About Town 03-01-19

Ka’u Coffee Festival event lineup

The 11th annual Ka’u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a full lineup of activities starting April 26 and culminating May 4-5 with the popular, day-long hoolauleaa and Ka’u coffee college educational series.

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April 26 — Pa’ina &Open House at historic Pahala Plantation House featuring music, hula, food and house tours 6-9:30 p.m. Info: 928-9811 or mahalo@aloha.net.

April 27 — Miss Ka’u Coffee Pageant, 6 p.m. at Ka’u District Gym. $10 admission. Info: 928-0606 or trinimarques@yahoo.com.

April 28 — Ka’u Coffee Recipe Contest free cooking competition at 11 a.m. with cash prizes at the Ka’u Coffee Mill. Entries are accepted in pupu, entree and dessert categories for adult and student divisions. All recipes are made with Ka’u coffee and attendees enjoy free coffee, tastings and entertainment. Entry deadline is April 20. Contact 928-0550; entry form kaucoffeefestival.com/assets/Recipe-Contest-Entry-Form-2019.pdf.

May 1 — Explore historic flume systems of the sugarcane era and development of hydroelectric power on a Ka’u mountain hike and lunch in the Wood Valley rainforest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited to 30, $45 includes lunch. Reservations: 928-0550.

May 2 – Ka’u Valley Farms Tour visits a hydroponic vegetable nursery, plantings of coffee and tea, the panoramic vista atop Puu Hoomaha, the water system being developed from former sugar cane irrigation tunnels and pristine, native forest. Lunch follows the 9 a.m.-noon tour. Reservations: 987-4229 or 731-5409, www.kauvalley.com.

May 3 — “Cowboy up” for Coffee &Cattle Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at scenic Aikane Plantation Coffee Company. Find out how descendants of Ka’u’s first coffee farmer integrate coffee with pasture-raised beef. $25 fee includes an all-you can eat outdoor buffet and hayride. Reservations: 927-2252, www.aikaneplantation.com.

May 3 — Observe the heavens from the summit of Makanau at Ka’u Star Gazing, 5:30-10 p.m. $45, includes refreshments and shuttle transport from Pahala. Reservations: 928-0550.

May 4 — Ka’u Coffee Festival Hoolaulea — a full day of live music, hula, local food and crafts, keiki activities, educational displays, guided coffee tastings and farm and mill tours headquartered inside and out of the Pahala Community Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 929-9550 or www.kaucoffeefest.com.

May 5 – Delve into the specialty coffee industry with presentations given by visiting coffee experts at the Ka’u Coffee College at Pahala Community Center, 9 a.m. to noon. Free, donations appreciated. Info: 929-9550.

For more information and festival updates call 929-9550, email info@kaucoffeefestival.com and follow Ka’u Coffee Festival on Facebook and @kaucoffeefest on Twitter and Instagram.

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