Art Entries Sought for Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

February 13, 2019, 6:09 PM HST (Updated September 8, 2020, 3:37 PM)

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawai‘i’s oldest food festival, is seeking art for the official image of the 2019 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Hawai‘i artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms, including fine art, graphic design and photography.

Artists are encouraged to be inspired by the culture behind the cup and consider the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage. Artists of traditional media, including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate. There is no entry fee to participate and the competition is open to all Hawai‘i Island residents 18 and older. Artwork submissions are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.


The Poster Art Submission is open to Hawai‘i State residents only. Selected artists from the two previous years are not eligible.



One submission will be selected from all eligible entrants. The selected artist will receive:

  • Monetary honorarium of $500
  • Name recognition on all print collateral, including poster, magazine and rack cards
  • A feature on the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival website along with a link to the artist’s homepage
  • A photo and feature in the Festival’s media kit and 32-page full color magazine
  • Press release showcasing the artist


Signature Festival art will be selected in April, based on the following:

  • Artistic execution and marketing adaptation (60%)
  • Conformance to the guiding mission (40%)


The concept image must be adaptable, in whole or in part, for the use in other media, including but without limitation, advertisements, t-shirts, brochures and rack cards. Typography should not be included within the art.

Artwork submissions are due by Friday, April 5, 2019, and should be delivered to Malia Bolton Hind at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company located at 74-5588 Palani Road, or entries can be submitted electronically via email to [email protected]. Be sure to include “Festival Submission” in the subject line with electronic entries.


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