Category: Press Releases


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From: Summer Carrick Inquiries Photo Gallery with Credits Website KAILUA-KONA-The Kona Brewers Festival moves into 2018 as a million-dollar plus fundraiser for local organizations serving the environment, education, culture and youth over its’ twenty-two-year history. Festival goers remember the feel – good beer, great food, trash fashion, and fun in the sun, but coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning. The Springtime… Continue reading


KAILUA-KONA-The annual Kona Brewers Festival Pau Hana Celebration, held Saturday, celebrated recipients and the $100,000 in funds raised by the 22nd Kona Brewers Festival.  Over the 22 years, $1,065,000 has been gifted to local organizations serving youth, the environment and cultural programs. Festival goers remember the feel-good beer, fashion, and fun in the sun, but coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning. The Springtime event is a… Continue reading

What will we be drinking on March 11, 2017?

A whole lot of incredible beer. Eighty six styles from all over the United States and the Hawaiian Islands. Check the Beer List 2017 to see what’s so special about our 22nd Craft Brew Lineup! Beer List 2017

Ka Po’e … The People – Announcing the 2017 Beneficiaries

Festival proceeds benefit Island programs focused on environment, youth and culture. 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. Mahalo… Continue reading

The 2017 Festival Art: Pen and Ink tell a Story of our Island and Traditions

The Kona Brewers Festival keeps a strong focus on art, culture, tradition and the ”Makers” who keep these elements alive. The Makers create our beloved frothy brew, the farmers grow the food prepared by our best Island Chefs, the Musicians keep us dancing, the Storytellers and local Artists present the beloved Trash Fashion Show. In addition, a Hawaii Island Artist is commissioned to create the visual story that marks each… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Festival Is Ready for Another Round

Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — The Kona Brewers Festival is back for the 22nd annual celebration, with festivities to commence on March 11th, 2017. The highly anticipated Kona Brewers Festival is a community celebration and fundraiser benefiting Hawaii programs supporting environment, culture and youth. Craft Brewers partner with the best Island Chefs to offer the most innovative pairings in a sustainable community gathering at King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach… Continue reading

Trash Fashion Show is a Fun, Fab Expression of Creative Action for Change

Are You Ready to Strut Your Stuff in the Kona Brewers Festival Trash Fashion Show? The Trash Fashion Show has become an exciting part of the Kona Brewers Festival thanks to the participation of many creative, eco conscience, and resourceful individuals. Outfits range from the plain in-your-face rubbish that one finds in our daily trashcan, to couture fashion that looks like something off the runway. The music and commentary are… Continue reading

Brewers and Chefs Work Together for 72 Pairings You Won’t Forget

Breweries and Restaurants are registering now to provide the Brews and Tastes that make the Kona Brewers Festival the most highly anticipated food festival of the year. Each year, Breweries and Restaurants donate their talents and hard work to offer both perfected classics and the most innovative new brews and dishes.  Participating Restaurants and Breweries enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate food and beer in community, while raising funds to… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Festival-A Community Celebration Supporting Environment, Culture, and Youth

Are you ready for another round?  Every year gets even better at the Kona Brewers Festival, and we are ready for our next party! The 22nd Kona Brewers Festival will be held March 11, 2017.  The Festival will sell tickets for two sessions: Afternoon Session: Noon-3:00 pm Sunset Session: 4:30-7:30 pm The Kona Brewers Festival is a volunteer run, community celebration and fundraiser rooted in the values of a sustainable… Continue reading

The Sun Sets on the 21st Kona Brewers Festival!

The annual Pau Hana Celebration, held Saturday, celebrated recipients and the $115,000 in funds raised by the 21st Kona Brewers Festival.  Over the 21 years, $965,000 has been gifted to local organizations serving youth, the environment and cultural programs. While festival goers leave the grounds beaming from the amazing beer, food, fun and fashion, coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning of the feel-good festival. “You know… Continue reading


The 2016 Kona Brewers Festival, held March 12, 2016, was the 21st Birthday Party we had always dreamed of. Not only did we break records in our fundraising efforts for benefiting organizations, we connected with new Chefs, Brewers, Craft Brew Bloggers, Journalists and all who love beer. Read their take on what makes the Kona Brewers Festival so great! West Hawaii Today ” “Huge turnout greets 21st annual Kona Brewers… Continue reading

The Kona Brewers Festival Serves the Best of Big Island Cuisine

The Kona Brewers Festival has a proud tradition of uniting great chefs and great brewers for an island-style culinary experience like no other.  Mahalo nui loa to the 29 participating restaurants offering a variety of dishes for festival goers to pair with brews from all over Hawaii and the US. Adaptations Akule’s Fish Supply Umeke’s Fish Market and Grill Broke Da Mouth Grindz Bite Me Fish Market Buns in the… Continue reading

The Kona Brewers Festival is turning 21!

