The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona Coffee Festival

The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

November 3, 2017 through November 12, 2017

Kona Coffee Festival The Kona Coffee Festival recognizes the achievements of Kona’s coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans. This award-winning coffee fest is recognized as the oldest and most successful food festival in Hawaii. The festival starts Friday, November 3 and runs through Sunday, November 12, 2017. The festival includes 10 days of events honoring Kona coffees cultural heritage.

Festival Events include:

  • A Lantern Parade.  Historic Kailua Village. Nov 3, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Watch as the lantern parade winds its way through Historic Kailua Village with its glowing procession of light, music and color. And finally culminating with an evening bon dance at Hale Halawai.
  • The Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll.  In historic Holualoa Village. Nov 4 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Stroll through the art district of quaint Holualoa Village. While strolling visit galleries exhibiting an extensive collection of local artists. Also over 30 Kona coffee farms join the festivities offering tastings and products for purchase.

  • The Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa – Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Nov 4 – 5:30 pm. The Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant is hosted by the Kona Coffee Fest each November. A big mahalo to the scholarship sponsor – Ueshima Coffee Company, Ltd. 

    The newly crowned winner will also travel to Japan to promote Kona, it’s special coffee and the industry.

  • The Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa – Kaleiopapa Convention Center. Nov 5 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Big Island Showcase opens at 10 a.m.  Featuring Hawaii Island products, gifts, and opportunities to buy farmer-direct Kona coffee. Also amateurs, culinary students and professional chefs present their favorite sweet and savory recipes . All featuring 100% Kona Coffee. Keiki (children) showcase sweet or savory snacks. Recipe contest doors open at 11 a.m.
    • You’ll experience:
      • Cooking demonstrations.
      • Judging & award presentations.
      • Public tasting to follow.

More Events:

  • Kona Coffee Cultural Fest Ho’olaule’a. Makaeo County Pavilion. Nov 11 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A celebration of all things Kona coffee.
    • Ho’olaule’a vents include:
      • Hands-on cultural demonstrations.
      • An ethnic food market.
      • The Festival of Arts & Crafts.
      • Additionally, all-day live entertainment.

Enjoy the beautiful lei contest. Participate in traditional Hawaiian poi making, ikebana and traditional Japanese calligraphy.  Also visit the heritage display. Indeed, all day fun for the entire ohana (family).

  • Kona Coffee Council Farm & Mill Tour Leaves from Keauhou Shopping Center.  Nov 7 and 10th – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. You will visit three working coffee farms in Kona. The fee of $75 includes your transportation and a box lunch. Pick up and drop off located in front of Regal Keauhou Stadium 7 Theatres in the Keauhou Shopping Center. Reservations required; book online at www.kona-coffee-council.com.
  • Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour – November 3-10, 2017. Daily at 2:00 pm. $10 with festival button (available for purchase on site). 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 and meet a “Kona Nightingale”.  Also discover how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry Kona’s world-famous coffee.

Festival Calendar of Events and more info at konacoffeefest.com

Learn More about Kona Coffee Family Farms!

 Learn about Kona Coffee Family Farms in Hawaii

Information about Kona Coffee Family Farms in Kona

Family Farms - Kona Coffee TreesKona coffee family farms are found in the district of Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the youngest of the island chain. Furthermore they are on the Hualalai and Mauna Loa mountains western slopes. In the Kona Coffee Belt.  On the leeward side of the Big island. For these reasons and more Kona is the tiny area of the world where the world’s best coffee is found.
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Kona – The perfect growing environment for coffee.

Hualalai Mountain the home of the Kona Coffee belt.

Kona’s coffee growing environment and conditions

Kona Coffee PlantationKona is the perfect coffee growing environment in the United States and arguably, in the world. Kona combines the exacting combination of sun, soil, shade and water that coffee trees thrive in.

Coffee is an extremely temperamental crop, but coffee trees take perfectly to sunny mornings cloudy, rainy and humid afternoons.
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The History of Hawaiian Coffee and Kona Coffee

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The History of the World’s Best Coffee: Hawaiian Coffee

Hawaiian coffee has a rich history of coffee production, though it is a relative newcomer to the coffee industry. Mark Twain said  Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other.

Samuel Reverend Ruggles introduced it in 1828 from arabica cuttings he brought from Brazil.  Coffee grows very efficiently in Kona on both large and small plantations.
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Java Lovers, Beware of the Coffee Borer Beetle!

Bearer Borer Beetle

Kona Coffee is at risk as the coffee borer beetle destroys coffee crops!

