To celebrate 20 years of coffee production on Molokai, Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu’u will be hosting a free two-day festival March 15 and 16. The festivities will be held at the plantation beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m.
This weekend’s celebration is in coordination with the coffee industry’s 200th anniversary of coffee production in Hawaii. The Maui Coffee Association will promote coffee from various Maui and Molokai farms at selected venues throughout Maui County.
Visit their calendar of events online at mauicoffeeassociation.blogspot.com for a complete listing. The County of Maui Office of Economic Development has helped to make these events possible.
“The entire community of Kualapu`u is involved in making this event successful,” COH Owner Mike Atherton said. “I am excited about the opportunity to showcase the plantation and, more importantly, give thanks to the community for their support over the years.”
At the same time, the Molokai Arts Center will be holding its third annual Soup R’ Bowl fundraiser Saturday at Coffees of Hawaii. MAC is helping with the coffee celebration by offering hundreds of beautiful bowls.
Soup will be served from 5-7 p.m. The public can sip on soup and enjoy the tunes of jazz pianist David Henderson, followed by the U.S. Air Force Band.
The soup choices include: vegetarian pumpkin, tortilla, chicken with wild rice, Portuguese bean and chili. All soups come with an option for rice, salad, bread
and a drink. Soup sippers can take home a unique soup bowl created by a Molokai artist.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Take’s, Blue Monkey, MAC or though MAC members. Funds raised from this event will go toward helping defray cost for the children’s music and art programs as well as sustaining the operating cost of the center.
The 2013 Soup R’ Bowl is dedicated to beloved MAC artist Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo, who passed away recently.
More information about the event and MAC is available at 567-9696.
The U.S. Air Force Band of Pacific will be performing on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. The Molokai veterans will be selling plate lunches to help raise funds to complete its veterans’ center. There will also be a “Project Runway Plantation Style” event on Friday night, and the Molokai Island Princess competition on Saturday.
Other festivities include: coffee, poetry and breakfast, coffee tours, cupping workshops, A fun parade, coffee chili cook-off between the fire, police and TSA agents, espresso artwork and batik art sale, coffee mosaics, coffee cherry tea tastings and coffee brewing workshops.