• Kona Coffee & Tea (map)
  • 74-5588 Palani Road
  • Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
  • U.S.A.

Beginning Monday 08 July, Kona Coffee & Tea will launch its FIRST RESPONDERS – FIRST FRIDAY campaign. $5 donations made by community members will be used to purchase a refreshing BOOST for our Big Island Police Officers and Firefighters. This collection of donations will be month-long.

Then, on the First Friday of August (02 August), and every subsequent First Friday of the month for the remainder of the year, our local First Responders will come to Kona Coffee & Tea to redeem a donated coupon for a cup of coffee of their choice. These law enforcement agents, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and rescuers will be around to chat it up with those who have donated to this cause - or even those who haven’t…

From 10–12 on each First Friday, our local heroes will be at Kona Coffee & Tea enjoying a 100% Kona libation. All unused funds will be donated to the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 organization.

The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation was formed after Laura Mallery-Sayre and Dr. Frank Sayre lost their 25-year-old son, Daniel, when he fell 500 feet in Pololu Valley. The Fire Department had no repelling lines and the helicopter they used to recover Daniel narrowly missed disaster itself.

It was then that the Sayres decided to form an entity that would aid the Fire Department with much-needed Rescue equipment. The Sayres and their benefactors have donated over $3.5 million in various apparatus for both land and sea rescues over the past 22 years.

Kona Coffee & Tea is in the Kona Coast Shopping Center, on Palani Road and has ample parking.




In late August 1997, Daniel Sayre set off for the 500-foot Kapaloa Falls in the back of Pololu Valley on the rugged north shore of the Big Island.

The 25-year-old wanted photos of his “cathedral” to take with him back to college on the mainland. But that all changed in an instant when he fell off the trail, plummeting hundreds of feet onto a rocky ledge near the falls.

He was lying there motionless when a rescue team from the Hawaii County Fire Department joined his parents in the search. After 10 hours of trying to reach him through the dense forest and steep cliff walls via helicopter, the mission was called off. But Frank Sayre and Laura Mallery-Sayre refused to leave a nearby lookout without knowing if their son was dead or possibly just unconscious.

The rescue crew members volunteered to continue working. They lacked ropes long enough to rappel, so their only option was a risky helicopter maneuver like one that had killed a search team two years earlier on Oahu…READ MORE