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The 24th Annual Kona Brewers Festival Taps Up March 9, 2019

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From: Summer Carrick

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KAILUA-KONA-The 24th annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, on the shores on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay at the Luau grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. The non-profit Beer and Food Festival is organized by Hawaii Island’s Ke Kai Ala Foundation, raising funds for twenty Hawaii Island programs working for environmental and youth causes, as well as cultural preservation and celebration.

The sell-out festival features what’s new from founding sponsor, Kona Brewing Company, and ticket holders can also expect around 36 chefs and 36 brewers to present their very best island eats and small batch brews. The quality of beer from all over the United States coupled with fresh, local, Hawaii-style food is part of what makes this festival unique. Festival goers find  a culinary experience and craft beers that are often unavailable in Hawaii during most of the year. Past dishes have included fresh Ahi poke tostadas, deep fried avocado slices with savory island sauces, seafood delights prepared in every way imaginable, Big Island grass-fed steak coated with Kona Coffee marinade, fresh Waimea grown salads sprinkled with mac nuts and micro-greens, hand churned pineapple gelato, and artisan won-tons. Everything is an expression of the beautiful food and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. With a ticket, the food sampling is unlimited until it’s gone, so attendees roam around sampling and tasting to their hearts delight, while enjoying world-class entertainment. An upgraded ticket allows access into the Connoisseurs Lounge inside Honu’s restaurant, serving additional and premium tastes and activities for the most serious craft beer aficionados

trash fashion kona brew fest kona beer festival sustainable island big island fashion hawaiiEntertainment includes some of Hawaii’s best musical talent, as well as the ever popular “Trash Fashion Show,” a performance of fashion art and sustainability that delights the crowd with a high energy spectacle of original designs created by a team of local “trashionistas.” Rocking a playlist to excite the crowd at just the right moments, the show reminds us how we can each manage waste more responsibly in our everyday lives.

The pre-party starts off healthy and strong at 7:30 am, with the annual “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/ walk.  Presented by Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the family friendly run begins and ends at BMW of Hawaii. Entry fee is $30 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Registration is open at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

The Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition is a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, recognizing the most outstanding beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers.  Judges come from all over the United States to award winners for 28 different styles. Winners are announced in celebration at the Kona Brewers Festival. The Best of Show Winner for beer will have the name of their brew engraved on a plaque mounted to the Kona Barrel trophy at Kona Brewing Company’s Pub in Kailua-Kona. Entries must be registered by the cutoff date at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com

Tickets

Tickets will be released on January 12, 2019 at 11am (HST) online only at www.konabrewersfestival.com

General Admission, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, $85 to support island beneficiary organizations focused on environment, education, culture and youth and include.

  • Admission to the four-hour festival
  • Commemorative glass mug
  • Ten brew tasting coupons
  • Unlimited sampling of gourmet cuisine
  • An afternoon of entertainment including the legendary Trash Fashion show and some of Hawaii’s best musical groups

Connoisseurs Lounge, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm, $185 to support island beneficiary organizations. These upgraded tickets include all General Admission amenities plus admission to the festival and the connoisseur’s Lounge. Connoisseur’s tickets offer special beer and food pairings, entertainment, air conditioned seating, educational talks by local brewers, and access to move between the Lounge and general areas, making this  the best ticket for extreme beer lovers, while further supporting the fundraising efforts of the festival.

Kona Brewers Festival HomeBrew Competition

Wednesday to Friday, March 6-8

12th Annual Run for Hops

BMW Hawaii

Saturday, March 9, 7:30am

24th Annual Kona Brewers Festival

Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

Saturday, March 9, 2018

3-7 pm General Admission Ticket Holders

2-4pm Connoisseur’s Lounge Tickets

Kona Brewers Festival Values

Community collaboration-cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy-perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

 

KONA BREW FEST RAISES $125,000 IN 2018

The Kona Brewers Festival is a food and fun focused community gathering in the sand on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay.The Festival raises funds for some of Hawaii Island’s most important programs.  Festival goers buy an all inclusive ticket to enjoy a true cultural and culinary experience enjoying delicious US and Hawaii made craft beer, as well as some of the very best Hawaii Island style cuisine. The Ke Kai Ala Foundation has announced that the 2018 Kona Brewers Festival raised more than $110,000 for Island programs in a single day, with well over One Million dollars raised since it’s inception.

