Hawaii’s Oldest Food Festival Celebrates the Culture Behind Kona’s World Famous Cup of Coffee! Throughout the 10-day Festival, celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration, and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Holualoa Coffee and Art Stroll
A Stroll through historic Holualoa Village whilst tasting 37 carefully prepared brews of 100% Kona coffee served by the farmers themselves. Local gourmet food truck vendors will all be there as well. All of the fabulous Art studios will be open to wander through and enjoy. Cast your vote for your favorite brew at the “People’s Choice Award” voting booth.
Cost: $3 Festival Button
Location: Mamalahoa Highway through Holualoa town
10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Cultural Activities & Demonstrations with Local Artists
Lauhala Weaving guided by Nanette Bell & Carol Zakahi
Lauhala (from the Hawaiian word “lau,” which means leaf) is traditional plaited weaving using leaves from the hala tree to create useful and decorative items such as baskets, mats, hats and jewelry. Learn the basics of this wonderful tradition while creating coasters perfect for your coffee cup or giving as hostess gifts for the holidays out of natural, locally-harvested lauhala.
Ti Leaf Lei Making guided by Joy Kalea Omundson
Leis are traditionally given to express love, reverence, respect, congratulations and welcome. Learn the basic method of transforming green ti leaves into beautiful, twisted lei with demonstrations and instruction from respected lei-maker and hula practitioner Joy Kalea Omundson. Joy will also share samples of other lei, and discuss their distinct meanings. We will have materials on hand for you to try this ancient craft for yourself, and take home a lei of your own making.
‘Ohe Kāpala: Traditional Bamboo Stamping guided by George Place
Experiment with authentic ‘ohe kāpala, Hawaiian stamps traditionally used to create intricate repetitive designs on kapa. One stamp can produce hundreds of different designs on paper or cloth (paper will be provided for the purposes of this workshop), playing on both positive and negative space. The stamps also can be combined to create more complex narrative designs. All tools and supplies will be provided, and students may keep their finished stampings.
Papermaking with Wauke Fiber guided by Gerald Lucena
Join us during the Kona Coffee Festival to experience papermaking with Gerald Lucena and friends. Participants will learn about wauke (Hawaiian mulberry) and the Japanese method of fine art paper making. Each participant will create one 4”x6” sheet and bookmark to take home. Made possible by KCCF.
Cost: Festival button and $5 suggested donation per activity
Location: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm: #coffeelover: A Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibition & Juried Show
This exhibition, housed in a restored coffee mill, now a vibrant regional art center, showcases authentic works by local artists in various mediums exploring Kona’s coffee culture. Stop by to view the exhibition, taste some local coffee and browse handmade coffee-themed work by great artists.
Cost: $3 Festival Button Required
Location: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Hōlualoa, HI 96725