First Responders - First Friday

Coffee with and for our Local Heroes

Kailua-Kona, HI – Beginning Monday 08 July, Kona Coffee & Tea will launch its FIRST RESPONDERS – FIRST FRIDAY campaign. $5 donations made by community members will be used to purchase a refreshing BOOST for our Big Island Police Officers and Firefighters. This collection of donations will be month-long.

Then, on the First Friday of August (02 August), and every subsequent First Friday of the month, our local First Responders will come to Kona Coffee & Tea to redeem a donated coupon for a cup of coffee of their choice. These law enforcement agents, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and rescuers will be around to chat it up with those who have donated to this cause. Or even those who haven’t…

From 10–12 on each First Friday, our local heroes will be at Kona Coffee & Tea enjoying a 100% Kona libation.

All unused funds will be donated to the Daniel R. Sayre Foundation, a 501c3 organization.

The Daniel R. Sayre Foundation was formed after Laura Mallery-Sayre and Dr. Frank Sayre lost their 25-year-old son, Daniel, when he fell 500 feet in Pololu Valley. The Fire Department had no repelling lines and the helicopter they used to recover Daniel narrowly missed disaster itself.

It was then that the Sayres decided to form an entity that would aid the Fire Department with much-needed Rescue equipment. The Sayres and their benefactors have donated over $3.5 million in various apparatus for both land and sea rescues over the past 22 years.

The Kona Coffee and Tea Company is in the Kona Coast Shopping Center, on Palani Road and has ample parking.