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Pa'ina & Open House

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, The Plantation House (corner of Maile & Pikake Streets in Pahala)
Free, Donations accepted for Miss Ka'u Coffee Scholarship Fund

Join us in celebration as we kickoff our 2017 Ka'u Coffee Festival with the Pa'ina & Open House event at the Pahala Plantation House on Friday, May 19, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event features fresh foods grown locally and music by various artists. The free concert event, Pa'ina and Open House, is held at the Pahala Plantation House (a Pahala Plantation Cottages vacation rental), formerly the Ka'u Sugar Plantation Managers House. Attendees are welcome to tour the historic home.

Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant Scholarship Chair Julia Neal, owner and operator of Pahala Plantation Cottages, will accept donations for the pageant's scholarship fund during the event.

This official Ka'u Coffee Festival event, offered annually since 2014, is co-sponsored by Ka'u Chamber of Commerce, Hawai'i Farmers Union United, Pahala Plantation Cottages, and The Ka'u Calendar newspaper.

keokiThe Ka'u Chamber of Commerce aims to support local businesses within the district of Ka'u. Each year, KCC hosts an art show. The winning entry is then used the following year as the cover image for the Annual Ka'u Chamber of Commerce Business Directory. To support local students and adults seeking to re-enter the educational system, KCC offers the Ken Wick's Scholarship. An essay competition where applicants are asked to write about how their educational experience will benefit Ka'u - with preference given to those who intend to remain in Ka'u after completing their education.

The Pahala Plantation House was once the Ka'u Sugar Plantation manager's house. Working to maintain the integrity and history of this five bedroom home, owners Julia Neal and Michael Worthington kept the original wood floors and filled the house with antique furniture and artwork. The building boasts high ceilings, a large dinning hall, spacious rooms, a wrap around lanai and a baby grand piano in the foyer. More details regarding The Plantation House can be found at

Photos by Julia Neal from prior events. For more information about the 2017 event, contact Julia Neal at or call (808) 928-6471.

For a review of the 2016 event, click here.