Events Calendar

Celebrate Big Island Museums Month With Us!

September 1-30 at all participating museums on Hawaii Island















The Kona Historical Society is celebrating Big Island Museums Month with free admission to all programs with a membership card from any of these participating museums:
Kona Historical Society’s H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
East Hawai`i Cultural Center
`Imiloa Astronomy
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lyman Museum
Pacific Tsunami Museum
The Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Volcano Art Center
Let’s Celebrate!

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s Open House: “Made in Kona”

Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will be hosting their annual Open House on Saturday, October 1 from 10a.m.-2p.m., At this year’s annual celebration honoring Kona’s heritage, the theme is “Made In Kona” and promises a day filled with family-fun activities that revolve around all the amazing things that are made in Kona, Hawaii, whether it’s coffee, baked goods, farm produce, music or hand-crafted items. Some of the highlights of this free event will be traditional foods & goodies; local music by Diana Aki & Friends; “Hands on History” activities where you can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others—keiki & grownups are encouraged to join in and learn a new craft; Chicken Hekka demonstration & plate lunch by Sandy’s Drive In (they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary!); Kona coffee tastings; an historical photo exhibit and tours of the historic 1920’s coffee mill and farmhouse.  To make parking easier, catch the shuttle (9:30a.m.-3p.m.) from Kealakekua Ranch Center that day, generously provided by Hawai’i Forest & Trail and Roberts Hawaii. Come join the fun and don’t miss out on the cultural celebration that surrounds 17 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation! KHS’ main sponsor for this event is the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union. Also sponsoring this event is Farm & Garden, Kimura Lauhala in Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Yoshimatsu Kimura and Body Glove Hawaii with support from Darl C. Gleed & Assoc., Sue Brown Realty & Assoc., Onouli Farm, Kona Brewing Company & West Hawaii Today. For more information call 808-323-3222. KHS strives to keep this a free event by having businesses and individuals in the community sponsor it. If you would like to become a sponsor please call us! We’d love to get you involved!

Hualalai Crater Jeep Trip

Saturday, October 22, 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Check in at Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, Kailua Kona


Another exciting Kona Historical Society Jeep Trip!  This one will be starting in Kailua Kona and heading up the slopes of Hualalai. On Saturday, October 22, the Kona Historical Society will be providing a Jeep Trip in cooperation/sponsorship with Hawaii Forest & Trail (HF&T) to the cool and misty lavascaped slopes of Hualalai Mountain. After your check in at Hawaii Forest & Trail’s headquarters you will travel by private SUV to the gates of Hualalai. Here you will offroad up the mountain to begin your trek on foot with your interpretive naturalist at 6,500 ft, where a surreal scene of black lava flows and native dryland forest awaits. See firsthand the geologic forces which created our islands at the heart of Hualalai’s 1801 eruption, Kaupulehu Crater. You’ll travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations, and walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a lava tube – Hualalai has it all!
Reservations are required and you must be a current KHS member to attend. Joining and signing up is easy! Just give us a call (808-323-3222) or click here if you need to join or renew. Reservations are $170 and must be made before Monday, October 17 along with a waiver. This includes round trip transportation from Kona and a deli lunch with beverages. No late reservations are allowed. There will be at least 2 miles of walking (on uneven trails) so bring your good walking shoes and all-weather gear. This is a fundraiser for KHS. These trips fill up fast so make your reservation today!

Fresh Wreath & Centerpiece Making Jeep Trip

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM, "Up Mauka"


November is the beginning of the season where a beautiful wreath or centerpiece is a given at any holiday gathering. Join KHS on their annual “Fresh Wreath & Centerpiece Making Jeep Trip” and get your creative juices flowing under the tutelage of experienced floral designers. These wreaths are easy to do and will remain beautiful for many months.
We will meet at the Kealakekua Ranch Center and travel “up mauka”, picking fresh ohia and other natural materials along the way. Talks on identifying and using native flora will be interspersed with picking. All wreath making materials (besides the ones you pick along the way!) will be provided along with a hearty hot lunch, beverages and other goodies. This trip is for beginners and experts alike and is the perfect way to “capture the holiday spirit!”
We check in at 7:00 AM for the start of the trip at Kealakekua Ranch Center parking lot (lower level) and complete the trip at about 3:30 PM. As with all of our jeep trips, you must be a current KHS member to attend; click here if you would like to join or renew.  To join this trip you must reserve a spot and send in your waiver along with a payment of $110 no later than Monday, November 7.  After this date the cost will be $120. You may reserve a spot online by clicking here.  For members wishing to go but do not have 4WD, participation is based on space availability.  This trip is limited so sign up today!

Rescheduled August’s Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series Sponsored by Kona Frame Shop

Wednesday, November 9 (rescheduled from August 31), 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center


How do you handle, clean and store your most precious family photos, documents and heirlooms? Bring your questions to “Care of Family Treasures” on Wednesday, November 9 when Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona lecture series Malia Van Heukelem. Malia has worked with art and artifacts of all shapes and sizes over a career that has spanned work as collections manager for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places Program and ‘Iolani Palace, to her current duties as preservation management specialist with the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library. You can also bring a precious item for diagnosis & you’ll be able to get a recommendation or a resource to help you with its care.
This is the rescheduled August portion of a community lecture series for 2016 held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai’i, this lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, it is open to all, residents and visitors alike. For more information call 808-323-3222. This lecture is generously sponsored by Kona Frame Shop and supported by West Hawaii Today.

