Miss Kona Coffee Contestants 2020
Coffee brings people together. Even in morning chaos, with a cup of Kona Coffee, you find yourself smiling and embracing the islands Aloha spirit.
Every year the Big Island of Hawaii holds its most popular event, the Kona Coffee Festival. Which holds numerous activities and events, including the Miss Kona Coffee / Miss Aloha Hawaii Scholarship Pageant.
This year the girls running are being led by previous titleholder, and executive director, Jeann`e Kapela (Miss America 2016 & Miss Hawaii 2015), and the current titleholders, Ruby Basque - Jordan (Miss Kona Coffee 2019) & Noelani Balanay (Miss Aloha Hawaii 2019), as well as Ally Brown (Associate Director).
Ally Brown (Far left), Noelani Balanay (First left), Ruby Basque - Jordan (First right), Jeanne Kapela (Far right)
This year, the sponsor for the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition was UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee, which made capturing these beautiful photos at the farm itself, even more special.
The UCC Coffee Farm, located in Holualoa Hawaii, held exactly what Jeann`e Kapela (Executive Director) and Ally Brown ( Associates Director) had in mind when they thought about the meaning behind The Kona Coffee Festival.
With the sun peeking over the top of the island the lighting was spectacular and made for beautiful photographs. Not to mention, the smiling faces of these gorgeous young women.
Nestled between rows of thriving Coffee plants our contestants radiated what it truly means to represent their community.
Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawai’i are ambassadors, representing Hawai’i Island’s unique culture and heritage. They are committed to public service and empowering their fellow community members.
Contestants compete for scholarships and the opportunity to participate in the Miss Hawai’i and Miss America competitions. In 2019, the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition will be held on November 2nd at the historic Aloha Theatre. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the competition beginning at 6:00pm sharp. Admission is $38, which includes entrance to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
Photography: EMotion Galleries Photography by Ranae Keane-Bamsey
Venue: UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Farm
Miss Kona Coffee / Miss Aloha Hawaii: Miss Kona Coffee
Miss Kona Coffee (Executive Director): Jeanne Kapela
The Coffee Festival: Kona Coffee Festival