Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ka‘ū Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers have one more festival to add to their calendar – the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival, May 1 - 2.

The Ka‘ū District is located on the southern side of Hawai‘i Island … about 2 hours from the Kona airport and about 1 hour from the Hilo Airport.  It is a vast, dry, rural region of fertile soil that produces exceptional coffee beans … thus Ka‘ū Coffee.  This relatively new specialty coffee has been placing among the top dozen of the finest coffees in the world at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) Roaster's Guild International Coffee of the Year Competition.

The second annual Ka'u Coffee Festival invites everyone to celebrate Ka'u's coveted crop over May Day Weekend, May 1 & 2. Most events are free, and will be held at the Pahala Community Center. Pahala Village is ideally located between Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach.
On Sat., May 1, events start at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m., including a ho'olaule'a (celebration) with food, Hawaiian music, hula, vendors, Ka'u Coffee tastings, a Ka'u Coffee recipe contest, farm tours, and appearances by Miss Ka'u Coffee and Miss Peaberry, who will be crowned after a competition on Mar. 27.

On Sun., May 2, sign up for the Ka'u Coffee College, free for Ka'u coffee farmers and $25 for the public. Meet the farmers (currently, Ka'u has nearly 50 coffee farms growing on approximately 400 acres), tour the farms and learn more about the art and science of coffee growing and processing. The new Ka'u Coffee Mill will also be open for tours.  Visit the festival website for tour schedules and more details.

Attendees can plan a fun weekend getaway in Ka'u, one of the most historically significant areas in all of Hawai'i. A selection of accommodations ranging from luxury inns to affordable B and B's and cottages, restaurants featuring local products, and lots of outdoor adventure await travelers. 

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Images - Ka‘ū Coffee Festival

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