Short Future of Hawaii’s Pure Kona Coffee Fest
The first pure Kona coffee tree was planted in Kona by missionary Samuel Ruggles in 1828 or 1829. These first arabica trees were taken from cuttings planted on Oahu a few years earlier. Coffee and pure Kona were a perfect match – Kona with its rich volcanic soil, hard-working family farmers, and perfect climatic conditions. Taste pure Kona’s coffee and you’ll sense its strength, the hand-picked quality that sets it apart.
The first written mention of coffee in Kona was noted in 1840. Coffee was planted in several locations around the Big Island but was best suited to the Kona district. A few coffee fields are now in production outside Kona, but the vast majority of coffee is grown right here.
Working these tropical coffee fields has always been laborious because everything – from planting to picking – is done by hand. Native Hawaiians and Chinese laborers first worked the large coffee plantations owned by Caucasians in the mid- to late-1800s. During the 1880s and early 1890s, Japanese immigrants began their coffee legacy in these same pure Kona Coffee fields.
When the world coffee market crashed in 1899, the large plantations shifted to small Japanese-owned family farms. As the plantations gave up, land was divided into small 3- to 5-acre parcels and leased to the laborers. The cost of these early leases were one-half the crop, and by 1910, only Japanese coffee farms survived. The first Filipinos arrived to work pure Kona coffee farms about 1920, picking coffee during the season and returning to the sugar fields in the spring.
Today many pure Kona Coffee farmers can lay claim to being fifth generation coffee farmers. Pure Kona Coffee is an economic mainstay of Kona, where farmers continue the tradition and honor their heritage with every harvest.
Pure Kona Coffee Hawaiian Dynasty Connection.
It’s a rarely recognized fact, but one of the mainstays of the world famous Pure Kona coffee industry is an institution that has never planted a coffee tree, never harvested a crop and never roasted a bean. And, likely, many coffee farmers hard at work in the field give little thought to the fact that the land from which they gather their harvest has a direct connection to King Kamehameha the Great, the warrior king who first united the Hawaiian Islands.
In her Will Pauahi directed that her lands be used to generate income for the creation and operation of the Kamehameha Schools, and that the lands not be sold, so that the schools would be supported forever. In carrying out the terms of her Will, the trustees of the Princess’ estate were instrumental in creating the long-term agricultural leasehold system which continues to serve both the schools and Kona’s coffee growers today. Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate owns 295,000 acres of land on the island of Hawaii. Of that, nearly half has been in agricultural use for more than a century.
Pure Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour @ Kona Historical Society
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm
Stroll through this historic farm on a self-guided tour that reveals the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. Walk among the coffee trees, meet a “Kona Nightingale,” and watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Special $10 rate with Festival button, available for purchase on-site.
Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade @ Historic Kailua Village
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
100% Pure Kona Coffee @ Coconut Grove Marketplace
Nov 10 @ 5:30 am – 11:00 am
Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll @ Historic Holualoa Village
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pure Kona Coffee Picking & Farm Experience @ Hawaii Kona Coffee Estate
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2 Tours available: 10 a.m. – Noon & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tour this majestic coffee farm, try your hand at picking ripe coffee cherry and witness how the harvest transforms to coffee in your cup. As a special bonus, take home a 2 oz. bag of fresh roasted 100% Kona Coffee. No reservations required.
Hawaii Miss Pure Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant @ New Location! Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm
Hawaii Island’s talented contestants compete for the coveted Miss Pure Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii titles. Tickets $30 plus Festival button.
Pure Kona Coffee Recipe Contest @ New Location!
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kona Historical Society’s Farm Fest 2018 @ Kona Coffee Farm
Nov 11 @ 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm
As a must-see event of the Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, this year’s theme, “Tales of Kona,” highlights the heritage of the Kona community. Come hear unique Kona stories and experience diverse forms of storytelling in Hawaii. The event will feature local music and entertainment, celebrity chef Sam Choy, kupuna talk story, specialty food vendors, community artists and cultural practitioners, hands-on family activities, pop-up exhibit, historic farmhouse and coffee mill interpretive programs, and more.
Kona Coffee Beer, Wine and Coffee Pairing @ Kona Coffee Tea
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sweet and savory small plate tastings are paired with beer, wine and Pure Kona coffee while light, smooth music rounds out the evening event.
Aloha Makahiki Concert @ Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport)
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Makahiki blessing in an ancient hula style by Kumu Hula Mika Keale-Goto with Halau Keale from Kona and Japan. Award-winning Hawaiian traditional slack key music and hula.
Pure Kona Coffee Talent Night @ Aloha Theater
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Kona’s talented folks take the stage with spirited multi-cultural musical and dance performances throughout the evening.
Kona Coffee Cultural Demonstrations & Workshops @ Makaeo County Pavilion
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Local artisans from Hawaii’s multi-ethnic groups will share their know-how with hands-on crafts including Hawaiian quilting, lauhala weaving, Kanji Japanese calligraphy, lei making and more.
Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Ho’olaule’a @ Makaeo County Pavilion
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A multi-generational, multi-cultural celebration of all things Pure Kona coffee. Hands-on cultural demonstrations, popular Ethnic Food Market, the Festival of Arts & Crafts and all-day live entertainment, one of Hawaii’s most popular entertainers. Enjoy the beautiful lei contest, participate in traditional Hawaiian poi making, ikebana, traditional Japanese calligraphy and visit the heritage display. All day fun for the entire ohana (family).
Miss Pure Kona Coffee Scholarship Fundraising Bowling Party @ KBXtreme
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A great evening for family fun, team building or a friends night out. Three hours of unlimited cosmic bowling, no bowling experience necessary and lots of prize giveaways.