Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Summer Meals Offered to All Children 18 and Younger

Category : Hawaii Schools

Offering Summer Public Schools Meals to All Children 18 and Younger

June 06, 2018, 10:36 AM HST

Island NewsThe Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE)  announces that 68 public schools will serve meals through its summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO) reported Island News Hawaii.

Island News Hawaii said beginning in early June, the SSO program will be available at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).

Island News Hawaii Click here to view the full list of schools. Please note: Schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the schools, without notice according to Island News Hawaii. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s school directly to find out the specific dates and times for meal service.

SSO is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. Island News Hawaii eligible schools must have 50 percent or more of its regular enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches and some type of summer program on campus. However, meal recipients do not have to be enrolled in those Island News Hawaii classes to be served.

“Summer is a time that can be a gap period where some students miss out on meals,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent, Office of School Facilities and Island News Hawaii Support Services. “We are grateful that so many schools stepped forward this year to participate in the program and provide their students and other children the opportunity to receive meals.”

Hawai‘i Island:

  • Hilo High
  • Hilo High/Ke Kula O Nawahi PCS
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate
  • Kea‘au Elementary
  • Kea‘au High
  • Kea‘au Middle
  • Kealakehe High
  • Kealakehe Intermediate
  • Keaukaha Elementary
  • Kohala Elementary
  • Kohala High
  • Kohala Middle
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Na‘alehu Elementary
  • Waiākea High
  • Waiākea Intermediate
  • Waimea Elementary


  • Aiea Elementary
  • Anuenue
  • Castle High
  • Dole Middle
  • Ewa Elementary
  • Ewa Beach Elementary
  • Farrington High
  • Fern Elementary
  • Hauula Elementary
  • Heeia Elementary
  • Ilima Intermediate
  • Ka‘ala Elementary
  • Kaewai Elementary
  • Kahalu‘u Elementary
  • Kahuku Elementary
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate
  • Kailua Elementary
  • Kaimiloa Elementary
  • Kaimuki High
  • Kalihi Waena Elementary
  • Kaneohe Elementary
  • Kapunahala Elementary
  • King Intermediate
  • Kipapa Elementary
  • Kuhio Elementary
  • Laie Elementary
  • Lanakila Elementary
  • Leihoku Elementary
  • Linapuni Elementary
  • Makaha Elementary
  • Mauka Lani Elementary
  • Nanaikapono Elementary
  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate
  • Pearl City Elementary
  • Pohakea Elementary
  • Pope Elementary
  • Puohala Elementary
  • Roosevelt High
  • Waialua Elementary
  • Waimanalo Elementary
  • Waianae Intermediate


  • Kapa‘a Elementary
  • Kekaha Elementary


  • Hana High & Elementary
  • Kahului Elementary
  • Lihikai Elementary
  • Waihee Elementary
  • Wailuku Elementary


  • Moloka‘i High

The Seamless Summer Option is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, log onto:

Island News Hawaii in accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Island News Hawaii Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Island News Hawaii said additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Island News Hawaii program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request Island News Hawaii copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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Wine on the Lanai Dinner Series

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‘Wine on the Lanai’ Dinner Series Returns at Huggo’s

June 6, 2018, 2:00 PM HST (Updated May 12, 2018, 7:17 AM)

The “Wine on the Lanai” summer fine dinner series pairing select wines with gourmet meals will return on Thursday, June 28 according to Island News Hawaii.

Island News Hawaii said it is presented at Kona’s historic oceanfront restaurant Huggo’s, the dinner will feature a five-course meal paired with Sonoma California wines selected by Pat Okubo, the youngest Master Sommelier in North America.

Created by Huggo’s executive chef Albert Asuncion, the meal will include: amuse bouche paired with an Angeline sauvignon blanc, creamy risotto-chanterelle mushrooms, peas and parmesan cheese paired with a Sonoma Cutrer chardonnay, wild king salmon and avocado tower aired with a Red Car pinot noir, a Moroccan spiced rack of lamb with preserved lemon couscous and Trig Point cabernet sauvignon. The evening will come to a sweet close with almond florentine cups with wild berries and a Late Harvest sabayon and Sonoma Cutrer Late Harvest chardonnay.


