Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Pa'ina & Open House at Pahala Plantation House

Photos by Julia Neal
Our newly crowned 2017 Miss Ka'u Coffee Court began making public appearances on May 19, 2017, with the kick off party for the ninth annual Ka'u Coffee Festival at Pahala Plantation House.
The event was attended by coffee farmers, local families and visitors from places around the world including China, Canada, Russia and famous coffee growing regions, Colombia, Puerto Rico, India and Papua New Guinea. Puerto Rico and Hawai'i are the only two coffee growing regions in the U.S.

Entertaining was the Puerto Rican band El Leo, which includes state Senator Russell Ruderman whose territory includes most of the coffee farms in Ka'u. Also performing was Da Backyahd Braddahs with Ti Chun, Makana Kamahele and Sheldon Salmo.
Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant attendees included Pageant Director Trini Marques and Miss Ka'u Coffee 2017 Jami Beck along with Jr. Miss Ka'u Coffee 2017 Calaysa Koi, Miss Ka'u Coffee Peaberry 2017 Jazmynn Navarro, Miss Ka'u Coffee Flower 2017 Evalynn Ornelas and First Ka'u Coffee Flower 2017 Lilianna Marques. 

Also attending were Miss Ka'u Coffee 2015 Maria Miranda and Miss Ka'u Coffee 2016 Rochelle Koi. 

Ka'u Coffee Growers Cooperative President Gloria Camba invited everyone to attend the events this week, including the Ka'u Coffee Recipe Contest, Ka'u Mountain Water Systems Hike, the all day Ho'olaulea with music, coffee tasting and buying, food and much more and Ka'u Coffee College.

Miss Ka'u Coffee 2017 and her court will appear at numerous events throughout the week and the coming year, including parades and visits to schools, farms and community gatherings.

See for more on events.

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