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Ka‘ū Coffee Festival Going Virtual For Second Year in a Row

March 5, 2022, 2:15 PM HST
* Updated March 5, 1:11 PM
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Tune in April 1-30 for the Virtual Ka‘ū Coffee Festival at kaucoffeefestival.com.

Due to the uncertainties of COVID restrictions and to protect Ka‘ū’s farming kūpuna, the 13th annual festival will present its second virtual slate of events. Grab a cup of your favorite Ka‘ū coffee, relax and enjoy a wealth of activities presented conveniently for leisure viewing.

Learn about the rich history of Ka‘ū coffee and what makes it so special, meet the hard-working coffee growers through informative farmer profiles and enjoy music and hula by Ka‘ū practitioners — some are also coffee growers! Also perking is the interactive Ka‘ū Coffee College webinar featuring educational forums aimed at the pressing needs of this heritage coffee-producing community.

Festival goers may also access additional content posted for the 2020 Festival, including a how-to Ka‘ū coffee brewing demonstration complete with details on how roasting and grinding impacts flavor. Experience a day in the life of a coffee farmer with an amazingly authentic tour of local farms. Also on tap are additional farmer profiles, music and hula, and last year’s Ka‘ū Coffee College.

“We’re very proud of the virtual content we’ve created featuring our most popular events,” said longtime festival organizer Chris Manfredi. “During our 2020 virtual festival, we engaged with audiences worldwide that we never thought possible. We hope the connections we’ve made in the virtual realm will continue in 2022 and will encourage new and repeat visitors to Ka‘ū. We invite the many fans of our award-winning crop to join us. All of our virtual events are free and sponsors are welcome.”

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Stay tuned to the festival as events appear online at www.KauCoffeeFest.com and follow Ka‘ū Coffee Festival on Facebook and @kaucoffeefest on Twitter and Instagram. Support is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program.

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