Island News Hawaii said the upcoming dates for Huggo’s Wine on the Lanai Summer Dinner Series are as follows:

  • June 28: Wine on the Lanai featuring wines from Sonoma;
  • July 26: Wine on the Lanai featuring wines from Italy;
  • Aug. 23: Wine on the Lanai featuring wines from France.

The dinner series is limited to guests ages 21 and older. Only 34 reservations are available for each dinner and can be arranged by emailing The cost is $100 per person plus gratuity; tax is included. For more information, Island News Hawaii or visit

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Hula at Volcano Art Center’s May 19

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Hula at Volcano Art Center’s May 19

May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM HST (Updated May 12, 2018, 6:36 AM)

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Island News Hawaii said today the Volcano Art Center’s Hula Kahiko performance series continues on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. with a performance by the haumana of Ke Ana Laʻahana Public Charter School at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Event admission is free; park entrance fees may apply.

Island News Hawaii spokesperson Ke Ana La’ahana is a Hawaiian public charter school in Keaukaha serving grades seven through 12. The hula group is led by Kumu Hula Wahineaukai Mercado.

Hula Kahiko is a year-round performance series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. Hula hālau from across Hawai‘i are invited to perform each month in the outdoor setting of the kahua hula (platform) inside Island News Hawaii and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The performances are presented rain or shine without amplification. Sun/rain gear and sitting mats are recommended for attendees.

In conjunction with Island News Hawaii and the Hula Kahiko performances, the public is also invited to join Native Hawaiian practitioner Kaʻiulani Carvalho on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following hula performances for a Nā Mea Hula demonstration.

Kaʻiulani was born in Hilo and raised in Puna. She is a 2012 graduate of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, a Hawaiian language immersion public charter school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and according to Island News Hawaii is currently pursuing certification from Kahuawaiola—the Indigenous Teacher Education Graduate Program. For her Nā Mea Hula debut, Ka’iulani will present a workshop exploring the art of ʻOhe Kapala, or bamboo stamping.

The Island News Hawaii said the Volcano Art Center is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1974 to cultivate art and learning in the community through visual, literary and performing art activities. For more information, visit Island News Hawaii or and call (808) 967-8222.


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Free Concerts Each Month in West Hawai‘i

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Announcing Free Concerts Performed by West Hawai‘i County Band

May 21, 2018, 11:00 AM HST (Updated May 11, 2018, 3:54 PM)


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West Hawai‘i County Band. Courtesy photo.

The West Hawai’i County Band will present a free concert on Friday, May 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hale Halawai Park on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua Kona said Island News Hawaii.

Island News Hawaii reported the 20-piece wind band will perform one hour of selections from its extensive repertoire including marches, classics, film scores, jazz tunes and traditional Hawaiian songs. The band is conducted by Bernaldo Evangelista.

Island News Hawaii confurms free performances are scheduled on the third Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Island News Hawaii said the next concert will be on Friday, June 15, at Hale Halawa at 75-5760 Ali’i Drive in Kailua Kona. To join the Island News Hawaii mailing list and receive news on future events, contact

WHCB is a community and civic band consisting of about 20 musicians of all backgrounds. The band is supported in part by Island News Hawaii and the County of Hawai’i Parks and Recreation Department. View the season schedule.

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Cinderella Ballet, The Fairy Tale of All Fairy Tales

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Cinderella Ballet, The Fairy Tale of All Fairy Tales

May 22, 2018, 2:46 PM HST (Updated May 22, 2018, 2:46 PM) 


top news hawaiiIsland News Hawaii said Tuesday the West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre 74-5626 Alapa St, Kailua Kona Hawaii 96740 – (WHDT) & Academy Presents the Fairy Tale of all Fairy Tales, Cinderella Ballet, for one performance only, Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

Island News Hawaii reported over 70 talented dancers from Hawai‘i Island and Maui, guest professional dancers, stunning costumes and magical sets are all brought together with narration and musical accompaniment to tell the timeless story of a young girl who discovers her prince with a little help from her fairy godmother.

