Kona Coffee Festival Captures Prestigious Visitor Industry Marketing Award

Media Release:

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is a proud recipient of this year’s Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Visitor Industry Marketing Award presented to the Festival at the Chamber’s recent annual membership meeting.

L to R: Norman Sakata, Governor Abercrombie, Miss Aloha Hawaii, Mel Morimoto

L to R: Norman Sakata, Governor Abercrombie, Miss Aloha Hawaii, Mel Morimoto

Since 1979, the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce has recognized leaders in West Hawaii through this award for their dedication and hard work in the community. The Pualu Awards (literally meaning to work together) recognizes recipients for their outstanding commitment to the community.

The Visitor Industry Marketing Award acknowledged the grass roots Kona Coffee Cultural Festival organization for its efforts to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique 180+year coffee heritage.

“The Festival is quite honored to accept this generous award. Each year, The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates our community and the pioneers who laid the foundation for the successful Kona coffee industry we have today. We want to thank everyone including visitors to our island home for supporting the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival for more than forty years, ” stated Norman Sakata, President, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival promotes ag-tourism annually during the November shoulder season with the intention that visitors and residents discover and experience Kona coffee and the unique history, heritage and lifestyle. Each year the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival hosts over forty special events during its 10-day schedule from farm tours, coffee workshops to picking contests, visitors and residents have every opportunity to participate.

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