Sunny Pauole’s Art Selected for Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

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The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival announces that Kona-based artist Sunny Pauole’s signature art was recently selected as the winning image for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Pauole was chosen, after an open call for signature art for Hawai‘i artists to submit their original works of art in a competition.

Art by Sunny Pauole

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 official event poster and for all official retail items including t-shirts and coffee cups.

“The Kona Coffee Festival had numerous original art pieces submitted in response to a call for signature art,” said Festival President Valerie Corcoran. “Although we were very honored by the interest shown by our 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 they helped Kona 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 corporate collections. She studied at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where she mastered mixed media and expanded her repertoire to include graphic design. She has evolved into a multi-media artist with an aesthetic balance of visual expression. Her imaginative creations have been featured on magazine covers, books and private Kona coffee labels. She has also been commissioned to paint original artwork and designed corporate logos.


Festival attendees in November are encouraged meet Pauole at various events throughout the 10-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival happening Nov. 9 through 18, 2018.

The official 2018 Festival poster and retail merchandise will be available at Kona Coffee & Tea Company, at various Festival events and other retail locations throughout Kona.

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


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

For a complete list of events and Kona Coffee Cultural Festival information, visit

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