Java Jumping Fun June 1-8, 2024

Ka‘u, Hawai‘i Island—The 14th Ka‘u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a full lineup of activities perking June 1 through 8 and culminating with the popular, day-long ho‘olaule‘a and tasty Ka‘u Coffee Experience.

Supported by a host of community sponsors and volunteers, the Ka‘u Coffee Festival is designed to celebrate Ka‘u as a premium coffee growing origin and a unique visitor destination. Many events are free, while others require a nominal fee and reservations. All activities feature the exceptional flavor and aroma of Ka‘u coffee and the remarkable people and special place that produce it. Kindly note the 2024 festival schedule is subject to change; visit for the latest information. 

Saturday, June 1:  Ka‘u Coffee Recipe Contest offers a free cooking competition for adults and keiki at 11 a.m. with cash prizes at the Ka‘u Coffee Mill. Entries are accepted in pupu, entree and dessert categories for adult and student divisions. All recipes are made with Ka‘u coffee and attendees enjoy free coffee, tastings and entertainment. Entry deadline is May 27. Contact 808-928-0550 for registration info. 

Saturday, June 1: Pa‘ina & Open House at historic Pahala Plantation House featuring music, hula, food and house tours 6-9:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Ka‘u Coffee Growers Cooperative, Pahala Plantation Cottages and The Ka‘u Calendar newspaper. Free, potluck, donations accepted. 

Wednesday, June 5: Tour Ka‘u Coffee Farms and see how this world-class coffee is grown, harvested and processed. Meet the farmers and talk story to learn their challenges and successes. Take a free, self-guided tour; participating farms will be listed on the festival website. 

During the week enjoy the scenic and historic beauty of Ka‘u, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach, Honu‘apo fishponds, the cliffs of Ka Lae—the southernmost place in the U.S.—and the nearby Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Stay in one of the many accommodations in Ka‘u, including hotels, cottages, cabins, campgrounds and more. 

Thursday, June 6: Ka’u Mountain Hike & Lunch explores the historic flume systems of the sugarcane era and development of hydroelectric power in the lush Wood Valley rainforest. Limited to 30 participants, time is 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $60 per person, includes lunch. Reserve a spot at 808-928-0550.

Friday, June 7: “Cowboy up” for Coffee & Cattle Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at scenic Aikane Plantation Coffee Farm. Find out how descendants of Ka‘u’s first coffee farmer sustainably integrate coffee with pasture-raised beef. $35 fee includes a hearty, all-you can eat outdoor buffet featuring local specialties. Reserve your spot at 808-927-2252.

Friday June 7: Ka‘u Star Gazing enables sky seekers to view the heavens via telescopes guided by professional astronomers from the hills surrounding Ka’u Coffee Mill. Find out how stars are instrumental in the age-old Hawaiian art of wayfinding and navigation. Time is 5:30-10 p.m., $60 fee includes a tasty barbecue dinner and shuttle transport from Ka‘u Coffee Mill. Reservations: 808-928-0550.

Saturday, June 8: Fun is perking 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the free Ka‘u Coffee Festival Ho‘olaule‘a—the festival’s grand finale of live music, hula, local food and crafts, keiki activities, educational displays, guided coffee tastings and farm and mill tours headquartered inside and out of the Pahala Community Center. A ho‘olaule‘a highlight is the free Ka‘u Coffee Experience where a variety of Ka’u coffees are prepared using different brewing methods by professional baristas throughout the day. 

Founded in coffee traditions dating to the 1800s—Ka‘u coffee burst onto the specialty coffee scene by winning numerous coffee quality awards. These accolades highlight the unique combination of people and place that makes Ka‘u coffee a favorite across the globe. The festival’s mission is to raise awareness of Ka‘u as a world-class, coffee-growing origin.  

Ka‘u Coffee Festival vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and festival updates, visit and follow Ka‘u Coffee Festival on Facebook and @kaucoffeefest on Twitter and Instagram.