Events Calendar

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Series Sponsored by Patty & Allen Wall

Wednesday, June 29, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center


On Wednesday, June 29 come listen to the beautiful songs and mo’olelo inspired by the historic ranches and places in Kona which have sparked the imagination of paniolo for generations. Songwriter, rancher, and KHS Board President, Allen Wall; musician, kahu, and cultural historian, Danny Akaka; Director of Ke Kula Mele Hawai’i ‘O Akaka, and steel guitarist, Alan Akaka; Aaron Mahi, musician and former Director of the Royal Hawaiian Band and former conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra; and Christy Lassiter, entertainer all perform together at Kona Historical Society’s next Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series: “Na Mele Paniolo ‘O Kona”. The lecture starts at 5:30p.m. with Hannah Springer, cultural historian and KHS Board Director introducing the background on the homesteads featured in the songs.This month is sponsored by Allen & Patty Wall and West Hawaii Today.
This is the June portion of a community lecture series for 2016 held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm, 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.

2016 Online Auction Fundraiser

Bidding starts July 10 at 9a.m.(HST) and ends July 24 at 7p.m.(HST)

Preview all the great items that will be up for bid:


Thank you to our Online Auction sponsors:
Platinum Level: Tinguely Development, In Memory of Pilipo Springer, In Memory of Kanesaburo & Matsu Oshima
Gold Level: Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, Margie Atherton Newell, Holualoa Inn, Kona Transportation, In Memory of Nancy Piianaia, West Hawaii Today, Onouli Estate Coffee

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 July 5, 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 in the baking process don’t miss the Oven’s 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:

    6/29 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    7/1 – Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    7/6 – Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    7/8 – Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    7/13 – A Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    7/15 – Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    7/20 – Backyard Groceries: Susutainability in the Kitchen Garden
    7/22 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    7/27 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    7/29 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

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, Ryan Nakade, attended the Ananda College of Living Wisdom in Oregon, graduated with a B.A. in Yoga Therapy and Eastern Healing Modalities and has been teaching yoga for 4 years. 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. 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!