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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2012 schedule of events

(Photo courtesy of Kona Coffee Cultural Festival)

FRIDAY, NOV. 2

* Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Konawaena Elementary School
81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua

Television’s top-rated reality singing competitions like American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Voice are no real match for Kona Coffee Talent Night. Everyone’s invited as residents and visitors join in for some great “Kona’s Got Talent” style karaoke entertainment. A $3 Festival button is required for admission and will be sold at the door.

SATURDAY, NOV. 3

* Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Holualoa Village

A beautiful day of art and Kona coffee tastings as the quaint Holualoa Village becomes a stage for all things coffee. The stroll is a premier marketplace with a diverse collection of artists and boutique art galleries along with over two-dozen estate Kona coffee farms.

* UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant
Doors Open at 5:30, Pageant starts at 6:30
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Talented young women will be crowned Miss Kona Coffee, Miss Aloha Hawaii and Miss Kona Coffee’s Outstanding Teen 2013. Tickets $30 plus Festival button and are available at Gone Again Travel, Kona Coffee & Tea Company, Kimura Lauhala Shop and Wally’s Watch Service.

SUNDAY, NOV. 4

* UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. Kona Coffee Picking Contest
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Competition
75-5568 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa

Coffee pickers of all levels and experience including pioneers, pros, novices and keiki (children) compete. Winners received generous cash prizes and gifts from UCC for picking the most Kona coffee within the three-minute time limit. Festival-goers are invited to join in and test their ability at picking Kona coffee by hand. A great event for the entire ohana (family). A $3 Festival button is required for participation and will be sold at the event.

* KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Amateurs, culinary students, keiki (kids) and professional chefs compete for prizes and recognition as they present their favorite entrée and dessert recipes featuring 100% Kona Coffee.

The Big Island Showcase features displays and samples of Hawaii Island products including Kona coffee, a cooking demonstration, and door prizes. Public tasting of the contestants’ recipes follows the 2 p.m. award presentation. A $3 Festival button is required for participation and will be sold at the event.

MONDAY, NOV. 5

* Kona Historical Society
Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook

This tour brings the coffee pioneers’ story to life, depicting the daily live of Japanese immigrants between 1920 and 1945. Special $10 rate with Festival button, available for purchase at the farm.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show Judging
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

New to the Festival this year is the new Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show. Opening Monday, Nov. 5, local quilters will be competing as they create a coffee-themed quilt that expresses their interpretation of the ultimate Kona Coffee experience. Featuring some of the best local artists, the quilts will be judged and awarded Monday and continue on display through Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day. Selected quilts will be offered for sale, and local vendors will have coffee-themed, made in Hawaii products also available for sale.

TUESDAY, NOV. 6

* Kamehameha Investment Corporation Kona Coffee Label & Website Display
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Creative graphic design, original art and online savvy bring out the best examples of the marketing behind Kona coffee during this weeklong display and competition.

Kamehameha Investment Corporation Kona Coffee Label & Website Display offers an opportunity to view, vote for the people’s choice award and enjoy the top quality artwork displayed in each Kona coffee farm label and website.

* Kona Coffee Council Farm & Mill Tour
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pick up at Hale Halawai County Pavilion

This popular tour is a great opportunity for an in-depth visit to three working Kona coffee farms in North and South Kona. $50 fee includes transportation and lunch. Reservations are required. Book online.

* Kona Historical Society
Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook

Tour brings the coffee pioneers’ story to life, depicting the daily live of Japanese immigrants between 1920 and 1945. Special $10 rate with Festival button, available for purchase at the farm.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

Local quilters display their coffee-themed quilts expressing the Kona Coffee experience.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7

* Kamehameha Investment Corporation Kona Coffee Label & Website Display
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Kona coffee farmers have elevated the overall graphic quality of their farm’s product and know that their world-famous coffee is best paired with equally stunning art work and informative website design.

* Kona Coffee Cupping Competition – Preliminary Round
Sponsored by UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd and Kamehameha Schools
Produced by Kona Coffee Council
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Kona’s best coffee is professionally judged during the preliminary round of this prestigious cupping competition. Festival goers are invited to free Kona coffee cupping classes and tasting demonstrations happening alongside the judging. Come learn about the cupping techniques these internationally recognized judges are using, participate in your own coffee tasting and meet the farmers entered in this year’s prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. A $3 Festival button is required for attendance and will be sold at the event.

* Kona Coffee Art Exhibit
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

This year, the art show is being co directed by Kowali Farm and the Donkey Mill Art Center. Be sure to visit this exhibition of local art interpreting Kona’s coffee lifestyle. Art works are also available for sale.

* Kona Coffee Market Day and Cultural Events
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport Events Pavilion)
75-5500 Kuakini Highway (northern most end of Kuakini Hwy.)

Hands-on craft workshops and demonstrations include lauhala weaving, Hawaiian quilting and lei making. A $3 Festival button is required for attendance and will be sold at Makaeo County Pavilion.

