Upcoming Festivals on The Big Island

Got clients looking for a little something different when venturing to Hawaii this month? Travel Agent breaks down some of the most interesting festivals coming out of Hawaii Island, commonly known as The Big Island.

Kau Coffee Festival

From now through May 29, the Kau Coffee Festival is a celebration of Kau coffee, the farmers that grow it, their families and community, the unspoiled, rural culture of Kau and the landscape that Kau coffee thrives in. The Kau Coffee Festival is a mix of fun and educational events for anyone who loves coffee.

The festival includes a Miss Kau Coffee Pageant, Kau Farmers Table, recipe contest, exploring of coffee farms, star gazing, workshops and more. Visit www.kaucoffeefest.com.

43rd Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

From November 1-10, Hawaii’s oldest food festival will once again host more than 40 events throughout the 2013 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

For easy planning, the festival has three signature blocks of festival fun, Opening Weekend, Festival Weekday Events and Festival Finale Weekend, brewing a full menu of events for attendees during this iconic coffee festival.

Throughout the 10 days of Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, festival goers are immersed in a Kona coffee extravaganza that includes such favorites as the prestigious Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition, Kona coffee cooking and recipe competitions, art exhibits, Kona coffee farm tours, and cultural events that honor nearly 200 years of coffee heritage in Hawaii. Visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

From March 31 to April 06, Hawaii’s most venerable hula celebration and competition returns with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition. Except for the hula competition, events are free. Visit www.merriemonarch.com.

Hula Arts at Kilauea

From now through March 28, Hula Arts at Kilauea features many hula performances honoring the performers'late kumu hula Raylene Kawaiaea. This inspired outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the hula platform located near VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and sun/rain gear. On the same day, there is a hands-on cultural demonstration from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at VAC Gallery porch. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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