The full-length production of Cinderella is a choreographed collaboration by West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre and Academy’s Founder and Artistic Director; Virginia Holte, Assistant Director; Midori Satoh, along with Instructors Megan Joy Chapman, Juanita Finkenberg, Jenna Ojeda and Ann Marie Pargett. Additional choreography is by Guest Choreographer Paul Maley, Dean of Dance at Mid-Pacific Institute on O‘ahu. WHDT student Soleil Fitz-Gerald assists with the creation and continuity of the production said Island News Hawaii on Tuesday. Dance disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Tap are represented in this family friendly performance.

A compilation of classical and contemporary music from different composers is included with piano accompaniment is by reported Island News Hawaii and West Hawai‘i Dance Theatre & Academy’s pianist, Megumi Kopp.

Island News Hawaii said because of its admirable themes of kindness and hope, the fairy tale Cinderella has mesmerized children and adults for hundreds of years. Watching the story come alive through the artistic performances of these talented dancers in elaborate costumes with magical sets will encourage audiences to dream their dreams and offer hope and kindness to those around Island News Hawaii.

Island News Hawaii Pre-Performance Event: A Island News Hawaii silent auction and boutique will be held in the lobby. Proceeds will benefit WHDT’s ongoing programs, scholarship fund and studio renovations. There will also be other surprises for attendees including the opportunity for their “little princesses” to try on for size the lost slipper.

Tickets are available online here:

For more information contact Island News Hawaii or the West Hawaii Dance Theatre Phone (808) 329-8876 or online

WHDT is a Non-Profit Educational Arts organization under IRS Code 501 (c)(3) and is supported in part by Island News Hawaii, the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Ironman Foundation, Bank Of Hawai‘i, Central Pacific Bank, Valerie Cartwright and Richard Olazaba, Macy’s and our local businesses and Island News Hawaii families. Founded in 1989, WHDT Academy transforms individuals and builds Island News Hawaii community by providing a comprehensive educational dance and theatre program on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.


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Kahulanui Celebrates Winning Jazz Album of the Year

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Kahulanui Celebrates Winning Jazz Album of the Year

May 23, 2018, 9:49 AM HST (Updated May 23, 2018, 11:31 AM)

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The 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for “Jazz Album of the Year” was presented to the Big Island’s “Kings of Hawaiian Swing” group on Friday, May 19, 2018for Mele Ho‘oilina, produced by Kahulanui LLC and Michael Surprenant of Mana Music Studio Kahulanui also earned the “Instrumental Composition of the Year” award for Boogie Woogie, composed by Bill Noble, who performs with the group said Island News Hawaii.

The Mele Ho‘oilina album was inspired by all the forerunners of the Hawaiian Swing genre, including the grandfather of band leader Lena Naipo.

Naipo said it was a great thrill for his father, who was also in attendance at the awards ceremony, which was held at the Island News Hawaii and Hawai‘i Convention Center.

This was a big win for the group as they continue to perpetuate the blending of genres and Island News Hawaii cultures in Hawaiian music.

“Grateful for all of the musician brothers and sisters who helped to make this latest album a Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner!” the group announced. “Especially, to Michael Surprenant, Sarah Bethany, Joshua Timmons, Mike Lewis, Brian Christ, Andrea Lindborg and Loren Frank Wilken. Mahalo nui loa to Dave Pierce for making such an amazing contribution to Kona music with his arrangement of Ka Ua Loku. And, all of the musicians who have helped Kahulanui along the way: Garry Russell, Duncan Bamsey, Frank Musacchio, Eldred Ahlo, Payton Meyer and Jenny Brown. Mahalo Jody and Charles Brotman for getting us off the ground and for Island News Hawaii continued support!”

Nominated for two other Hawaii categories: “Group of the Year” and “Graphics” by Scarlet Eskildsen—both coveted and esteemed awards Island News Hawaii.

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    • Joshua Timmons. PC: KahulanuiOriginator Rodgers Lena Naipo on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Eskildsen on bass guitar and vocals, Robert Duke Tatom on ukulele and vocals, Tim Taylor on drums/percussion, and Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar said spokesman at Island News Hawaii.

Horn section: Primary horn arranger Jesse Snyder on clarinet and tenor sax, Bill Noble on alto saxophone, Joshua Timmons on trumpet, and Vincent D’Angelo on trombone. Eldred Ahlo on trumpet for Hoku performance.

