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This last weekend, Ka’u celabrated locally grown Ka’u coffee at the 3rd annual Ka’u Coffee Festival in Pahala.
Ka’u's coffee purveyors presented their finest products to the public with coffee sampling, and also participated in the cupping competition, taking home awards and prizes.
Several of the present coffee growers had recently won international recognition, and were presented with a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Kenoi himself.
The music was AMAZING, with Cyril Pahinui playing for two local halau (hula schools); LoriLei’s Hula Studio and Halau Hula O Leionalani. The keiki were adorable as they danced to He Mele no Kauhinilele, a noho (sitting) hula about jumping grasshoppers.
There were plate lunch and bento, as well as doughnuts and other little treats that went well with coffee.
Plus, there was the Coffee Recipe Contest, where for five dollars you could sample all of the entries. The samples were judged and the winners took home prizes.
There were plenty of farm tours ( $15 dollars per person, though) and somewhere somebody gave a poi pounding demonstration. I couldn’t find out where it was.
Then the Kahumoku ‘ohana took the stage. It was incredible to see them all on stage together. Later on in the evening I met both Moses and Keoki Kahumoku, and spent some time talking with them. Both are extremely nice, and very easy to talk to.
The festival closed with formal thanks to sponsors and the performance of One Journey, a Ka’u High School Band that recently won the Brown Bags to Stardom music competition over in Honolulu. Their performance was throughly enjoyed by the younger generation.
It was wonderful to see all of the local talent; from the coffee to the music to the food. It was obvious to see that all of Ka’u came together for the fun.
I had a great time and am already looking forward to next year’s festival.
To find out more about Ka’u coffee, hawaiian music, and the festival, please check out the following links:
Until next time,
A hui hou!