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Posted: Thursday, May 8th, 2014 11:20 AM HST

Kau Coffee Festival celebrates small growers

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) The ongoing Kau Coffee Festival is celebrating the success of small growers who have begun producing world-class coffees.

West Hawaii Today reports that the 10-day festival includes farm and mill tours, stargazing, rain forest hikes and a recipe contest. A hoolaulea Saturday at the Pahala Community Center will feature coffees prepared by master baristas and a chance to meet Miss Kau Coffee and her court. Coffee experts will convene Sunday to lead education discussions.

The festivities are meant to showcase the region as a coffee hotspot and as a vacation destination.

About 40 growers, including many former sugarcane workers, maintain orchards on this section of Hawaii Island. They earned the past three coffee of the year awards given by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, from 2010 to 2012.

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