Coffee Borer Beetle
Coffee Bearer Borer Beetle

Some know it as the berry borer beetle or the coffee borer beetle. However, this African pest is now invading Kona and is a real threat to its coffee. This pest is about 1.5 mm long. Females can fly short distances but the males do not have wings. The beetle costs the coffee industry over $500 million each year. Due to Kona’s small harvest, a coffee borer beetle infestation would be devastating.
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Kona Coffee Farms in the State of Hawaii

Kona Coffee Plantation

A Complete List of Kona Coffee Farms

There’s nothing like visiting Kona coffee farms if you’re looking for a complete coffee experience when you visit Hawaii.  Unless you’ve flown direct to Kona, you’ll probably have to take an interisland flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona International Airport is located outside the town at Keahole Point. If you’re in Hilo, you can drive to Kona, but it takes about two and half hours (one way) to get there on the old scenic roads.
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The First Settlements in Hawaii by the Polynesians

The first settlements in Hawaii

When did people first come to Hawaii?

The first settlements in Hawaii appeared around 300-600 A.D. The first people to reach Hawaii were Polynesians who came to the island from the Marquesas Islands. These settlers built their homes near the ocean and started farming, providing food for themselves while on the island. These first settlers have lived on the island hundreds of years until the next group of settlers arrived, also Polynesians, but from Tahiti. The Tahitians did not want to co-exist along with the Polynesian farmers, so they exiled them to the mountains. Tahitians lived on the Hawaiian Islands until James Cook and his crew arrived in the late 1700s.

The First Settlements in Hawaii Were Farmers and Fishermen

The first settlements in Hawaii
Sunset in Hawaii

While on Hawaiian Islands, the Polynesians were providing for themselves through farming and fishing. They did not arrive at the island empty-handed; on the ships, they brought their native seeds and plants, like taro and sugar cane, along with animals, including pigs and chickens. Since the first settlements, the agricultural tradition continued with Hawaiians for a long time. During the King’s rule, the islands were divided into several regions, or ahupua’a, with chieftains in charge and their people, farmers and fishermen. The King divided the land in such way that each region had zones with mountaintops, shoreline, and the farming area in between. Fishermen took their places on the shores, in specific areas. Ahupua’a system also promoted trading between the lands to make sure all of them prosper.

What Was the Culture of the First Settlers?

The first settlements in Hawaii
Hawaiian Hula Dancers

Besides the plants and animals native to their homeland, the first settlers from Polynesia brought their traditions, crafts, and religious beliefs. Consequently, Polynesian ancestry influenced Hawaiian native customs and traditions. However, Hawaiians perfected and refined the cultural aspects of Polynesian traditions. One of the examples is the clothing that Hawaiian settlers were making. While they used the same material, kapa, for their clothing, Hawaiians were more creative with the material than their ancestors. They used pigments from vegetables to dye their clothes in different colors. Moreover, they used flowers to make the clothes fragrant. They also stamped their clothing with bamboo to create patterns. Among other cultural aspects are physical and recreational activities. Hawaiians had competitions with neighboring lands in athletics, swimming, and games.

The People of Hawaii in the Present Day

Hawaiians do their best to preserve their cultural heritage. Many natives participate in the arts and crafts dating back to their early ancestors. The people of Hawaii have a very close connection to nature, and it is perhaps the reason why they have a tight connection with the traditions of their ancestors. The Hawaiians are very kind and hospitable. Their culture is known for its welcoming and inviting spirit. Hawaiian unique greeting “Aloha” expresses their spirit of goodness and harmony. Ordinarily, sources sometimes refer to it as “the spirit of Aloha”. This harmonious spirit of Aloha is born from Hawaiian deep love and respect from nature, which they inherited from their ancestors.

 

 

 

Englishmen and the Discovery of Hawaii

Hawaii

Who Is Responsible for the Discovery of Hawaii?

Captain James Cook's statue in New Zealand Discovery of Hawaii
Captain James Cook’s statue in New Zealand

Captain James Cook, the English explorer, became the first European to discover Hawaii islands on January 18, 1778. Cook was a captain in the Royal Navy, as well as navigator, explorer, and cartographer. Captain Cook’s created detailed maps of Canadian island Newfoundland. Moreover, he went on three trips to the Pacific Ocean, discovered the eastern coastline of Australia and Hawaii. Captain Cook also traveled around New Zealand.

How Did Cook Discover Hawaii?

Captain James Cook was sailing past the island of Oahu with his crew. Then he came across the eastern coastline of Hawaiian Islands. After two days of sailing, Cook landed at the island of Kauai. Captain Cook also came up with the name for the island group he discovered. Cook called Hawaii  the Sandwich Islands in honor of one of his patrons, the earl of Sandwich.

What Did Captain Cook Discover before He Came to Hawaii?

Before he discovered Hawaii, Captain James Cook was a lieutenant on a Royal Navy ship Endeavor. It was back in 1768. Together with his crew, Cook was mapping the course of planet Venus. Traveling for the following three years, Cook has explored New Zealand and Australia. Furthermore, he went with his crew around the globe.

