Kona Coffee Festival in Full Swing

It’s that time of year again when Kona celebrates all things coffee during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2012. The festivities kicked off last weekend in Holualoa with the Village Coffee & Art stroll, where visitors wandered art galleries and boutiques while sampling 100-percent Kona coffee. Here at Holualoa Inn, we invited visitors to tour our historic coffee estate and see first-hand our newly unveiled Malulani Pavilion, the perfect venue for receptions, gatherings, meetings and special events.

Last week, coffee pickers of all ages participated in the UCC Hawai‘i Kona Coffee Picking Contest, also held in Holualoa. Festival-goers got the chance to try their hand at picking ripe coffee cherry fresh off the tree. With the festival still in full swing, this coming Thursday, the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition will present the finalists chosen by a panel of expert judges for the prestigious title of best Kona coffee. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou.

For the grand finale, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Parade takes place on Saturday, November 10 in Historic Kailua Village. Floats, marching bands and lanterns light up the parade route as the local community celebrates Kona’s coffee heritage. The festival concludes on Sunday, November 11 at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, where the Aloha Makahiki Concert showcases top musicians and hula halau performing traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

Located in the heart of Kona coffee country, Holualoa Inn occupies a 30-acre estate brimming with more than 5,000 coffee trees as well as an abundance of tropical botanicals, fruit orchards, and edible gardens. Guests wake up to the aroma of our own freshly brewed Kona coffee, grown right here on the beautiful grounds of the Inn.

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