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Call for Entries: 47th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Seeks Signature Art

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, announces its Call for Art Entries for the official image of the 2017 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Local artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms including fine art, graphic design and photography. Artwork should reflect the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage.

The winning design will become the official image of the 2017 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and will be featured on all official Festival merchandise including the Festival button, event poster and retail merchandise. The winning design will also be featured on the Festival’s magazine cover, website and other promotional materials.

Artists of traditional media including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate. Artists are encouraged to be inspired by Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage. Typography should not be included within the art. There is no entry fee to participate and the competition is open to all Hawaii Island residents 18 and older.

Ownership of entry copyright: By submitting artwork into this contest, the winning artist agrees to assign all ownership rights and copyright of the art to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival for the 2017 Festival.

Artwork submissions are due by Friday, April 14, 2017 and should be delivered to Malia Bolton at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company located at 74-5588 Palani Rd, or entries can be submitted electronically via email to maliabolton@gmail.com. Be sure to include “Festival Submission” in the subject line with electronic entries.

“Kona Coffee – 100% Gourmet” 2012 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Theme Call to Artists

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, the organization responsible for preserving, perpetuating and promoting Kona’s 184-years of unique coffee heritage, unveiled the 2012 theme of the 42nd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This year’s theme “Kona Coffee-100% Gourmet” highlights the distinctive history and culture of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans that celebrate Kona’s hand-picked, gourmet coffee.

As an important component of each year’s Festival artists are invited to submit their work, inspired by the 2012 theme, for the opportunity to be the featured artwork of the 42nd Annual Festival. The winning artwork will be the feature on the 2012 Festival’s button, poster, t-shirt, website, magazine and other promotional materials, giving the winning artist great exposure among the thousands of festival-goers.

The Festival is looking for paintings that clearly express the theme of this year’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival “Kona Coffee-100% Gourmet.” The winning artist will receive a complimentary booth to show their artwork at several events during the Festival’s 10-days and a feature article in the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival magazine.

Submission details:

  • Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 9, 2012. The winning artist will be notified in writing.
  • The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has full image usage rights in perpetuity for the 2012 Festival winning artwork and for any future Festival needs.
  • Submissions may be original artwork or a digital file of art. The winning artist may be asked to work with the Festival to prepare a final image.
  • If submitting artwork electronically, file should be at 300 dpi, approximately 8″ in its longest dimension. Winning art if submitted digitally may require a higher resolution file for print collateral.
  • Most Festival promotional collateral is either vertical or square.
  • No typography should be in the artwork.
  • Please include a short artist bio with each submission. A description of the submission is optional but not required.

Submissions should be delivered on or before Monday, April 9, 2012 to Malia Bolton, Kona Coffee & Tea Company, 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kailua Kona or electronically at maliabolton@gmail.com, with subject line “festival submission.”

For more information or to request a copy of the artwork rules and guidelines, contact Malia Bolton at 808-896-7907.

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.