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Kona pays tribute to the coffee bean
In Kona, they take their coffee seriously. It's not just a morning brew, it's a life's work and so the annual Kona Coffee Cultural festival celebrates the growing, picking, roasting and serving of the local bean.
This year's festival will be held Nov. 3 to 11 throughout the Kona area. The more than 50 events include a coffee-picking contest, tastings, two parades, a scholarship pageant, farm tours, art exhibits, a concert and a golf tournament.
Central to the festival is the annual Gevalia Kona Cupping Contest Nov. 8 and 9 at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach, which crowns the best beans of the season.
Entries are judged by an international panel. Spectators are invited to observe the art of coffee judging at no charge.
Among other highlights is the Kona Signature Cup -- a competition for baristas, or coffee brewers, 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at Kona Joe Coffee. Twelve baristas will compete to create an original Kona coffee drink, to be judged on presentation, preparation, taste and appearance. To enter visit www.konajoe.com or call (808) 756-0180.
The fifth annual Kona Coffee Culinary Invitational challenges chefs to create dishes featuring Kona coffee as an ingredient, with their dishes available for tasting.
The competition takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, also at the Outrigger Keauhou. Tickets are $40 in advance (available at the hotel); $45 at the door. Entertainment, wine and beer are included. Call (808) 324-2554.
For a schedule of events visit www.konacoffeefest.com or call (808) 326-7820.
Sunday brunch offers street-cart sampling
E&O Trading Co. hosts its third Street Cart Experience Buffet Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The brunches are a partnership with Pacific Gateway Center, which offers start-up food businesses a commercial kitchen to prepare their food. Many of the businesses are run by low-income residents, refugees and immigrants.
This month's menu features Malaysian, Cambodian and Singaporean food. Tickets are $30, to benefit the center. Call 845-3918 or 591-9555.
Taro's traditions are focus of discussions
The Bishop Museum hosts a panel discussion on kalo, or taro, from its origins to its future uses, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19.
The presentation, one in a series of quarterly "Traditions of the Pacific" sessions, will feature ethnobotanist Isabella Abbott, cultural specialist Hugh Lovell and HPC Foods manager Ciero Bernales addressing current and future uses for kalo.
A poi-pounding demonstration and sampling of kalo products will be included.
Admission is $5; free for Bishop Museum members. Reservations required; call 848-4157.
Holloway of 'Lost' has worries about Sawyer
NEW YORK » Josh Holloway
, who plays sexy con man Sawyer on "Lost," sometimes worries that the ABC show's twisty, secretive plot will put him out of work.
"Everybody in the cast worries about being killed off, and we wouldn't know until they handed us the script -- three days before shooting," the 37-year-old actor says in the November issue of Men's Journal magazine.
"It's a sensitive issue. People have houses here, kids in school. Most of us aren't in our 20s anymore."
Holloway's Sawyer has developed into both a villain and a fan favorite.
"It still shocks me how people love him," he says. "But my take on guys like him is they're just dudes who have a different perspective on how to survive. Truth is, there's a little Sawyer in all of us, and that's why people get into him."
He'll play another bad boy -- a kidnapper -- in the thriller "The Whisper," slated for release next year.
"It's a fun movie, but I'm looking to do a really different role next, more of a character who maybe even keeps his shirt on most of the time."