Each fall, Hawaii Island programs focusing on environment, culture, and youth, apply to partner with the Kona Brewers Festival.  Accepted beneficiary programs send teams of volunteers to run the event, and in turn, are gifted dollars to run their programs year round.  The 2018 beneficiaries represent more than 20 Island non-profit groups (list follows). “The Kona BrewFest is a beloved community gathering where friends and visitors alike celebrate community collaboration, responsible guidance and commitment to a sustainable legacy.” says Executive Director, Kate Jacobson.

In addition to the 2018 applicant beneficiaries, The Ke Kai Ala Foundation is partnering with The Bill Healy Foundation and donating $15,000 to help purchase a mobile hygiene trailer for people displaced by the recent lava eruptions. The funds will be donated to Project Vision Hawaii for Pu’uhonua o Puna. Commenting on the exceptional response of people helping people in their time of need, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.  We are in this for the long haul, and will continue to serve our community throughout the lava eruption and beyond.” -The Hub, Pu’uhonua o Puna

Mahalo to our partnering beneficiaries for another successful fundraising year.

ACF Ches Association

Ahuena Heiau

Aloha Performing Arts Company

Big Island Music Academy

Friends of NELHA

Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Honaunau  School

Innovations

Kahilu Theatre

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Ke Kai Ola

Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikaimalino

Kealakehe Project Grad

Keauhou Canoe Club

Kona Dance & Performing Arts

Kona Pacific PCS

PATH

Na Kalai Waa

Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation

SKEA

Explorations Foundation

The 24th Annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held on March 9, 2019. Watch for tickets for this sell-out event in January 2019.

KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE “NEXT ROUND,” A FESTIVAL OF CRAFT BREWS TO BE ENJOYED TOGETHER, IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, EDUCATION, AND CELEBRATION

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From: Summer Carrick

Inquiries Summer@konabrewersfestival.com

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Website http://www.konabrewersfestival.com

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 event is a tremendous collaboration of more than 500 people from various groups and businesses and remains focused on community and natural resources. After testing a shorter two session format for the past two years, the Kona Brewers Festival will join all ticket holders together into one extended session on March 10, 2018.  New this year will be a special ticket that allows early admission to the main event as well as access to Honu’s Tap Room and Lounge.

The day kicks off with the Run for Hops, a fun, family-friendly 5k run/walk and 10k run that helps support the Kona Brewers Festival beneficiary organizations and the PATH Bike Safety Education Program for Hawaii Island. In a spirit of Pualu (working together), 36 chefs and 36 brewers showcase their tastes on the beautiful luau grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Tickets:

General Admission, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, $85 to support island beneficiary organizations focused on environment, education, culture and youth and include.

  • Admission to the four-hour festival
  • Commemorative glass mug
  • Ten brew tasting coupons
  • Unlimited sampling of gourmet cuisine
  • An afternoon of entertainment including the legendary Trash Fashion show and some of Hawaii’s best musical groups

A limited number of Honu’s Taproom and Lounge Tickets are available at a cost of $185 to support island beneficiary organizations. These upgraded tickets include all General Admission amenities plus early admission to the festival and Honu’s Taproom & Lounge for a five-hour festival.  Honu tickets offer special beer and food pairings, entertainment, air conditioned seating, educational talks by local brewers, and access to move between the Lounge and general areas make this ticket the best for connoisseurs and extreme beer lovers, while further supporting the fundraising efforts of the festival.  The Lounge is open from 2:00pm-4:30pm.

The festival is made possible by more than 15 non-profits who donate their volunteers to staff the event.  In turn, festival proceeds provide a financial gift to fund local work year-round. “All the Beneficiaries volunteer in some way to make the Kona Brewers Festival a success.” Said Kate Jacobson, Executive Director of the Kona Brewers Festival, “These non-profit organizations do critical work to make our Island and the world a better place. We really want our island community to get to know that work through this festival. The beneficiary section of our website as well as our downloadable mobile app help connect the issues and causes to the party.”

