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Kona Historical Society


A “living history” program tells a story through the use of historic buildings, artifacts, and authentic landscapes. Living history gives students and visitors an opportunity to experience history “brought to life” by costumed interpreters who demonstrate traditional crafts, agricultural activities, and the everyday tasks of people from the past.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm brings the coffee pioneer’s story to life by depicting the daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945. Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse, and visit with the donkey and chickens.

Self-guided tours include the orchard, farmhouse and coffee-processing mill. The Farm’s kiosk is open to visitors Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Farm’s tour is available Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The gates close promptly at 2:00 so arrive at least by 1:15 p.m. in order to have a full tour: $20 for adults, $5.00 for children 5 through 12, Children under 5 are free.

The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

A visit to the H.N. Greenwell Store at Kalukalu is a fun and enriching experience for people of all ages.

It will take you back in time, to Kona mauka in the 1890s, a multi-ethnic society centered on ranching and farming. This place was the hub of the community, and our living history program here tells the story of this unique time and place.

Stocked with accurate reproductions of goods that filled the shelves and hung from the ceiling joists, the store offers a glimpse of activities at Kalukalu over a century ago. Close your eyes and be transported back in time as the storekeeper offers St. Jacobs Oil to cure your arthritis or rheumatism. Check out the store merchandise as the clerk assembles your order of denim trousers, woolen long johns, coffee beans, tobacco, rice, calico yard goods, a 24 foot-length of rope to tether your horse, and a parasol to protect the ladies from the bright Kona sun. You will be tempted to purchase a new paniolo saddle made with a Hawaiian saddletree or some dry poi, called pa’i'ai, and some wild dog poison for your next trip mauka. Before leaving, share some gossip about local people and events.
You won’t leave this place without feeling that you have been transported back in time for a rare glimpse into Kona’s colorful past.

The H.N. Greenwell Store is open
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Admission is $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free. Reservations are not needed, but you may call us to check availability. 323-3222

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