Meet our Miss Kona Coffee Team!

Ally Brown
Executive Director/Producer

Ally Brown was born and raised on a coffee & macadamia nut farm in Captain Cook. A numbers girl with a creative soul, Ally is passionate about serving her Big Island community and inspiring women to chase down their dreams. An entrepreneur, wife, mom, and community organizer, Ally is adept at wearing ‘many hats’ with grace. She is the founder of Revitalized Life with Ally B, an accounting consulting agency & Ally B Inspired which provides wedding & event planning services.  Ally also is the Managing Director & CFO of the Ladies Artisan Market

Samantha Collins
Associate Director

Samantha Collins joined the Miss Kona Coffee organization in 2019 as our Awards Chair. She is a mom of two beautiful daughters who enjoys spending time with her family, dancing hula and traveling. She is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government and has spent her career in hospitality sales. Her reason for supporting the Miss Kona Coffee competition is due to the empowerment and educational opportunities the organization provides to women of Hawaii Island.

Ilihia Gionson
Communications Director
Samantha Emmons
Photography - Lehua Moon

Ilihia Gionson - Forthcoming

Samantha Emmons - Forthcoming

Jeanne Kapela
Artistic Consultant

Jeanné Kapela was Miss Kona Coffee 2014, Miss Hawai'i 2015 and won Miss Congeniality at Miss America 2016. She is the founder and Executive Director of UNITE Hawai'i, an organization devoted to ending sexual exploitation through education. Jeanné is also an accomplished ballet dancer and taught dance at Kona Dance & Performing Arts. In November 2020, Jeanné was elected as our State Representative for District 5! Click here for more info on Jeanné!