In addition to funding some of the best island programs, this special event on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay diverts 90% of festival waste from landfills, much of it becoming soil for Hawaii Island school gardens.  The Kona Brewers Festival proudly accepted the 2017 Hawaii Green Business Award, and to offset the carbon impact of flying to Honolulu to accept the award, Rolinia trees were given to Beneficiary organizations to plant throughout the island.

After 22 years operating under the auspices of the Oregon based, Bill Healy Foundation, the Kona Brewers Festival is proud to announce the launch of their very own Ke Kai Ala Foundation, a locally based foundation created to advance the values of the Kona Brewers Festival.

Ke Kai Ala and Kona Brewers Festival values include:

Community collaboration – cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

Ke Kai Ala represents the path to the sea, and our responsibility as island residents to the aina and all things connected.

Location:

Courtyard King Kamehmeha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua Kona Village

Dates:

Ticket Sales: December 16, 2017 at 11am (HST)

Online Only, www.konabrewersfestival.com

General Admission Ticket Holders: March 10, 2018 3:00pm-7:00pm

Honu’s Tap Room & Lounge Ticket Holders: March 10, 2018 2:00pm-4:30pm

Run for the Hops 5K / 10K – Saturday, March 10

The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/ walk.  Presented by Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at BMW of Hawaii. Entry fee is $30 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Registration is open at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Homebrew Competition – Saturday, March 10

The Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition is a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, recognizing the most outstanding beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers.  Judges come from all over the United States to evaluate entries for 28 different styles. The Best of Show Winner for beer will have the name of their brew engraved on a plaque mounted to the Kona Barrel trophy at Kona Brewing Company’s Pub in Kailua-Kona.  Ribbons with Medallions are awarded in 28 categories.  Entries must be registered by the cutoff date at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

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KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL 2017 RAISES MORE THAN ONE MILLION FOR ISLAND PROGRAMS.

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 tremendous collaboration of more than 700 people from various groups and businesses. Beginning with the 40 chefs and 40 brewers working together to showcase their work, a pre-festival 5K/10K brings athletes and recreational family participants together to celebrate health and access to trails.  In addition, the festival is made possible by more than 20 non-profits who donate their volunteers to staff the event.  In turn, festival proceeds provide a financial gift to fund local work year-round. “All the Beneficiaries volunteer in some way to make the Kona Brewers Festival a success.” Said Kate Jacobson, Executive Director of the Kona Brewers Festival, “We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the important work these people do to make the world a better place.”

In addition to funding some of the best island programs, this special event on the shores of Kailua Bay diverts 90% of festival waste from landfills, much of it becoming soil for Hawaii Island school gardens.  The Kona Brewers Festival proudly accepted the 2017 Hawaii Green Business Award, and to offset the carbon impact of flying to Honolulu to accept the award, Rolinia trees were given to Beneficiary organizations to plant throughout the island.

After 22 years of working under the auspices of the Bill Healey Foundation, The Kona Brewers Festival announced the launch of the Ke Kai Ala Foundation, a locally based foundation created to advance the values of the Kona Brewers Festival.  Ke Kai Ala and Kona Brewers Festival values include:

Community collaboration – cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

The 23rd Annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held on March 10, 2018.  Watch for tickets to this sell-out event in December 2017.

2017 Beneficiaries

ACF Chefs Association

Ahuena Heiau

Aloha Performing Arts Company

Edible World Institute

Explorations Foundation

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hamakua Harvest

Hawaii Wildlife Fund

HELP (Healthy Eating Living Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

Innovations Charter School

Kahilu Theatre

Kai ‘Ehitu Outrigger Team

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Ke Kai Ola

Ke Kula Ke Ehunuikaimalino

Kealakehe Project Grad

Keauhou Outrigger Canoe Club

Kona Pacific Charter School

Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation

North Kohala Community Resource Ctr

People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii

South Kona Education for the Arts