cupped, awarding two farms with the prestigious winning score. Sounds like science best left to the cupping judges.
Judges cup their way through over 55 Kona coffee farm entries! Kona Classic entries are single estate farms and the Kona Crown Division is set aside for larger farms and professional processing mills including known brands sold to Kona coffee aficionados around the world. Yet, both divisions share common rules for entering the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.
All coffee entered must be 100% Kona coffee, grown solely in the district of Kona on the island of Hawaii. State of Hawaii law requires that any coffee labeled as Kona coffee must be of grade Prime or better.
Kona coffee farms are entered in two competitive divisions, Kona Classic and Kona Crown, separate single estate and larger farms.
2022 Kona Farm Direct
2021 Geisha Kona Coffee Farm
2020 NO COMPETITION
2019 Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
2018 Monarch Coffee
2016 Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
2015 Aikane Kona Coffee
2014 Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
2013 Mountain Thunder
2012 Kona RainForest Farm
2011 Kainaliu Kona Coffee Company
2010 Buddha’s Cup
2009 Wolf Farms
2008 Hoshide Farms
2007 Kona Old Style/Kuaiwi Farm
2006 Pearl Estate Organics
2005 Rancho Aloha
2004 Lafayette Coffee
2003 Kona Coffee & Tea Company
2002 Koa Coffee Plantation
2001 Wood Captain Cook Estate
2000 The Other Farm
1999 Dragon Roast Coffee
1998 Brockston Gate Estate
1997 Terry Fitzgerald Estate
1996 Keokea Kona Farm
1995 Kona Kulana Farms
1994 Perry Estate Farms
1993 Keopu Mauka Lani Plantation
1992 Kona Kulana Farms
1991 Wailapa Farms
1990 Island Girl Coffee
1989 Wailapa Farms
1988 Faye Takashiba
1987 Tojiro Motoki
2022 86.13 Ka’awaloa Trail Farm
2021 85.6 Aikane Kona Coffee
2020 NO COMPETITION
2019 82.13 Holualoa Kona Coffee Co.
2017 Onila Farms – Artisanal Division – Modern Profile
2017 Castaway Bay Kona Coffee – Artisanal Division – Heritage Profile
2017 Arianna Farms ‘Ono Kona Coffee – Commercial Division – Heritage Profile
2022 Imagine 100% Kona Coffee
2021 Hawaiian Queen Coffee
2020 NO COMPETITION
2019 Hawaiian Queen Coffee
2018 Kona Coffee & Tea Company
2016 Kona Gold Rum Coffee Company, LLC
2015 Arianna Farms ‘Ono Kona Coffee
2014 Hawaiian Queen Coffee
2013 Hawaiian Queen Coffee
2012 Arianna Farms ‘Ono Kona Coffee
2011 Arianna Farms ‘Ono Kona Coffee
2009 Kona Coffee & Tea Company
2008 Kowali Farms
2007 Arianna Farms ‘Ono Kona Coffee
Professional Savory 1st Place awarded to Greg Anderson, Sugars BBQ & Desserts, for his Kona Beef Brisket with Bourbon Coffee BBQ Sauce
Professional Sweet 1st Place awarded to Lori Collins, for her Kona Coffee Mousse
Amateur Savory 1st Place awarded to Lezleigh Bignami, for her Kona Coffee Vanilla Posole
Amateur Sweet 1st Place awarded to Victoria Lynn Morse, for her Kona Coffee Crunch Sourdough Granola
College Culinary Student Sweet 1st Place awarded to Kai Kale of UHH West HI Palamanui, for his Kona Coffee Eclair
Keiki Snacks 1st Place awarded to Sophia Mastroleo of Konawaena High School for her Kona Coffee Cream Puffs with Coffee and Cream Cheese Filling
Pacific Coffee Research and Kona Coffee & Tea teamed up again for the Kona Coffee Festival Signature Beverage Throwdown! The throwdown is a head-to-head, sudden death match with the winner of each round advancing and the loser is eliminated. Baristas show off their skills for a team of judges and coffee enthusiasts. Judges are versed in their latte art and quickly evaluate each cup on creativity, difficulty, color infusion and symmetry.
To help prepare, Kona Coffee & Tea hosts a barista training night where seasoned coffee educators, trainers and professionals guide a robust coffee education experience in manual brewing techniques, espresso techniques, milk steaming and latte art.
Ho’omaika’i to the winner of the 2022 Signature Beverage Throwdown, Alaka’i Kapanui, head roaster for Pacific Coffee Research!
2022 FESTIVAL STARTS BREWING NOVEMBER 4th-13th!