Kailua-Kona is a small town on the Big Island, and our First Responders are our Ohana. At Kona Coffee & Tea we wanted a way for our community to give back. All month long we collect $5 donations that will be used to purchase a refreshing boost for our Big Island Police Officers and Firefighters.
Then, on the First Friday of each 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 talk story with members of the community.
From 10–12 on each First Friday, our local heroes will be at Kona Coffee & Tea enjoying a 100% Kona coffee of their choice. 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.