Kona coffee may have a well-deserved reputation, but growers from another part of Hawaii Island, Kau, want to you to try their beans and brews, too. You will be able to do that during an upcoming festival or during a unique helicopter tour.
The Kau Coffee Festival will welcome visitors to a variety of activities April 26-May 5.
The opening night kickoff on April 26 will feature free tours of Pahala Plantation Housein the south coast village of Pahala. Hula, music and food can also be enjoyed from 6-9:30 p.m.
A cooking competition will attract guests to the Kau Coffee Mill near Pahala on April 28 at 11 a.m. Home cooks will create dishes in three categories: pupu (small plates), entrée and dessert. All recipes must include locally grown Kau coffee. Admission is free, and cash prizes will be awarded.