|Dancers fill Pahala Plantation House's foyer to swing to the Kachi Kachi music of El Leo, with Sen. Russell Ruderman on guitar. Photo by Ron Johnson|
|HFUU President Vincent Mina with Miss Ka'u Coffee 2015|
Maria Miranda and Miss Peaberry 2016 candidate
Khloe Moses. Photo by Jesse Tunison
Our 2016 Ka'u Coffee Festival began yesterday, May 13, with the annual event Pa'ina & Open House at Pahala Plantation House, in Pahala, Hawai'i. Entertainment included music by Bolo & Friends as well as Puerto Rican music by El Leo, with Ka'u’s Hawai'i State Senator Russell Ruderman on guitar. Attendees met some of the young ladies who will participate this evening to be named Miss Ka'u Coffee, Junior Miss Ka'u Coffee and Miss Peaberry. Local farmers provided fresh foods cooked by chefs from around the state for a feast that filled the dining room table.
Hawai'i Farmers Union United and Ka'u Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the event with Pahala Plantation Cottages.
|Miss Peaberry candidate Chazlynn Pua Queja. Photo by Jesse Tunison|
To read more about this event, see our archives and to keep up on when next's year's Pa'ina & Open House will occur, visit our blog or website, kaucoffeefestival.com, later in the year or early 2017.
Tomorrow's events include Ka'u Recipe Contest and Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant, both at the Ka'u Coffee Mill. Click here for more details: kaucoffeefestival.com/events.html