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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival ~ UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Picking Contest

The 2011 UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Picking Contest attracted more than one hundred coffee pickers of all levels and experience including coffee pioneers, pros, novices and keiki. Winners received generous cash prizes and gifts from UCC for picking the most Kona coffee within the three-minute time limit. 

The 2011 Kona Coffee Picking Contest winners were:

Senior / 59-75       

  1. Carl Nozaki - Kealakekua 1.44  
  2. Helen Lorance - Holualoa 1.30  
  3. Pam Punihaole - Kailua-Kona 0.69  

Pioneer / 76 &above       

  1. Ellen Sakurai - Honolulu 0.40  
  2. Ellen Kato - Pu'uwa'awa'a 0.13    

Junior Boys & Girls / 13-17       

  1. Leilani Ortega - Captain Cook 0.68  
  2. Mai Tsukamoto - Kailua-Kona 0.42  
  3. Leah Maier - Kailua-Kona 0.27  

Keikies / 8-12       

  1. David Ortega - Captain Cook 0.73  
  2. Luis Magana - Captain Cook 0.51  
  3. Vanesa Ortega - Captain Cook 0.45  

Men's Open / 18-58       

  1. Gesardo Aguilar - Kealakekua 1.29  
  2. Destrg Punihaole - Kailua-Kona 0.80      

Women'S Open / 18-58   

  1. Angela Magana - Kealakekua 1.13  
  2. Rosaura Garcia - Kealakekua 1.04  
  3. Veronica Magana - Kealakekua 0.94  

Pee-Wee /5-7       

  1. David Vasquez - Kealakekua 0.76  
  2. Damaris Magana - Kealakekua 0.44  

About UCC Hawaii - Tadao Ueshima started Ueshima Coffee Company in Japan in 1933 in order to revolutionize a new coffee trend in a country of tea drinkers. He sought to bring the taste of great coffees to Japan and helped spur Japan to be the third largest consuming nation of coffee in the world. Ueshima Coffee Company is now the largest provider of coffee products in Japan and with this growth is in a position to provide the high quality, great coffee taste that brings a "Good Coffee Smile" to the faces of coffee lovers the world over. As a part of bringing about this "Good Coffee Smile", UCC established Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp. in Kona in 1989. Ueshima Coffee UCC Hawaii Corp. has been a proud sponsor of the Kona Coffee Picking Contest for the past six years. 

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