Art entries sought for 49th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, announces its call for signature art for the official image of the 2019 festival.

Hawaii artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms, including fine art, graphic design and photography. Artists are encouraged to be inspired by the culture behind the cup and consider the festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique, nearly 200-year coffee heritage.


Artists of traditional media such as oil, acrylic, tempera, water color, illustrations as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate. There is no entry fee and the competition is open to all Hawaii Island residents 18 and older. Artwork submissions are due by April 5.

The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 2019 festival, slated for Nov. 1-10, includes events that promote Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity and supports the festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.

At a glance

ELIGIBILITY: Open to Hawaii residents only. Selected artists from the two previous years are not eligible.

COMPENSATION: One submission will be selected from all eligible entrants. The selected artist will receive $500; name recognition on all print collateral, including poster, magazine and rack cards; a feature on the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival website along with a link to the artist’s homepage; a photo and feature in the festival’s media kit and 32-page full color magazine; and press release showcasing the artist

SELECTION: Signature festival art will be selected based on the following: artistic execution and marketing adaptation (60 percent); conformance to the guiding mission (40 percent).


SIGNATURE ART: The concept image must be adaptable, in whole or in part, for the use in other media, including but without limitation, advertisements, T-shirts, brochures and rack cards. Typography should not be included within the art.

DUE DATE: Submissions are due by April 5 and should be delivered to Malia Bolton Hind at the Kona Coffee & Tea Co. located at 74-5588 Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. Entries also can be submitted electronically via email to Be sure to include “Festival Submission” in the subject line with electronic entries.

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