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The Rising Sun Farm of Ka’u reached the pinnacle of the specialty coffee world by earning the 2010 Coffee of the Year award in the Hawaii-USA category at the prestigious Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Roasters Guild international cupping competition at the SCAA’s 22nd annual expo.

Coffee cupping is a combination of art and science where coffees are evaluated and scored based on subtle characteristics including, flavor, aroma, “mouth-feel,” acidity, sweetness and aftertaste. Participating coffees are cupped blind by a panel of highly qualified experts.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Ka’u coffees have earned international acclaim in the prestigious competition and the second time Rising Sun has earned a top spot.

Competing against 134 exceptional coffees assembled from such legendary coffee origins as Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, the Rising Sun earned an impressive 87.563 score.

The seven-acre farm, operated by Will & Grace Tabios of Na’alehu is located at 1900-foot elevation on lands upland of the town of Pahala where the family cultivates Guatemalan Typica and Bourbon varietals. Will & Grace’s winning coffee was produced by the labor-intensive “pulped natural” method which produces pleasantly sweet, bright, citrus and floral flavors.

Rising Sun coffee is available at Alan Wong’s famous King Street restaurant in Honolulu, Will and Grace’s store in Naalehu or by calling (808) 557-4441.

The SCAA is the world’s largest coffee trade association dedicated to supporting a vibrant specialty coffee community. For more information, visit

Up-comng events and activities taking place on Hawaii Island (aka Big Island)

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Before there were any developments on the South Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island, there were the resort areas of Kailua-Kona and Keauhou.

Keauhou is a culturally-rich area with heiau (stone temples), ancient burial grounds and more.  One of the major hotels here is the Keauhou Beach Resort and, on Sunday, March 29, the resort marks its 40th anniversary with a day-long celebration in the hotel’s Royal Luau Grounds from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Local families, friends and visitors are invited to be a part of the festivities that will include local arts and crafts, Hawaiian makahiki games, cultural tent, Hawaiian plate lunches and (non-alcoholic) beverages for sale, and a line-up of entertainment.  Anyone planning to enjoy the celebration should bring along a beach mat and chairs so they can get comfortable while enjoying the day.

Schedule of Events

Made in Hawai‘i Arts & Crafters:  7:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Hawaiian Printed Bags, Hawaiian wood pendants, Lauhala weaving, black pearls and other goodies.

Hale ‘Imi Na‘auao cultural tent (located in the Punawai Gardens):  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Makahiki Games
  • Hawaiian Language
  • Lei Making (Wili Ti-leaf)
  • Beginning Hula

Entertainment (Royal Lu‘au Grounds):  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Ceremony with Employee Chant (E ala e)
  • Kumu Keala Ching, Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola
  • Alula with Rolinda Bean
  • Special Guest artist Aunty Diana Aki
  • Kumu Aloha Victor with Hālau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu
  • Kumu Wayne Takemoto with Hālau Ka‘ulaokalani o Kona
  • Aloha ‘Aina

The Keauhou Beach Resort enjoys a prime oceanfront setting with tide pools sheltering sea turtles and reef fish out front and Kahalu‘u Bay Beach Park, one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island, right next door.

Parking is free. No outside food or coolers will be allowed.

Residents who want to make a weekend of it can take advantage of the hotel’s low kama‘āina rates starting at $109 per night.

For reservations or information, call toll free 1-866-326-6803 or the hotel direct at 1-808-324-2515 (long distance charges apply), or visit

Images courtesy of Keauhou Beach Resort