21st Annual Kona Brewers Festival
KBF Dream Team - We held a daylong retreat in August of 2015 to envision the future of the Kona Brewers Festival.
The Team developed these Core Values.
In response to the high demand for tickets and to better serve the needs of our non-profit beneficiaries, the Team decided to host two sessions in 2016.
March 11, 2016 - BrewFest weekend kicks off with the Friday night Brewers Reception.
New pub manager, Richard Johnson, did a great job with both site layout and onolicious food. We welcomed 257 guests representing 47 breweries.
Proud to honor the Kona Brewing Company's hometown brewers.
677 people gathered to participate in the 9th Annual Run for Hops
Once again, Flint Design comes through with exceptional graphics on retail merchandise.
Volunteers start setting up at the King Kam luau grounds at 6:30am.
It takes a lot of muscle to haul in 188 kegs and enough ice to keep the beer cold all day.
27 restaurants brought 1500 tastes for Festival guests. That's over 40,000 bites!
Beneficiary volunteers prepared 1000 Ti leaf "plates".
The pre-event press converence allows us to talk to the media in a quiet, calm place before the crowds arrive.
Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation sets the intention of the day; reminding us to take care of Hawaii for future generations.
Kona Brewers Festival Board members; Mattson Davis, Thalia Davis, Cameron Healy, and Kate Jacobson.
Kumu Keala Ching leads the blessing ceremony at Ahuena Heiau.
For the first time, we hosted two separate sessions, selling a total of 2800 tickets.
Lyman Medieros and Rebecca Villegas co-emceed the stage show.
BrewFest is a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
110 volunteer beer pourers served 4oz tastes all day long.
Many restaurants created Island style cuisine featuring locally sourced produce.
Sponsor income was at an all time high of $73,800.
We gratefully added nine new sponsors this year. All have agreed to donate again in 2017.
Other new things that made BrewFest 2016 the best ever... high boy tables.
expanded retail items; growlers, tote bags, coasters and lots of hat and T-shirt options
And the volunteers favorite new thing; the Brewers Hospitality Lounge. High school culinary students prepared and served lunch for 500. Real life experience they totally excelled at!
Buffet Style Reduces Food Waste.
The entire Trash Fashion show was photographed with professional lights and background to document the amazing creativity of our volunteers.
Kat's costume is made entirely of commerical fishery rubbish that washed up on Hawaii beaches.
Thalia created this dumpster diva design from sun damaged living room drapes and broken irrigation tubing.
More living room decor discards make up Michele's trash fashion.
Plastic packaging materials make up Krista's outfit.
Photo by Kirk Shorte
We're not quite at Zero Waste yet, but we're getting close. Fully 90% of the waste generated from BrewFest 2016 was diverted from the landfill. The rest was composted into soil or recycled.
And a good time was had by all
22nd Annual Kona Brewers Festival March 11, 2017