Focusing on the local products, resources and people of the majestic district of Ka‘u, the sixth annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival is May 2-11. Taste, see and enjoy Ka‘u crops—and meet the hard-working people who grow them—during numerous activities at several venues over the 10-day festival.
Enter the “Buy Local, It Matters” contest for a chance to win! Simply bring a receipt, product label or business card from one of the event’s local sponsors. Details at www.kaucoffeefestival.com.
The new Pa‘ina Open House kicks off the fun May 2, followed by Taste Success: the 4th Ka‘u Farmers Table at Kalaekilohana Inn and Retreat May 3. Ka’u Coffee Mill is the location of activities May 4 with The Triple C Recipe Contest—starring Ka‘u coffee in cookies, crackers and cakes—and the Miss Ka’u Coffee Pageant.
Explore the agricultural district’s plans for hydroelectric power on the Ka‘u Mountain Water System Hike May 7. Coffee & Cattle Day offers a tour through a working ranch with a buffet lunch and Ka‘u Star Gazing are May 9.
Festival fun culminates 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10 at the free Pahala Community Center. On Saturday, enjoy the Ka‘u Coffee Festival Ho‘olaule‘a, with a full day of Hawaiian performing arts, broke ‘da mouth local food, crafts, product and informational booths and guided coffee tastings. Coffee farm tours, with van transport, are $20.
Ho‘olaule‘a performers include Bolo, Keoki & the ‘Ukulele Kids, Demetrius Olivera and Keaiwa, Hands of Time, Moses & Eunice, Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu of Volcano with Kumu Hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia, plus Halau Hula O Leionalani with Kumu Debbie Ryder.
On Sunday, May 11, the Ka‘u Coffee College offers seminars by leaders in the specialty coffee industry: Mark Inman, a seed-to-cup sustainability pioneer and Blake Hanacek, a proponent of sustainable rural development and agribusiness management. Also appearing is Robert Curtiss, plant pest control manager with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. Admission is free, donations appreciated.
All activities are open to the public; for details on ticketed events and full festival info, visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.