Awards and Recognition
Since 2004, the Kona Coffee Council has held an event at Four Season's Hualalai here on the Big Island that is called "Cream of the Crop". Entrants serve samples of coffee to the public and the tasters get to vote for their favorites in a People's Choice competition. Makahiki Farms 100% kona Coffee has won silver medals in 2004, and 2009 and bronze in 2006 and 2008. There is also a Chef's competition which is a blind tasting by culinary experts. Makahiki Farms has won Chef's Choice bronze in 2006 and silver in 2009.
Since 2010, we have been acting as KCC volunteers for this event tallying votes, and thus have not entered our coffee.
In conjunction with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, we have entered our label and our web site into competitions held in November each year. Our label has won the Sponsor's Award twice and Second Place for our updated custom printed bag in 2012 and in 2013. The web site has been well received also, winning a sponsor's award and second place three times.
Over time, we have become more involved in these events as volunteers instead of competing. This web site will be entered again in the festival competition in 2013 since it has been recently re-designed.