This year, Molokai marks the 20th anniversary of coffee production on the island.
In celebration, Coffees of Hawaii will host a free two-day festival, starting at 3 p.m. March 15 and 16 at its plantation in Kualapuu, in the cool, upcountry area in the central part of the island.
"The U.S. Air Force Band of Pacific will perform starting at 6 p.m. Saturday," says Coffees of Hawaii Operations Manager Maria Holmes. "The Molokai Veterans will be selling plate lunches and the Molokai Arts Center will be holding their annual Souper Bowl pottery sale."
Molokai coffee cherries ripe for the picking
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There will be a Project Runway Plantation Style event on Friday night, and the Molokai Island Princess Competition on Saturday.
Come and watch firemen, police officers and TSA agents compete in the Coffee Chili Cookoff. Other festivities will include coffee poetry and breakfast, coffee tours, cupping workshops, fun parade, espresso artwork, batik art sale, coffee mosaics, coffee cherry tea tastings, and coffee brewing workshops. The list goes on and on.
"The entire community of Kualapuu is involved in making this event successful," says Mike Atherton, owner of Coffees of Hawaii. "I am excited about the opportunity to showcase the plantation and more importantly, give thanks to the community for their support over the years. We encourage people to book their travel to Molokai early, as airlift to the island is limited. If you haven't been to Molokai in awhile, now may be the time to visit."
Tour tickets and times can be found online at www.coffeesofhawaii.com/festival.