Kahulanui is on tour this summer. Look for complete schedule at Island News Hawaii or

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Taimane and Trio Performed at the Palace Theater

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On May 31 Taimane and Trio Performed at The Palace Theater

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May 26, 2018, 12:00 PM HST (Updated June 2, 2018, 7:57 AM)

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Hawai‘i ukulele sensation Taimane will perform live for one night only at the Palace Theater in Hilo on Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m reported Island News Hawaii.

The Island News Hawaii performance is part of Taimane’s “Elemental” CD release tour, which has included sold out shows nationwide. She and her trio—including ukulele, classical guitar, vocals and percussion— will perform songs from the new album, available on June 5.

Two years in the making, the album is described as an exploration of natural and metaphysical worlds, featuring songs written by Taimane herself. The song titles include ”Water,” “Air,” “Earth,” “Fire” and “Ether” as well as mythic references to other worlds including “Hades” and a bonus track, “Atlantis.” said Island News Hawaii.

Taimane’s electric performances incorporate genres spanning classical, rock, flamenco and tribal hymns. They have drawn more than 8 million online video viewings. An O‘ahu native, Taimane has shared the stage with artists like Michael Franti & Spearhead to a sold out crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. She has also headlined her own shows in New York, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Jose and Santa Cruz.

“Every so often Hawaii discovers an artist as he or she is about to emerge into a much bigger arena,” said Bruce Labadie, San Jose Jazz Artistic and Festival Director. “These experiences have included Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. Now, we have a new discovery—Taimane. She’s destined for a big, bright future, and I encourage you to catch her show as soon as you can.”

Doors for the May 31 show will open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students and $35 for reserved seating according to sources at Island News Hawaii. All coffee will be $5 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Palace Theater box office, or by phone at (808) 934-7010, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m Island News Hawaii.



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Forest Jazz Concert Cancelled for June 9

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Forest Jazz Concert Cancelled for June 9

May 30, 2018, 8:58 AM HST (Updated May 30, 2018, 9:23 AM)

top news storyDue to the volcanic conditions in the area, Island News Hawaii reported the Volcano Art Center is canceling the Jazz in the Forest concerts scheduled for June 9, 2018.

Island News Hawaii said the quilt show on the weekend of July 7 is still scheduled—check for updates on Island News Hawaii or the VAC website.

Island News Hawaii said as of today, VAC plans to continue with the Jazz in the Forest concert schedule in August. “Island News Hawaii respectfully request Pele’s cooperation in continuing the music series in August and thereafter,” a VAC spokesperson said.

Not in Kona this time! On Aug. 11, the Volcano Art Center plans to offer the Brazilian concerts that were previously scheduled, including vocalist-trumpet magician Andrea Lindborg and composer-pianist Loren Wilken, along with Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones.

Sept. 8 will be a salute to Duke Ellington, featuring vocalist Jeannine Guillory-Kane and Loren Wilken.

Oct. 13 will be the return of the Latin dance band FUEGO with bassist Matt Spencer and percussionists.

Nov.10 will be the UH Jazz Orchestra presenting another collection of Zappa based excitement.

Dec 8 will be the annual pre-Christmas concert featuring Jeannine and Loren in new and exciting arrangements of carols and seasonal music.


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Pure Kona Coffee Fest: 2018 Kona Artist Image

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Kona Artist Creates Winning Image for 2018 Pure Kona Coffee Fest

May 31, 2018, 10:15 AM HST (Updated May 31, 2018, 10:15 AM)

pure kona coffeeSunny Pauole’s signature art was recently selected as the winning Pure Kona Coffee image concept for the 2018 Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival said Island News Hawaii.

Pauole, a Kona-based artist, was chosen after an Island News Hawaii open Call for Signature Art for Hawai‘i artists to submit their original works of art in a competition.

