In the Footsteps of Kamehameha: Jeep Trip to Historical Sites in Kohala
**This trip has been rescheduled (due to hurricanes) to Saturday, September 6, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM**
Another exciting KHS Jeep Trip! This one will be starting at Pu`ukohola National Historical Park Visitors Center for an introduction to the Kohala area. From there, we will be visiting historical sites in Kohala that are closely related to King Kamehameha I, starting with his birthplace and continuing on to Mo`okini Heiau; Kapanai`a - his favorite rest and recreation area; and other historic places that commemorate events occurring during Chief Naeo`le’s flight to Awine with the infant Kamehameha. Fred Cachola, born and raised in Kohala, will be our historian for this trip. He has worked extensively with several National Historical Parks in Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools and has spent many years studying King Kamehameha I. This trip promises to be a fascinating history of the man, warrior and statesman who united the Hawaiian Islands to form the Kingdom of Hawai`i.
Click here or call KHS at 808-323-3222 to reserve a spot. This trip is limited so sign up today!
2014 Hanohano O` Kona Free Lecture Series
5:30PM-7:00PM, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
Hanohano ‘o Kona - Honoring Kona, a free community lecture series, will spotlight 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. The talks will be held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center on Kealakehe Parkway (going up to Kealakehe High School) from 5:30-7:00pm. The schedule is as follows:
February 26 - Caring for Your Family Treasures in Hawai`i: How to Store and Care for Family Photos, Documents and Objects like an Archivist
Joy Holland Cesca, Executive Director of the Kona Historical Society
April 30 - Conservation and Changing Climate in Kona: Incorporating Indigenous Ways and Modern Approaches for Resource Conservation
Hannah Springer, Hawai`i’s Conservation Council President
May 28 - Lydia K. Aholo-Her Story: Recovering the Lost Voice
Dr. Sandra Bonura, Professor, Researcher/Historian and Author
June 25 - The History and Biology of Humpback Whales in Kona
Susan Rickards, Founder & Researcher at the Hawai`i Marine Mammal Consortium
August 27 - Hawaii Scenic Byways: Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor & Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast
Tomoe Nimori, Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Preservation Council Vice President and
Debbie Baker, Kailua Village Business Improvement District Executive Director
October 29 - Amy Greenwell and Her Garden: Native Hawaiian Plants and Their Preservation
Peter Van Dyke, Executive Director of the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
August’s Hanohano`O Kona Lecture
Wednesday, August 27, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
Hawaii Scenic Byways: Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor and Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast
Tomoe Nimori and Debbie Baker will be exploring Kona along Alii Drive and the Mamalahoa Highway, now both designated as Scenic Byways. To the unsuspecting motorist, travel along these routes is a very pleasant drive filled with scenic vistas, natural features and cultural and recreational opportunities. But look a little closer and discover that these several miles of roadway hold centuries of Hawaiian history and culture revealed in the archaeological sites that have survived over hundreds of years. Tomoe Nimori is vice president of Pulama IA Kona Heritage Preservation Council and a board member of the Kona Historical Society. She is involved in many other community organizations which include Holualoa Foundation For Arts and Culture, Central Kona Union Church and the Water and Soil Conservation District. Debbie Baker is the executive director of the Kailua Village Business Improvement District and on the board of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
This is the August portion of a community lecture series for 2014 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.
Christ Church Graveyard Tour
Fridays, October 23, 30 6:00PM
Return to the 19th century on a lantern-lit tour to visit several historical graves and hear their owners’ stories at the Christ Church Cemetery, the oldest Anglican church in the state of Hawai`i. Reservations are required. This tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations must be made early either online or by calling the KHS office at 808-323-3222.
October’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
Amy Greenwell and Her Garden: Native Hawaiian Plants and Their Preservation
Amy Greenwell was a remarkable member of a well-known Kona family and her legacy to the community is a significant garden that preserves the plants of Old Kona. This presentation tells her story and the story of the native plants and archaeology she was so dedicated to. Presenting her story is Peter Van Dyke who came to the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden as the propagator in the native plant nursery. He has been garden manager since 1993 and has degrees in Anthropology and Education.
This is the October portion of a community lecture series for 2014 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.
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm Founders’ Day Celebration
Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE
Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be opening up the farm for a celebration honoring Kona’s coffee heritage. This free event promises to be a fun day with many coffee farm-related activities including a traditional food, coffee tastings, a farm-fresh fruit & vegetable stand, historic Kona “coffeeland” photo exhibits and tours of the Farm. Throughout the day there will be a variety of talk story. Make your plans to attend the KCLHFarm Celebration and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 15 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more info call us at 808-323-3222.
Holiday Wreath Making Jeep Trip
Saturday, November 22, 8AM - 3PM, "Up Mauka"
‘Tis the season to make a beautiful, natural foliage wreath! These wreaths are easy to do and will remain beautiful for many months. The Kona Historical Society will meet at the Kealakekua Ranch Center and travel up mauka, picking fresh ohia and other natural materials along the way. All wreath making materials (besides the ones you pick along the way!) will be provided along with a stew lunch and hot drinks. This trip is the perfect way to “capture the Holiday Spirit”!
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 $95 no later than Monday, November 17th. After this date the cost will be $105. 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!
Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven
Every Thursday between 10:00AM-1:00PM
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-1:00pm. The program is FREE and the bread is $7 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 Dinner Cruise Aboard the Body Glove
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4:00-7:00PM
Step aboard and journey back in time, when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged and fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands. The Body Glove’s luxurious, three hour guided historical dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook’s monument will capture your imagination and reveal many secrets 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 visit 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 will be served, 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To make a reservation visit the Body Glove Hawaii website 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!