Captain Cook’s Landing in Hawaii

Hawaiians welcomed Cook and his crew. They found the captain’s ships and Europeans’ use of iron intriguing. Englishmen began trading with Hawaiians. Captain Cook and his crew traded metal and iron nails. Consequently, they managed to maintain provisions on the ship. However, neither Cook nor his crew stayed in Kauai for long. After leaving the place, the explorers continued north. They wanted to find the end of the northwestern passage between North Atlantic and Pacific oceans. After one more year of sailing, Cook’s ships returned to Hawaii and docked in the safety of Kealakekua Bay.

Relationship Between Hawaiians and Englishmen

Hawaii, Discovery of Hawaii
Hawaiian arts and crafts

Captain’s ships landed in Hawaii for the second time. Englishmen believed that the local population associates their arrival with some religious symbolism. Cook and his crew arrived at the time of the Makahiki festival. The Makahiki was dedicated to the Hawaiian god of fertility, Lono. Locals saw it as a sign and welcomed and treated them as gods. Englishmen shamelessly abused the hospitality of Hawaiians. However, when one of the crew members passed away, locals realized they were people just like them. This changed the relationships between the two. In the beginning of 1779, Cook wanted to return to England, but one of his ships were damaged during the storm and they had to return to Hawaii.

When Englishmen came back, the Makahiki had ended and nobody was happy to see them. Hawaiians threw rocks at them and stole an item from their ship. While Cook tried to negotiate with the Hawaiian King to return the item, the King was murdered. Locals gathered and attacked Cook and his crew. Many men were killed, including Captain Cook. Once Englishmen went back to the ship, they fired cannons at the locals, killing some of them. Eventually, the ships returned to England.

The discovery of Hawaii by Captain James Cook is an important event in history. However, the discovery was tainted because of how Englishmen tried to exploit Hawaiians.

 

 

What is the meaning of the name Kona?

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The Meaning of the Name Kona

The word Kona exists in many languages across the world. Additionally, the translations from different languages vary. Also translations from Hawaiian are different depending on the source. By combining several translations from Hawaiian, we can relate the meaning of the name Kona to Kona Coffee.

Kona Winds

Definition:  southwesterly winter wind in Hawaii, often strong and bringing rain. Trade winds are the typical winds in Hawaii. Trade winds are the prevailing pattern of easterly surface winds usually blowing in Hawaii. When the wind changes and becomes southwesterly,  these are known as the “Kona Winds”. 

Kona District

Kailua Kona. Ships visiting and
Kailua-Kona: Visiting ships, Kailua Bay and Kailua Pier.

Kona is the name of the sunny district on Hawaii Island, with its largest town Kailua-Kona. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii derives from the meaning of Kailua. Kailua means “two seas”. Kailua Bay is where two currents meet. Furthermore one of the translations of the word Kona has given the name to this district. It signifies “dry side of the island” or “leeward”. The district takes up an expansive area of the island. It stretches from Manuka Park (Kau) to the south of Anaehoomalu Bay (Waikoloa Beach Resort).

Kona’s district has rich history. You can join walking tours to observe its landmarks. One of the historical events you might know about Kona includes the final years spent by King Kamehameha in Kailua-Kona. In addition, many know about the arrival and eventually death of Captain James Cook in Kealakekua Bay. There are also two large national historic parks, Honaunau and Kaloko-Honokohau. There you can explore the beautiful nature and historic landmarks of the district.

 

Kona Coffee

Coffee GrinderKona Coffee is the gem of Kona District and ordinarily it received its name. This type of coffee has a great advantage over other types of coffee you can find across the world. Its advantages come from the unique location and environment, especially rich volcanic soil of Mauna Loa and Hualalai Mountains.

To learn more about the past and the present of Kona Coffee, you can read about coffee farming in Kona District, Hawaii. Moreover, you can view the images of Kona Coffee trees, flowers (“Kona Snow”) and cherries.

Kona Fun – Baby Names

The name Kona is used as a baby name for both girls and boys in Hawaii. One of the translations of the word signifies “lady”. This makes it a beautiful name for a baby girl. Moreover, the name also means “origin, popularity, and the world rule”. This translation makes it an attractive name for baby boys, too. Ordinarily, Kona seems to be a popular name for Hawaiian children.

Meanings Combined in Kona Coffee

Kona Snow - Kona Coffee blossoms as it pertains to the meaning of the name Kona
Kona Coffee blossoms aka “Kona Snow”

Kona Coffee Flowers – “Kona Snow”You may ask, “How can I relate these meanings to kona coffee?” Let’s start with the beginning. Kona coffee received its name after the district where farmers are growing it, located on the “dry side” of the Big Island of Hawaii. But, how is Kona coffee “a lady”? Take a look at the beautiful coffee flowers called “Kona Snow”. They look very gentle and fragile, so Kona Coffee blooms very lady-like. In addition, Kona Coffee’s popularity is growing and it might very well be called the best coffee in the world because of its environmental and processing advantages over many other types of coffee. All things considered, Kona Coffee means a lot of good things, and you shouldn’t wait to order your 100% pure Kona Coffee, especially with FREE shipping options!