Pauole created this original winning piece of art depicting the spirit of Kona’s world famous brew from the eye of the farmer. The winning graphic image will be used to promote the festival with an Island News Hawaii official event poster and for all official retail items including Island News Hawaii T-shirts and Island News Hawaii coffee cups. “The Pure Kona Coffee Festival had numerous original art pieces submitted in response to Island News Hawaii call for Signature Art,” said Festival President Valerie Corcoran. “Although we were very honored by the interest shown by our Island News Hawaii local community of artists, Sunny Pauole’s art piece stood out from the beginning. We have a special love for the Kona nightingales starting back in the early days when Island News Hawaii helped pure Kona coffee farmers transport 100 pound bags of coffee to the mill. The festival’s board of directors smiled when they saw this art piece and we hope it brings much joy to festival-goers this year.”

Pauole’s work can be found in private and Island News Hawaii corporate collections. She studied at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where she mastered mixed Island News Hawaii media and expanded her repertoire to include Island News Hawaii graphic design. She has evolved into a Island News Hawaii multi-media artist with an aesthetic balance of visual expression. Her imaginative Island News Hawaii creations have been featured on magazine covers, books and private pure Kona coffee labels. She has also been commissioned to paint original artwork and designed corporate logos by Island News Hawaii.

Festival attendees in November are encouraged Island News Hawaii meet Pauole at various events throughout the 10-day Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival scheduled for Nov. 9 through 18, 2018. The official 2018 Festival poster and Island News Hawaii retail merchandise will be available at Gourmet Kona Coffee Company, at various Festival events and other Island News Hawaii retail locations throughout Kona.

Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Hosts Nearly 50 Events Yearly.

Every year the Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival hosts nearly 50 events over 10 days and showcases the nearly 200 years of Kona coffee heritage. There are Island News Hawaii fun activities for all ages and interests that celebrate the famous harvest and lots of opportunities to taste Pure Kona coffee. Island News Hawaii signature events include a colorful lantern parade through Historic Kailua Village, an art stroll through Holualoa Village, a Pure Kona Coffee inspired recipe contest, pure kona coffee farm tours, Island News Hawaii art exhibits and a Pure Kona Coffee Cupping Competition where a recognized panel of cupping judges scrutinize the harvest from farms throughout the Kona Coffee Belt.

The Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is supported as a Signature Event by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and is made possible through the support of Island News Hawaii and UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. Ltd., Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Kamehameha Schools, KTA Super Stores and numerous other corporate and community donors.

Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Events

Since its inception in 1970 the Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage. The Festival features 10 days of festivities honoring pioneers, farmers, artisans & coffee!

The annual Pure Kona coffee harvest that has sustained Kona’s agricultural community for nearly 200 years is celebrated every November. The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii, honors Kona’s cultural heritage and recognizes the accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans.

Recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii, 10 days of events promote Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supports the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.

The Pure Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is supported as a Signature Festival by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and is made possible through the support of UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd., Kamehameha Schools, Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, KTA Super Stores, and numerous other corporate and community donors.

Everyone is invited to come together and visit Kona during the coffee harvest season and celebrate the culture behind the cup.

Throughout the 10-day Festival, celebrate the harvest as Kona coffee farms offer a firsthand look at growing this world-famous crop, the coffee art scene fills with inspiration, and music and dance enrich cultural exchanges. Kona coffee and food events offer tastings, and hands-on cultural events help tell the story of Kona’s rich coffee history.

A timeline helps tell the story of important dates and events that shape history. Kona’s world famous coffee has a history that spans nearly 200 years.

Pure Hawaii Historical Coffee Timeline

1813 Don Paulo Marin, a Spanish physician, first planted coffee in an area behind Honolulu. Marin’s plantings were unsuccessful.

1825 Traveling with King Kamehameha II and his wife Kamamalu, High Chief Boki, Royal Governor of Oahu visits England, names John Wilkinson, agriculturalist, to cultivate sugar and coffee on Boki’s land in Manoa Valley.

1825/26 Wilkinson planted a small field of coffee on Governor Boki’s land in Manoa Valley on Oahu

1827 Wilkinson coffee plants matured and were ready to produce

1828 Reverend Samuel Ruggles, brought cuttings from Governor Boki’s land in Manoa to Napoopoo, South Kona.

1841 Coffee plantations were established in the Kona District

1853 Tobacco grown commercially in the Kona District

1873 At the World’s Fair in Vienna an award for excellence was given to Henry Nicholas Greenwell, a pioneering Kona coffee merchant

1880 Hawaii’s first coffee mill was constructed by John Gaspar Machado near Kealakekua Bay

1892 Herman Widemann introduces a bean from Guatemala that became known as Kona typica or Kona Coffee

1898/1899 3 million coffee trees growing on over 6,000 acres, mostly in large plantations.

