Back to the brew: Kona Brewers Festival returns amid ongoing pandemic

  • Na Wai Iwi Ola performs at the opening Saturday of the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Richard Gaul pours a beer from Big Island Brewhaus Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Attendees enjoy food from Big Island restaurants Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Future Tides entertains Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Party goers take advantage of the photo booth Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Mugs are lined up for attendees to sample local brews Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dancers perform Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Models display creations by Wahine Toa Saturday at the Kona Brewers Festival at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Kona Brewers Festival returned Saturday albeit on a smaller-than-normal scale with just a quarter of the attendees, breweries and restaurants.