On Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 8:30 am – 5 pm, Island X Hawaii / Old Sugar Mill Brand Coffee and Coffea Consulting will host a celebration of North Shore grown coffee, cacao, produce, food, art, film, music, and surf industry manufacturing at an open house exhibition in the Old Sugar Mill, Waialua. The North Shore town of Waialua was once a bustling sugar mill town producing what locals said was the "World's Best Sugar" but in 1996 the Waialua Sugar Mill stopped production and closed its gates after over a 100 years of operation. In recent years, however, there has been a quiet resurgence of shops, businesses, and local product manufacturing that has helped transform the Old Waialua Sugar Mill into one of Oahu's newest visitor destinations. The mill is also the processing site of Waialua Coffee and Cacao / Dole. Free mini tours of the coffee and chocolate mill are offered daily at Island X Hawaii. Come join us on Saturday, April 3rd, for a gathering of local art, food, music, and community groups and to celebrate the rebirth of the Old Historic Waialua Sugar Mill.
Event Schedule and Highlights
•8:30 am Waialua Farmer's Market Co op opens featuring Waialua grown fruits and veggies. The Co op is made up of former sugar workers, growing their produce on what was previously sugar land.
•9:30 am At Island X Hawaii, Dr. Shawn Steiman of Coffea Consulting will present a short seminar on coffee roasting and how it affects coffee cup quality. To demonstrate the effect, delicious Waialua Coffee roasted to several different levels will be served to attendees. Shawn, a.k.a. Dr. Coffee, will also be available to sign copies of his book, "The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i". Coffees brewed for the seminar will be available for sampling for the remainder of the event. Free, behind the scenes coffee mill tours will be offered by Derek Lanter of Waialua Coffee and Cacao / Dole.
•10:00 am A concert by North Shore Performers and Recording Artist Roshan & Shivani / Clear Sky, winner of KPOI's "Best Musician Award" will kick off a special open market exhibition of local arts, crafts, and community groups featuring many well known North Shore Artists such as Margo Goodwill, Lynne Boyer, and Bill Braden. There will be many more exhibitors, including Waialua Soda Works, Hawaii's Special Salad Dressing, North Shore Naturals, Hawaii Chip Company, Defend Oahu Coalition, and Waialua Coffee and Cacao offering chocolate samples. Throughout the day, there will be food sampling, live music, art, and film. The Waialua Community kitchen will host local food vendors.
•The Waialua Sugar Mill Surf Industry will open their doors to visitors with companies such as Third Stone and Eric Arakawa Designs offering free tours of their surfboard factories. Sugar Mill Films / Outereef Productions will host showings featuring their movies "Finding Aloha The Movie" and the premier of "Finding Aloha 2". Bilderback Productions will premier "Big Windy" and other films. Movies will be showing from 10am until the event closes at 5pm.
Special thanks to Castle and Cook, Waialua LLC, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Department of Agriculture Seals of Quality Program, Hawaii Coffee Association, Friends for Waialua Town / Community Kitchen, Waialua Farmers' Market Co Op, and the people of the North Shore.