Ka Po’e … The People

The Kona Brewers Festival is truly a heartfelt event in Hawaii. People from all walks of life come together at this event. People meet, catch up on each others lives, work hard together, celebrate success, promise to support each others initiatives and then go back, energized, to continue to deliver their diverse programs.

The Kona Brewers Festival organizers are humbled by the generosity and amazing talents of our island community. It is with great pleasure to note that over the past 23 years, the Kona Brewers Festival has become one of Kailua Kona’s premier events and raised $1,175,000 for well-deserving non-profit organizations.

All of the beneficiaries contribute to the success of the Kona Brewers Festival by recruiting volunteers and professional expertise. Careful evaluation is made to ensure that these organizations effectively achieve their goals and meet critical needs in our community. Priority is given to groups that share resources as well as continually strive to improve and create collaborative programs.

The following organizations are Beneficiaries of the 2018 Kona Brewers Festival. We encourage you to check out these websites and continue to support their good work throughout the year.


ACF Chefs de Cuisine Kona Kohala Chapter

The ACF Kona-Kohala Chefs de Cuisine are industry leaders committed to culinary development and education within it’s membership and throughout the community. A cash donation is made from The Bill Healy Foundation for each participating food booth. These funds provide high school students the best possible equipment and learning opportunities in culinary arts programs on Hawai`i Island.


Ahuena Heiau

Funds received from Kona Brewers Festival are dedicated to the cultural restoration of the Ahuena Heiau. The heiau was restored in 1812 for King Kamehameha the Great. “House from which to watch the farm lands.” The King used this heiau as his retreat to oversee the land and the ocean. The buildings were thatched with sugar cane leaves. The heiau sits at the waters edge overlooking Kailua Bay.



Aloha Performing Arts Company

APAC’s mission is to enrich the lives of Hawai’i residents and visitors by presenting quality live theatre and performing arts. They provide growth, education and leadership opportunities for youth through exposure to the performing arts. Funds will be dedicated to theater education for youth.


Donkey Mill Art Center

The Donkey Mill Center provides art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at our facility in Holualoa. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, and events of contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture. Funds from the Festival are dedicated to scholarships for youth art education programs. Art is life. Life is art.


Explorations Foundation

West Hawaii Explorations Academy (WHEA) was founded in 1994 in partnership with the Hawaii DOE and the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) in Kona. WHEA’s mission is to provide learning opportunities through integrative, hands-on, self-selected projects related to authentic, real-world problems. WHEA’s motto is “No Child Left Indoors” and the curriculum focus is science and technology.


Friends of NELHA

Friends of NELHA (FON), a nonprofit organization, aims to inspire a positive public perception of aquaculture, ocean research, renewable energy (including deep, cold ocean water), and other activities related to a sustainable future. We provide presentation/tours daily at 10 am. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday is Ocean Matters; focused on innovative ocean science and technology. Wednesday and Friday we do our NELHA Grand Tour, including on-site visitation of several aquaculture facilities, and a visit to the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion facility. Grand Tours are from 10 am-12:30 pm. Reservations are suggested, and can be made online at


Hawaii Wildlife Fund

HAWAI’I WILDLIFE FUND (HWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education and advocacy. HWF Team is made up of educators, conservationists, researchers, naturalists, communities, volunteers and donors devoted to the protection of Hawaii’s fragile marine ecosystem and inhabitants. We bring a variety of experiences together to serve a common goal.


Honaunau Elementary School

Honaunau Elementary School
Honaunau Elementary School is a public school that serves 165 students, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.  The campus is surrounded by the rural farming community of Honaunau and is a Title One School.  Approximately 25% of our students are English as a Second Language Learners.  Ninety-six percent qualify for free and reduced lunch.  Dedicated funds will be used to support the school’s garden program. The purpose of Honaunau School’s Garden Program is to cultivate appreciation, interest, and wonder in our natural world while educating and creating community through the children of Honaunau.


Innovations Public Charter School

The mission of Innovations Public Charter School Foundation is to provide support to Innovations Public Charter School. We work collaboratively to provide the highest quality education to the children of West Hawaii through innovative teaching techniques that meet the needs for every learner.

Our vision is to educate the whole child — body, mind and spirit — through a team approach to child centered learning. As a learning ohana, we value an environment of aloha which nurtures trust, respect, self-expression without fear, open minds and hearts and continuous improvement. We believe that through quality education, students receive the assistance needed to achieve high standards. Our ohana embraces caring for the aina through school-wide garden and sustainability programs. An appreciation of the arts is fostered through school-wide arts and drama programs.


Kahilu Theatre

Kahilu Theatre is a not-for-profit community arts and education center dedicated to serving our diverse Hawai’i Island community. Kahilu Theatre presents world-class artists from Hawai’i and beyond, sustains a youth arts education program, provides performance space for community based productions, and showcases local visual artists in its two galleries. Kahilu is a place where the community comes together and the arts come alive. http//


Ke Kai Ola: Saving the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Ke Kai Ola (“The Healing Sea”) is a state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to rehabilitating injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals and returning them healthy to their ocean home. The hospital, which opened in Kailua-Kona in 2014, is a “pu’uhonua,” a place of safety and peace for the seals. And a place where children and youth will learn to take care for this beautiful marine mammal. Working together to promote monk seal conservation will ensure the future of the Hawaiian monk seal.  Ke Kai Ola is a program of The Marine Mammal Center, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment-and inspire their global conservation. Visit to learn more.


Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikamalino

Youth Art

Project – Mele Murals – Mele Murals is a youth development, arts education, cultural preservation, and community-building project.  Over a five-year period, starting in late 2013, local artists, youth, and other members of communities spanning the eight major islands of Hawai`i will create a series of large-scale outdoor murals focusing on Hawaiian lyrics (mele) that explore mo`olelo `aina (stories of place) and cultural and historical heritage.


Kealakehe Culinary Program


Kealakehe Project Grad

Project Grad is comprised of parent volunteers who work to provide a safe location for graduates of Kealakehe High School to be with their friends and enjoy an all night alcohol and drug-free celebration. The group promotes safe driving, responsible behaviors and camaraderie for Kealakehe’s high school’s graduating seniors.


Keauhou Canoe Club

The mission of the Keauhou Canoe Club is to educate our youth, our membership, and the community at large about Hawaiian culture, values, and traditions and to promote competitive and recreational outrigger canoe paddling and other water sports in historic Keauhou Bay.


Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club

Our mission is to perpetuate the ancient art and culture of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling as traditionally practiced on historic Hōnaunau Bay, and to promote awareness of Hawaiian culture and its preservation and perpetuation.

Our programs are open to all members and include Youth and Novice programs. Membership is open to the public. Our programs promote environmental awareness; Hawaiian cultural concepts of family (‘ohana), cooperation (laulima) and making things right (ho‘oponopono); and include instruction in Hawaiian language associated with traditional outrigger canoe paddling, construction, operation, maintenance, and repair.


Kona Dance & Performing Arts

Kona Dance & Performing Arts strives to provide high quality instruction and education in dance and performing arts to the local youth and the Big Island community. Some of the prominent dance genre offered range from ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop and contemporary. During community performances, the depth of the lessons our students learn extend far beyond pliés and pointing their toes. They learn self-discipline, self-awareness, perseverance, and collaboration skills. They learn essential skills as they become career and/or college ready. Each performance helps the dancers build confidence and gives them opportunities to learn more about themselves as well as an opportunity to grow as a person.


Kona Pacific Public Charter School

Our mission is to cultivate in young people the skills, knowledge, and values they need to reach their highest potential. Embodied within this mission statement is a commitment to ensure that the education we offer is both reflective of the character of our community and supportive of community aspirations. To this end, the school’s curriculum weaves three strands of focus into a seamless and inspiring education program: Waldorf curriculum and pedagogy, Hawaiian cultural studies, and sustainable agriculture.
Beyond the core mission and educational program, Kona Pacific strives towards a larger vision of community service. We operate several programs that reach far beyond our basic school operations. Above all, we seek to improve the quality of life in our community, and continuously seek to build our capacity to develop and implement educational and social support tools that will enable us to fulfill this vision.


Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation

Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation was founded to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and practices through hula protocol and ceremonies, the use and study of the Hawaiian language and by embracing the stories of our kūpuna past, present and future.

NWIO Foundation is a multigenerational, community-based educational foundation, currently collaborating with organizations that focus on modeling and living the Hawaiian culture, traditions and values. Through hands-on activities, NWIO applies the knowledge shared by our kūpuna through the art of hula & chants. NWIO foundation focuses on giving students the opportunity to see the world through their own eyes. “Why did King David Kalākaua travel the world?” It is important that our students understand the PONO of existing within this world using the shoes of our kūpuna.

“E Ola Mau ke Ola Pono” Let the righteousness of life live forever!


Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai`i (PATH)

PATH is a grassroots, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization formed in 1986 to promote traffic safety education, and a safe environment on roadways and trails for recreation, fitness and alternative modes of transportation. Festival funds are dedicated to bike safety programs taught to children at area schools.


Society for Kona’s Education and Art (SKEA)

The Society for Kona’s Education & Art (SKEA) has been serving the South Kona area for over 30 years with events and programs that contribute to a vibrant community. The organization occupies two historic buildings in Honaunau that was once the Japanese Language School. This site provides plenty of space for events such as Music on the Lawn, the Mauka Talent Show, the Annual Membership Meeting, Quilt Show, lectures, and small musical events. A primary focus of the organization are two children’s programs: the Art of Learning, an innovative arts education program in the public schools; and Art Camps, week-long day camps during the school breaks that immerse students in a variety of art mediums. SKEA is proud of its long partnership with the Kona Brewers’ Festival and we are honored to be a grantee again this year. Funds will be used for the Art of Learning in the South Kona schools and for the 2014 Spring and Summer Art Camps.


Surf For Special Needs

Our mission at S4SN is to share the healing powers of our ocean with special needs children & families bound by physical/ mental limitations. We do this by providing safe ocean activities four times a year taught by skilled, trained and highly respected island watermen & women.

We introduce and reconnect individuals and families with special needs to the traditional ways of Hawaiian practice in which the ocean and our streams are incorporated. From surfing (he’e nalu) to outrigger canoe (wa’a) paddling. Volunteer lifeguards, prominent and skilled watermen & women take to the water with keiki who may not have the chance to ever enjoy the healing powers of our ocean and play in the waves otherwise. We not only focus on the individuals joining us with special needs but the entire family (ohana) as a whole. S4SN encourages the entire family to experience our events together as we are strong advocates of ocean therapy, aloha and ohana.