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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival: Sip and Savour Hawaii

November 3, 2023 @ 9:00 am - November 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm HST

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The annual festival preserves and promotes Kona’s rich coffee history. (Kona Coffee Cultural Festival /Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson )

First Published:  October 08, 2016  |  Updated: October 22, 2023

What’s brewing at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Hawaii this Nov. 03 – 12? Top 3 Reasons why Kona Coffee is deliciously rich and expensive.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year. The oldest food festival in Hawaii salutes and promotes the destination’s unique culture, diversity, and coffee heritage.

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The festival offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events that tell the story of Kona’s vibrant coffee heritage. (Kona Coffee Cultural Festival)

The 10-day festival includes many events, showcasing the coffee industry and its communities through interpretive stories, food experiences, visual and performing arts.  Check the latest schedule of events.

Why Kona Coffee is Rich and Tasty?

Kona’s almost 200-year coffee industry is pioneered by the Japanese and the native Hawaiian community.  Coffea arabica (indigenous to the Ethiopian highlands) was first cultivated in Kona in 1828 by Samuel Reverend Ruggles, from Brazilian cuttings.

Kona Coffee – One of the World’s Priciest Coffee

The coffee’s delicious richness, slightly acidic flavour and piquant aroma lies in the terroir, climate, picking and processing methods.

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Kona coffee flowers appear in February and March. Beans resembling cherries are ready to pick in late August. (Kona Coffee Cultural Festival)

Kona coffee thrives in the volcanic soil on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanoes.  Here the micro-climate goes from hot tropical mornings to misty afternoons and cool evenings.

Averaging at USD45 per pound, Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.  Why is the premium price? High labour cost, excellent quality and limited supply.

The popular coffee festival is the best venue in Hawaii to savour authentic freshly brewed Kona java, meet the producers, and savour a taste of Hawaii.

Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island is one breathtaking place in the world to enjoy a cup of java lava under swaying palm trees, and relax to the tune of crashing waves.

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So hula your way to Kona this November 03 to 12.


November 3, 2023 @ 9:00 am HST
November 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm HST
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