Celebrate caffeine, Hawai’i-style, at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Nov. 9–18. Notable as one of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Signature Events, this festival marks 48 years and is Hawai’i’s oldest food festival. The history of coffee farming in Hawai’i alone is fascinating — today’s thriving production can be credited to Reverend Samuel Ruggles, who brought coffee plant cuttings from Oahu to South Kona on Hawai’i Island in 1828. The plants loved the volcanic soil and, just over a decade after their introduction, coffee farms had been firmly established in Kona.
The annual harvest celebration includes nearly 50 events taking place over the span of 10 days. Events include the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, an evening Lantern Parade and hands-on cultural events and activities. There’s a coffee recipe contest, the 100 percent Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, the Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll at the historic Holualoa Village, the UCC Kona Coffee Picking & Farm Experience and a Kona Coffee 101 Seminar.
Musical events include the Aloha Makahiki Concert and the Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night at the Aloha Theater. Visitors can also participate in a Kona Coffee Council Farm & Mill Tour or a Living History Farm Tour offered by the Kona Historical Society.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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