Raising Pints and Raising Funds for Island Non-Profits

beer glasses cheers at kona brewing festival big island hawaii

Held annually since 1996 by the Ke Kai Ala Foundation, the 2023 Kona Brewers Festival is set for Saturday, March 11, 2023 on the Luau Grounds of the King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott Beach Resort in the heart of Kailua-Kona.

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The charity event benefits Hawaii Island non-profit organizations that support the well-being of island youth, environmental conservation and cultural traditions. Over the past 27 years, it has become one of the year’s most anticipated and most successful festivals. The day-long fun includes a Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk beginning at 7:30 am with entertainment, dining and great eats from 4 pm to 7 pm.

large group of people running in charity race

Dozens of community organizations work together to benefit each other while providing thousands of island residents and visitors a chance to sample a variety of craft beers, taste island-style cuisine from some of the Big Island’s best restaurants and enjoy an afternoon of fabulous, live entertainment. Since the event’s inception, it has raised $1.44 million for island non-profit organizations.

kona food and drink festival on the beach on hawaii island

General admission tickets are $100 and include a commemorative glass mug, ten four-ounce brew tasting tokens, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of live music. Rain or shine, the festival goes on; tickets are non-refundable.

The King Kamehameha Courtyard Marriott is located at 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Purchase tickets in advance online:  Tickets – Kona Brewers Festival.

All photos are courtesy of Kona Brewers Festival.

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For more about the lifestyle and real estate in Kailua-Kona, please contact Carrie Nicholson, R(B), BIC, Director of Hawaii Life One – Big Island, (808) 896-9749 or

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