Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an exploration of Kona Historical Society’s, Kona Coffee Living History farm, the onetime home of the Uchida Coffee farm founded in 1913. Discover how Kona coffee was grown and harvested by the pioneering Japanese farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Heavenly Hawaiian Farms

In conjunction with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dave Bateman, Kona coffee industry expert, lecturer and owner of Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms on the Island of Hawaii.

Located high on a mountainside above Kailua-Kona, Bateman farms estate-grown beans, operates the popular Konalani Coffee Bar and an enticing vacation rental.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Hawaii's Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, where he visits with Brittany Horn and Madeleine Longoria Garcia—co-owners of Pacific Coffee Research; and baristas from Kona Coffee & Tea in Kailua-Kona and Waimea Coffee Company, located in the town of Waimea.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dave Bateman-Kona coffee industry expert, lecturer and owner of Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms on the Island of Hawaii. Located high on a mountainside above Kailua-Kona, Bateman farms estate-grown beans, operates the popular Konalani Coffee Bar and an enticing vacation rental.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Karen Barry at the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum in Kailua-Kona,  Hawaii. Barry shares the story of quilting and its connection with Hawaiian history, and modern day quilting as an art form. Barry also talks about the museum’s connection with the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

Thomas Wilmer

Henry Nicholas Greenwell started a family citrus and coffee farm in Kealakekua on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1850. Greenwell Farms’ first award dates from 1873 when Henry Greenwell's coffee received an award of recognition at the World’s Fair in Vienna, Austria. Today great grandson Tommy Greenwell's family is revered as the OG of Hawaii’s Kona coffee farmers. Correspondent Tom Wilmer recently spent the day with Greenwell at his coffee plantation, so come along and join the conversation about the family’s history and Greenwell’s evolution into high-tech farming, where artificial intelligence is ushering a new era in harvesting and processing coffee beans. 

Thomas Wilmer

Art is infused with the community at The Donkey Mill Art Center, situated on a mountainside in the village of Holualoa, above Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii. Housed in a repurposed coffee mill, the art center is a multipurpose facility where community engagement is the operative philosophy. From art classes for kids and adults, to art shows and musical performances, Donkey Mill Art Center is a dynamic community center and gathering hub. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Miho Morinoue, youth program director, and Mina Elison, communications director and curator.

Thomas Wilmer

The Big Island of Hawaii’s 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival—with more than 40 individual events—is scheduled for the first ten days in November. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an in-depth conversation with festival president Valerie Corcoran as she shares insights about Kona coffee’s history on the Big Island and highlights of the 2019 festival.