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Pa'ina & Open House

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, TBD, 2019, The Plantation House, corner of Maile & Pikake Streets in Pahala.
Free, Donations accepted for Miss Ka'u Coffee Scholarship Fund

Join us in celebration of Ka‘u coffee with our Pa'ina & Open House event at the Pahala Plantation House. The event kicks off festival week and raises money for the Miss Ka‘u Coffee Scholarship fund and features a presentation of the Miss Ka‘u Court who will reign over the festival. Admission is free. Meet the coffee farmers. Taste coffee, enjoy local foods. Make donations for the pageant's scholarship fund during the event.

keokiPa'ina and Open House, is held at the Pahala Plantation House formerly the Ka'u Sugar Plantation Managers House. Attendees are welcome to tour the historic home.

This official Ka'u Coffee Festival event, offered annually since 2014, is co-sponsored by Ka‘u Coffee Growers Cooperative, Pahala Plantation Cottages, and The Ka'u Calendar newspaper.

More details regarding The Plantation House can be found at pahalaplantationcottages.com.

Photos by Julia Neal from prior events. For more information about the event, contact Julia Neal at mahalo@aloha.net or call (808) 928-9811.

Our 2018 event:

Ka‘u Coffee farmers, friends and newcomers joined together on Friday night, April 27, to celebrate the beginning of the 10th Annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival during our Paʻina & Open House event at Pahala Plantation House.

Our 2018 Miss Kaʻu Coffee Court made its first public appearance with Queen Reishalyn Kekoa Jara, sharing her Tahitian dance talent. First Miss Ka‘u Coffee Helena Nihipali-Sesson sang Kaiholena, the composition about the mystical mountain between Pahala and Naʻalehu, written at a music composition workshop led by Daniel Ho during a previous Ka‘u Coffee Festival.

Miss Ka‘u Peaberry Jacelyn Kekoa Jara and Junior Miss Ka‘u Coffee Cristina Kawewehi both performed hula. Miss Ka‘u Coffee Flower Telia Espejo-Navarro and her court Kysha Kaupu Manini and Lilianna Marques made an appearance in their gowns.

The band Shootz, with Harry Evangelista, Terry Louis, Tui Masaniai and Gabriel and Cheryl Cuevas, made its Ka‘u Coffee Festival debut and will play again on Saturday, May 5, at the all-day Hoʻolauleʻa at Pāhala Community Center (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free entry). Guy Sesson, father of our First Miss Ka‘u Coffee Princess, performed with Volcano School of the Arts music teacher Hal Tredinnick and his daughter Jade Malia.

A piano singing trio - Lora, Ruslan, and Alla - also performed.
Ka‘u coffee farmers and marketers, just back from the Specialty Coffee Association of America event in Seattle, reported good reception of Ka‘u coffee at the Hawaiʻi Coffee Association booth. Many other Ka‘u coffee farmers were wrapping up the care for their farms at the end of a season that brought in some of the highest prices and most demand ever for Ka‘u coffee.