It’s no secret: our keiki are our future. The Best of Kona Festival fully supports our local youth through active and educational opportunities.

For teens interested in media and marketing, the Festival teamed up with the digital marketing team at Kealekehe High School and teacher Randy Shelor. That young team is making promotional banners for the festival, and its video team will capture the day of the festival on video for promotion of future festivals, and for a “real world client” opportunity. Be sure to check back to this website when we debut their finished video! 


Another “tasteful” educational opportunity is with the Kealakehe culinary team led by long time culinary teacher, Karen Sheff. The young aspiring chefs will make pork wraps using donated produce from local food hub, Adaptations, and you can purchase them as an ono snack.

The funds from the wraps will go to a school trip to Oregon, for additional culinary education. The students will be receiving “real world” experience in creating the food, designing the booth, selling the wraps to the public, and keeping track of funds. All skills to help them work in the hospitality industry or open their own restaurants. Just think: you could eat food prepared by the next Sam Choy or Roy Yamaguchi.

There’s also two Konawaena students helping with social media (and getting valuable digital marketing experience) Check out their work on our Instagram page! @BestOfKonaFest. Finally, a team of Hawaii Tech Academy seniors will represent their school outreach table (it’s part of their senior graduation project) and provide an activity for the public so they can write about it for their curriculum on project planning. Kona Pacific Public Charter school will be also be at the Festival to answer admissions questions and may bring their signature arts experience.

Want to have your school participate? Contact us!