Celebrate with Ka`u Coffee Growers during the third annual Ka’O Coffee Festival Ho’olaule’a on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Pāhala Community Center. Offering local foods, culture and visits to coffee farms. Sample some of the world’s finest coffee and taste entries in the Ka‘ū Coffee Recipe Contest.
Join the Celebration with farmer Bull Kailiawa, whose coffee took first in Hawai‘i and the U.S.A. in the Specialty Coffee Association’s and Roasters Guild International Coffees of the Year competition. The honor marks the fifth straight year Ka‘ū Coffee is recognized as one of the top coffees in the world. Kailiawa and the other two growers who have won this award are neighboring farmers in Moa‘ula on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. They are all former sugar workers who went into coffee after the Ka‘ū plantation and mill shut down in 1996.
Also attending is Farmer Lorie Obra and her Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka‘ū Coffee. The Obra family helped Pete Licata of Honolulu Coffee Co. achieve first place in the annual United States Barista Championship following his Western Region win.
Headline entertainment will be One Journey, the songwriting and performing band from one of the smallest high schools in the Islands, who won the statewide Brown Bags to Stardom talent contest on April 23 in Honolulu. One Journey sold out its album, is ranked in the top six in the Brown Bags music video awards competition to be decided in June.
Reigning over the Ka’u Coffee Festival will be with Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Brandy Shibuya, who won her title April 23 at the annual Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Pageant, along with Young Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Dayse Meleani Andrade and Miss Ka‘ū Peaberry Rebecca Lynn Kailiawa-Escobar. The trio and their courts represented Ka‘ū in the recent Merrie Monarch Parade.
Festival admission on Saturday is free, taste of Ka‘ū Coffee on Saturday is $5, and Farm tours are $10 throughout the day.
The May 15th Ka‘ū Coffee College is also a tradition, featuring classes from coffee marketers, processors and tasting experts. Coffee farmers invite everyone to visit their farms to learn about the process of producing outstanding coffees, with another day of farm tours. Starting at 9am at Pāhala Community Center.
For more information about this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at (808) 885-5022.