  The Kona Brewer’s Festival offers an experience unique to Hawai‘i Island. Produced in the spirit of Pualu (working together) and Malama Pono (respecting the land), the festival draws thousands of people together to enjoy incredible craft beer, island style cuisine, great music and the company of good friends. Win A Trip To The 2016 Kona Brewers Festival First place photo contest winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two Kona,… Continue reading

See What the Kona Brewers Festival Is Tapping for the 21st Annual Celebration

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The Kona Brewer’s Festival announces 2016 Beneficiaries!

Mahalo to our Beneficiaries for their support of the Kona Brewers Festival: Hawaii’s favorite celebration of island style cuisine and craft beer. Over the past 20 years, this benefit has raised $850,000 for Hawaii Island charities working on behalf of youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions. Our partnering organizations are essential to the success of this Festival, as they provide generous volunteer contributions and receive funds to support their vital… Continue reading

Win a Trip for Two to the Kona Brewer’s Festival!

The Brews for a Better World Photo Contest is your chance to win a trip to share the Aloha with us this Spring at the Kona Brewers Festival in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii! To Enter: Take a pic showcasing your favorite craft brew between now and January 22, 2016 11:59 PM HST. Tag @konabrewfest on Instagram or @KonaBrewersFestival on Facebook Hashtag #KonaBrewFest Then, sit back and enjoy your Brew.  Winner will receive… Continue reading

The 2016 Festival Art is in: Hand-Carved Woodblocks Tell the Story of the Kona Brewer’s Festival

For the second year, Caren Loebel-Fried, an accomplished Big Island artist from Volcano, has collaborated with the KBF design team, Flint Design Co, to create hand-carved woodblocks featuring four stunning vignettes of the traditions that make our brew fest so special – Take a look and find: the blessing and gifts to our community, the incredible island food from local chefs, live music performances, and of course, the amazing craft… Continue reading


Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — The Kona Brewers Festival turns 21 on March 12th, raising funds through the celebration of handcrafted beers and local cuisine in a sustainable community gathering at the King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The festival indulges craft beer aficionados with 72 selections of ales and lagers served up with a wide variety of island-style cuisine from 36 Hawaii chefs.… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Festival Turns 20

Press The 2015 Kona Brewers Festival, held on March 12-14, was an amazing success for our 20th anniversary. Not only did we raise a record amount of funds for our beneficiaries, we garnered some great press from craft brew bloggers, local journalists and trade magazines. Below are links to the articles and posts: Front page West Hawaii Today “Brewers Festival Turns 20” Honolulu Sun Times- “Kona Brewers Festival Marks 20 Years”… Continue reading

53 Craft Brewers Announced for 2015 Kona Brew Fest!

For the 20th Annual Brewer’s Festival we are pleased to announce an enticing line up of 53 craft breweries who are set to pour two different types of beer to our guests who are attending from around the world to taste their wares. We thank these purveyors of hand crafted brew for their participation this year! All hail the ale! Who’s Pouring and What They Are Pouring! Angry Orchard – Angry… Continue reading

2015 Pa’ina Dinner and Beer Pairing Menu

How do you create an incredible menu for the annual Kona Brewer’s Festival Pa’ina dinner?  By tasting craft beers and finding the perfect local cuisine to match.  Executive Chef Roy Basilio, Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, recently sat down with the Kona brewers who are providing the beer for the Pa’ina Dinner to sample the various beers being poured for the dinner to create… Continue reading

Brewer’s Pa’ina and Art Auction Blends Culture, Craft Brew and Cuisine

Kicking off the celebration of the Kona Brewers Festival is the Brewer’s Pa’ina being held on Thursday March 12 from 6-8:30 pm at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds. The Pa’ina, which translates to “feast” in the Hawaiian language, is the Kona Brewers Festival annual ocean-side culinary dining event served under the stars with each course expertly paired with Kona Brewing Company beers. Most dishes feature fresh,… Continue reading

Kona Brewer’s Festival Announces 2015 Beneficiaries

From March 11-14, 2015, thousands of craft beer lovers will descend upon Kona for the Kona Brewers Festival. Bringing together beer aficionados, island-cuisine enthusiasts and fun lovers alike, everyone comes for a good time. However, one of the most important aspects of the Festival is more significant than beer and culinary pairings. For the past 20 years, as the Kona Brewers Festival flourished, it has also succeeded in raising $742,000 for… Continue reading

Sustainability on Display at the Kona Brewers Festival

The Kona Brewer’s Festival prides itself on being a leader in the sustainability movement for the Big Island of Hawaii; celebrating 20 years of taking care of the aina and having great fun too! Trash Fashion Show The Trash Fashion Show has been an integral part of the Kona Brewer’s Festival line-up since 1995. The show  has become a Festival highlight, enjoyed by over 3000 people every year. Guests admire… Continue reading

Kona Brewer’s Festival Announces Bluegrass Bands for “Brews and Blues” Concert

The Kona Brewer’s Festival is blending brews and blues this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Festival.  We are excited to announce our line up for the “Brews and Blues” concert on Friday March 13th starting at 7:30 pm at the luau grounds at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel -The Aloha Bluegrass and the Whipstitch Sallies! The Aloha Bluegrass Band hails from the mainland U.S. and Alaska… Continue reading

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