Kona Coffee Festival

art The Kona Coffee Festival runs Nov. 6-16 and features a full calendar of events celebrating the taste and history of the area's favorite bean. Highlights:

>> The annual coffee-picking contest and the Kona coffee recipe contest both take place Nov. 9.

>> The cupping competition, a judging of the best Kona beans of the season, takes place Nov. 12-13.

>> The Culinary Invitational Nov. 12 brings 10 chefs together to showcase dishes made with coffee. Cost to taste is $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

Events are will be held throughout Kona. For a complete schedule, locations and contest entry details, visit the Web site, or call 808-326-7820.

Aki Matsuri time

Autumn has arrived and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is in the mood to celebrate with the Aki Matsuri, or fall festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Japanese foods will be the focus, including musubi, donburi, nishime and soba. A farmer's market will offer organic produce as well as fresh flowers.

Entertainment includes Japanese music and dance, as well as make-and-take ikebana (flower arranging) and a calligraphy booth. Call 945-7633.

Enjoy pumpkin picking

The Great Kapolei Pumpkin Picking Patch is open at Aloun Farms, offering hay rides and a chance to select your own perfectly deformed Halloween fruit.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31 at the farm, 91-1440 Farrington Highway.

This weekend is Kraft Foods Family Fun Weekend, featuring samples of Kraft products and free hay rides for anyone with a UPC symbol, wrapper or recipe for a Kraft product.

Call 677-9516, ext. 41.

Tanner Isaacs, left, and Taiga Benitol picked some kid-size pumpkins when Pali Pre-School toured the pumpkin patch at Aloun Farms last year.

Soups and cookies

The Lyon Arboretum offers the following cooking classes. Cost is $28; $25 for arboretum members. All class times are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 988-0456.

Soups: Göran Streng, executive chef of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki will demonstrate soups that make hearty meals, next Wednesday.

Perfect Holiday Cookies: Pastry chef Abigail Langlas shares the secrets of the cookies she makes for the Honolulu Coffee Co., Nov. 1.

KCC cooking classes

Kapiolani Community College offers these classes in early November. Registration runs three weeks ahead; 734-9211.

Vegetarian Entrees: Chef Sharon Kobayashi of Latitude 22 teaches how to make satisfying meatless entrées, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Cost is $39.

Fish Prepared Two Ways: Chef/instructor Alfredo Cabacungan explains how to make Chinese-style steamed fish and fish in parchment paper, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6. Cost is $39.

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