The 11th annual Kau Coffee Festival returns to the Island of Hawaii from April 26 to May 5 with a range of caffeine-fueled activities.

The Kau coffee district is not as well known as the Kona district, but receives its own share of awards and plaudits. The festival includes a full schedule of activities, including the Miss Kau Coffee Pageant, recipe contest, stargazing sessions, farm tours and a hike to the highland water systems that irrigate the area's coffee fields.

The two-week festival will culminate with its annual community hoolaulea (block party), set for May 4 at the Pahala Community Center, featuring live entertainment, hula performances, farm tours and coffee-infused arts, crafts and eats.

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