1899 The first Japanese mill known as the “Kona Japanese Coffee Mill” was established

1910 About 80% of Kona’s coffee farms were family-run operations

1914 World War I begins. The price of Kona coffee rises due to U.S. Army purchases

1915 Tenant farmers, mainly of Japanese descent, were cultivating Kona’s coffee

1920’s American Factors, known as AMFAC, roasted, packaged and marketed Mayflower Kona Coffee

First Filipinos arrive to work the coffee farms, picking coffee during the season and returning to the sugar fields in the spring

1922 Only remaining coffee farms in Hawaii were in the Kona District

1929 Beginning of the Great Depression. Kona coffee prices fall, farmers start to default on debt

1932 Kona’s public school vacation schedule changes to August through November to align with coffee production.

1936 10 struggling Kona coffee farmers signed a charter for a new credit union, the Kona Farmers Federal Credit Union

1940 World War II leads to higher prices for Kona coffee. U.S. government caps price. Jeeps replaced “Kona nightingales,” or donkeys for transporting coffee from farm to mill.

1950 Production of Kona coffee were at its highest at 22 million pounds of green bean produced annually

1952 First co-op established in Holualoa with 72 members, Kona Coffee Cooperative Association

1958 Kona coffee growers begin to establish their own mills; Pacific Coffee and Sunset Coffee Cooperatives are formed

1957 Kona coffee crop valued at $6.5 million

1959 Hawaii Statehood. Twelve coffee mills had been established in the Kona District

1960 American Factors and the Captain Cook Coffee Company close their mills. Sunset Coffee Co-op of Kona begins.

1969 Kona schools conform to summer vacations with rest of Hawaii schools

1970 First Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival held. Kona coffee return down to $1.5 million

1981 Only 1,600 acres of coffee remain grown by mostly small independent farms run by aging immigrant farmers and their families

Today’s Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Coffee

There are about 650 farms cultivating coffee in the Kona district. The typical size of a Kona coffee farm is 3 acres. Kona coffee represents approximately 95% of the coffees produced on the island. There are about 3,500 acres of land utilized in Kona coffee farming, producing about 3.8 million pounds a year, valued at about $14 million.

There are working coffee farms and mills along the Kona coffee belt that open their farms to visitors. Plan a visit and you’ll meet farmers who have a story to tell, millers and roasters and Kona coffee pickers who pick each ripe cherry by hand.

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Local Hilo Film Festival Requesting Submissions

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Film Festival Seeking Submissions for Hilo

June 2, 2018, 11:00 AM HST (Updated June 1, 2018, 6:19 AM)

The Made in Hawai‘i Film Festival is seeking locally made films for an upcoming independent film festival highlighting local artists in August said Island News Hawaii. Island News Hawaii debut event will feature a series of Hawai‘i-made Island News Hawaii films including feature-length films, shorts, documentaries and music videos at Palace Theater in Hilo on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.


“With the loss of the Big Island Film Festival in 2016, Island News Hawaii really felt the absence of a film festival here on Hawai‘i Island,” says festival co-founder and executive director Zoe Eisenberg. “Focusing on films created in Hawai‘i felt natural. Our independent film scene is growing, and we want to showcase and support that at Island News Hawaii.”

Island News Hawaii film submissions will be accepted beginning June 4 through July 2, 2018. To qualify, submissions must include at least 50 percent of principal photography shot in Hawai‘i. Island News Hawaii selections will be announced during the week of July 16. For submission guidelines and more information, visit Island News Hawaii or

“We hope to provide a platform not only for Island News Hawaii local filmmakers to screen their work, but for the community to see how much Hawai‘i has to offer,” says festival co-founder and technical director Phillips Payson.

The films will be organized in categories and presented in six block segments of 90 to 120 minutes. Island News Hawaii stated the tickets will cost $10 for a single block or $18 for a day pass. Coffee provided for All screenings, followed by Q&A sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities with the Island News Hawaii filmmakers.