Courtyard King Kamehmeha's Kona Beach Hotel, in Kailua Kona Village
Nestled against Kamakahonu Bay, and overlooking theʻAhuʻena heiau, the Kona Brewer’s Festival offers an experience unique to Hawaii Island. Produced in the spirit of Pualu (working together) and Malama Pono (respecting the land), the festival draws thousands of people together to enjoy incredible craft beer, island style cuisine, great music and the company of good friends. Add to that the views of Kailua village and the trembling blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean, the stage is set for an authentic Hawaiian experience.
Each of 36 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland United States taps up two types of beer, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of every craft beer connoisseur. Chefs from 36 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and barbecued meats to decadent desserts. A hula and blessing kick off the event. A stage with live music entertains festival-goers throughout the day. The annual Trash Fashion Show, designed to raise environmental awareness, shows off attire made entirely from recycled material.
Since its humble beginning in 1996 to celebrate the creation of the Kona Brewing Company, the festival’s mission is raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations which contribute to the well being of Hawaii’s youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions through the celebration of handcrafted brews and local cuisine in a sustainable community gathering on the Island of Hawaii.
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
The Festival includes a Home Brewers Competition and the ever popular Run for Hops 5k run/walk. Over the past 22 years, the Kona Brewers Festival has become one of Hawaii’s premier events and has raised more than $965,000 for Big Island non-profit organizations. Join us in raising pints and funds for a better world!
Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival Main Event on Saturday are $85 and include a commemorative event mug, seven four-ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online ($5 fee).