Special Bread Bake Days At the Portuguese Stone Oven

First Tuesday of Every Month, 10a.m.-12:30p.m., KHS' Pasture in Kealakekua


If you’ve got a sweet tooth, but don’t like to bake, Kona Historical Society can satisfy your appetite. KHS is holding Special Bakes on the first Tuesday of every month (in addition to its regular Thursday bakes) at its Portuguese Stone Oven, located in the pasture below the Society’s main office in Kealakekua. The next Special Bakes will be held on August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6 and December 20. These Special Bakes will feature the popular cinnamon bread and another surprise bread (Cheese & Jalapeno? Pineapple & Macnut? Garlic & Olive? Call to find out). A total of approximately 100 loaves will be made at each Special Bake. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to watch the baking process at the outdoor stone oven, a reproduction of the “forno,” the oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. The loaves are sold for $8 each on a first-come, first-serve basis until sold out. Sales start down at the oven at about 12:30 p.m. and tend to sell out quickly so get there early. These Special Bakes are part of the Society’s Portuguese Bread Baking Program, which celebrates Portuguese contributions to Kona’s ranching heritage and perpetuates the art of baking Portuguese bread in the traditional way. Portuguese families typically shared their ovens communally and worked together to produce the weekly bread for everyone. If you’d like to participate and help in the baking process don’t miss the Oven’s regular Thursdays’ bakes, also starting at 10a.m. For more information, call KHS at 808-323-3222.

Hands On History

Every Wednesday & Friday at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, 11a.m.


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will be having “Hands On History” activities every Wednesday & Friday at 11 a.m. that help visitors explore Kona’s history in a deeper and more sensory way. Participation is free with the purchase of admission to the farm. The schedule for upcoming activities is as follows:

    10/1 - Free Open House Celebration! All “Hands on History” activities 10am-2pm!
    10/5 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    10/7 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    10/12 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    10/14- Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    10/19 - A Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    10/21 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    10/26 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    10/28 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Come and experience Kona’s Stories!

Yoga On The Farm

Every Friday, 8:00am-9:30am, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook


Every Friday, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be offering “drop in” yoga classes for beginners and advanced alike. The instructor, Liz Aschenbrenner, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In her previous life, she worked in International Finance with companies like 20th Century Fox, MGM and NBC/Universal, and her desire to travel was fulfilled as her work took her to more than 30 countries around the world. Since moving to Hawaii from California with her husband and cat, she has become a yoga teacher. Classes will be held during the peaceful mornings, from 8:00am-9:30am, at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm located near mile-marker 110 in Captain Cook and include a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Bring your own mat and water. The class is $10 or free to Kona Historical Society members. To become a KHS member visit our online store: (membership starts at $35!). If you’ve always wanted to start yoga but kept putting it off, now is your opportunity! For more information, call us at 808-323-3222.

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Every Thursday between 10:00AM-12:30PM


The Kona Historical Society’s Portuguese Stone Oven is a reproduction of a typical oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880’s.  Join the process of panning the dough and baking 96 loaves of the traditional Sweet, White and Whole Wheat every Thursday between 10:00am-12:30pm. The program is FREE and the bread is $8 per loaf (sorry, we cannot reserve loaves of bread; first come, first served).  Bread sales begin around 1:00pm until we sell out.  Bring your lunch and make a day of it with an oven-side picnic in the pasture!  We hope to see you at the Portuguese Stone Oven in the pasture below KHS headquarters in Kealakekua.

Historical Sunset Cruise Aboard the Body Glove

There's an Historical Cruise available every day!


Step aboard and journey back in time cruising to Kealakekua Bay on Body Glove’s luxurious, three hour guided historical dinner or lunch cruise. Let the location awe and inspire you while the historian shares some of the most fascinating stories of the Big Island.
Unwind along the way with a complimentary cocktail from the fully stocked, premium bar as your tour guide shares Hawaiian history, stories and legends relating to numerous landmarks along 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. You’ll float by famous points of interest including the Ahu’ena Heiau, the Holua Slide and the famous Kuamo’o Battlefield. Once you arrive at the bay, a full course Hawaiian style dinner buffet will be ready for you. Your in-house and chef made meal is followed by Kona coffee, assorted teas and dessert. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and live Hawaiian entertainment as you head back to Kailua. There’s an excellent chance you’ll see spinner dolphins during your cruise, and even humpback whales if you go during the winter.
The Historical Sunset Dinner Cruises are on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4p.m. to 7p.m.
Body Glove’s lunch cruise follows the same itinerary and takes place on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.
To make a reservation visit or call 1-800-551-8911.
A portion of all proceeds from the Historical Cruise are donated to the Kona Historical Society for the preservation, restoration and education of the culture and history of the Kona Coast. Mahalo Body Glove!