The Sun Sets on the 21st Kona Brewers Festival!

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Photo by Summer Carrick

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.

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Photo by Mason Lake Photography

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 that’s just the very tip of the iceberg, there is so much that goes on, so many layers to this brew fest that have an impact.” Said Cameron Healy, founder of Kona Brewing Company, “It’s so affirming to how positive and great a community there is here, and all the volunteers, all the participants, all the attendees, the sponsors, the zero waste value of this event, the trash fashion and the example and message trash fashion gives. Every year, people take away bits of inspiration.  It’s hard to describe the essence of it, but everybody has a positive impact, and of course, it creates funding.”

This special event on the shores of Kailua Bay includes a top 5 national homebrew competition, environmental education booths, a 5K/10K run, music, hula, a trash fashion show, and the signature beer and food tasting event that features 40 Hawaii Island chefs and 40 microbreweries from around the U.S. The organizers of the Kona Brewers Festival make every effort to create an event which is ecologically responsible, economically sustainable, encourages the well-being of the community, and is infused with the spirit of aloha ‘aina.

Save The Date for the 22nd Annual Kona Brewers Festival, March 11, 2017.  Tickets go on sale December 17, 2016 at 11am HST.

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2016 Beneficiaries

APAC (Aloha Performing Arts Center)

Deep and Beyond

Donkey Mill Art Center

Edible World Institute

WHEA (Explorations Foundation)

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hawai'i Montessori School

HELP (Healthy Eating Learning Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

InnovationsPCS  Foundation

Kahilu Theatre

Kealakehe Project Grad

Ke Kai Ola

Kona Pacific PCS

Lava Roots Performing Arts

PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii)

SKEA (South Kona for Arts Education)

ACF Chefs Kona Kohala

Ahuena Heiau

Kai E'Hitu Canoe Club

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Keauhou Canoe Club

Kona Athletic Club

Na Iwi Ola Foundation

Photo by Mason Lake Photography

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