* Kona Historical Society
Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook

Tour brings the coffee pioneers’ story to life, depicting the daily live of Japanese immigrants between 1920 and 1945. Special $10 rate with Festival button, available for purchase at the site.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

Local quilters display their coffee-themed quilts expressing the Kona Coffee experience.

THURSDAY, NOV. 8

* Kamehameha Investment Corporation Kona Coffee Label & Website Judging
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Competition judges name the best designs marketing Kona coffee.

* Kona Coffee Cupping Competition – Finals
Sponsored by UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd and Kamehameha Schools
Produced by Kona Coffee Council
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

The judges have narrowed the field and finalists compete for prestigious awards and industry recognition.

Festival-goers are invited to free Kona coffee cupping classes and tasting demonstrations happening alongside the judging. Come learn about the cupping techniques these internationally recognized judges are using, participate in your own coffee tasting and meet the farmers entered in this year’s prestigious Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.

* Kona Coffee Art Exhibit
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Final opportunity to visit this exhibition. Winners announced.

* Kona Coffee Market Day and Cultural Events
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport Events Pavilion)
75-5500 Kuakini Highway (northern most end of Kuakini Hwy.)

Artisans share their expertise in hands-on crafts including lauhala weaving and lei making. Fun activities and entertainment. A $3 Festival button is required for attendance and will be sold at Makaeo County Pavilion.

* Kona Historical Society
Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook
Tour brings the coffee pioneers’ story to life, depicting the daily live of Japanese immigrants between 1920 and 1945. Special $10 rate with Festival button, available for purchase at the farm.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

Local quilters display their coffee-themed quilts expressing the Kona Coffee experience.

* Kona Coffee Council Dinner & Benefit Auction
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou
6 p.m. no-host cocktails
7 p.m. Buffet dinner

Hosted by Kona Coffee Council, evening includes a buffet dinner, silent auction and live entertainment. For tickets book online.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9

* Kamehameha Investment Corporation Kona Coffee Label & Website Display
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

See the winning standout coffee labels and website design that best market gourmet Kona coffee.

* Kona Coffee Council Farm & Mill Tour
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pick up at Hale Halawai County Pavilion
75-5760 Alii Drive, Kailua

This popular tour is a great opportunity for an in-depth visit to three working Kona coffee farms in North and South Kona. $50 fee includes transportation and lunch. Reservations are required. Book online.

* Kona Coffee Market Day and Cultural Events
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport Events Pavilion)
75-5500 Kuakini Highway (northern most end of Kuakini Hwy.)

Artisans share their expertise in hands-on crafts. Fun activities and entertainment. A $3 Festival button is required for attendance and will be sold at the event.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

Local quilters display their coffee-themed quilts expressing the Kona Coffee experience.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

* Kona Coffee Marketplace–Festival of Artists and Ethnic Foods
Sponsored by Kamehameha Schools
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Makaeo County Pavilion (Old Airport Events Pavilion)
75-5500 Kuakini Highway (northern most end of Kuakini Hwy.)

Community groups, Kona coffee farms and civic clubs gather serve up Kona’s wide-ranging edible heritage. Artists, crafters and entertainment round out this Festival favorite. A $3 Festival button is required for attendance and will be sold at the event.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quilt Passions Quilt and Needlework Shop
75-5626 Kuakini Highway, Kailua

Final day to see coffee-themed quilts expressing the Kona Coffee experience.

* Big Island Running Company Miracle Mile Run
5 p.m.
Race starts at Coconut Marketplace and winds through Historic Kailua Village. $10 entry fee, $15 entry on race day. For information 327-9333 or log onto bigislandrunningcompany.com

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Parade
5:30 p.m.
Floral floats, marching bands, and lanterns light up the parade route to celebrate Kona’s coffee heritage including groups in colorful ethnic costumes.

* Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Bon Dance
Kaahumanu Place, fronting the Kailua Pier

Join in the fun at Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s Bon Dance immediately following the parade.

SUNDAY, NOV. 11

* KBXtreme Scholarship Bowling Tournament
9 a.m.
75-5591 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona

Open to all bowlers. Format is 9 Pin, No-Tap Singles, 100% handicap. Proceeds benefit Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship. A $3 Festival button is required to participate.

* Kona Coffee 101 Seminar
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou
A panel discussion focusing on Kona’s coffee industry. A $3 Festival button is required to participate.

* Aloha Makahiki Concert
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at
78-128 Ehukai St., Keauhou

Sponsored by Heavenly Hawaiian Farms, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, Ua Mau Company

Ancient Hawaiian blessing of Makahiki by Kumu Mika Keale-Goto with Halau Keale Keauhou, Kona and Tokyo, Japan. Traditional Hawaiian music and hula with renowned musicians including Aaron Mahi, George Kuo, Stephen Akana and more.

— Find out more:
www.konacoffeefest.com

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