Events Calendar

Farm Fest 2018

Sunday, November 11, 10am to 3pm, Kona Coffee Living History Farm


Kona Historical Society’s annual free-to-the-community event, their Farm Fest at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, will take place during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival on Sunday, November 11 from 10am to 3pm. The theme this year, “Tales of Kona,” showcases Kona’s rich farming history through food, music, family activities and storytelling. Shuttles, generously sponsored by Hawaii Forest and Trail and Roberts Hawaii, will be running between the parking area of Kealakekua Ranch Center and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm from 9:30a.m. to 3p.m. Parking will not be available at the Farm, and vehicle access will be restricted to vendor, staff and volunteer drop-offs only.

As a must-see event of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Kona Historical Society’s Farm Fest highlights the heritage of the Kona community. Kona’s residents and visitors are invited to enjoy unique Kona stories and experience diverse forms of storytelling in Hawaii. The event will feature local music and entertainment, including cooking demonstrations with celebrity chef Sam Choy, live music from the Sons of Keawe featuring Bulla Ka`iliwai, kupuna talk story, specialty food vendors, community artists and cultural practitioners, hands-on family activities, pop-up exhibit, historic farmhouse and coffee mill interpretive programs, and Sandy’s Drive In will be returning to the farm to cook up a traditional plantation era dish: Chicken Hekka.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm, homesteaded by Japanese immigrants, reveals the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers in the 1925-1945 era. The coffee mill and farmhouse will be open to tours where guests can experience the domestic life of Kona’s coffee farmers. Visitors enter the kitchen where rice simmers on a traditional open-hearth stove before they remove their shoes to walk on tatami mats throughout the house. Outside, they learn to pick coffee and see how it was processed in the kuriba (mill) and dried on the hoshidana (drying platform), and explore the gardens where traditional vegetables are grown, or visit with the chickens, or Kona Nightingale Donkeys, who were an important part of the economy of Kona coffee farms. Throughout the grounds of the Farm, historical interpreters, cultural practitioners and volunteers will be hosting “Hands on History” activities where guests can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, medicinal gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others.

Kona Historical Society would like to thank the sponsors of this event:

The “Hands on History” program is generously supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is Title Sponsor of the event.

Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, Candy Sargent, and Farm & Garden are Platinum Sponsors.

Pancake Digital Solutions, Onouli Farms, Kona Irrigation Supply, Kimberly Kobayashi and West Hawaii Today are Gold Sponsors of Farm Fest.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii. The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is the only living history coffee farm in the nation. This award-winning, historic farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century.

Makahiki Jeep Trip to Papaloa

Saturday, November 3, 9am to 3pm, Papaloa

This Event Will Guide Kona Historical Society Members to Papaloa on Saturday, November 3

Kona Historical Society returns to the mauka ranch family home of the Sherwood Greenwell family, Papaloa on Saturday, November 3 with a special Jeep Trip that will share some traditions of the Makahiki season. The Jeep Trip features a special presentation from Hannah Kihalani Springer discussing the practice of Nānā ‘Āina, to observe the land. Floral Designer Scott Seymour will demonstrate the use of plants from Kona’s mountainside in holiday arrangements such as centerpieces and wreaths. This event will include lunch and time to walk through the gorgeous landscape to gather unique plant materials to take home and create beautiful designs for your makahiki and holiday celebrations.  The cost of this excursion is $100, and includes a no-host bar and lunch served at a ranch family home.

Beginning in late October or early November when the Pleiades constellation was first observed rising above the horizon at sunset, the Makahiki period continued for four months. This season was a time to gather and pay tithes to chiefs who redistributed the gifts of the land.

As with all of our Historical Jeep Trips, guest must be current members to participate, and anyone can become a member of Kona Historical Society. To become a member or to renew a membership, please call the Kona Historical Society office at (808)323-3222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reservations can be made by calling the Kona Historical Society office up until October 23. Refunds will not be given if a cancellation is made less than 72 hours prior to the day of the event.

A 4WD vehicle is required but for members wishing to go that don’t have 4WD, arrangements can be coordinated if there is room in other members’ vehicles. This popular trip to Papaloa fills up quickly, so interested guests are encouraged to purchase or renew memberships and sign up as soon as possible. If there isn’t extra room in another vehicle, interested patrons will be added to a waiting list in the event additional seats are made available. Guests should bring a jacket, appropriate walking shoes, and sunscreen.

Community Access & Archives Presentation and Exhibit Tour

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10am to 2pm, North Hawaii Education and Research Center


Learn strategies to maximize community access to collections from Heritage Center Coordinator, Dr. Momi Naughton, who will share valuable ideas to increase collaboration with the community in order to create engaging and relevant exhibits.

Coffee and breakfast provided prior to presentation and discussion continues at no-host lunch at Tex’s Drive In following the event.

Yoga at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday mornings, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook


Every Friday, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers “drop in” yoga classes for beginners and advanced alike. Enjoy the farm’s tranquil setting as you develop your physical, mental and spiritual practices. After class, attendees are welcome to talk story while enjoying a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Each class is $10 or free for Kona Historical Society members. Annual membership begins at $35. To become a member, visit or call (808)323-3222.

Hands On History

Every Monday, 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 Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11a.m. - 1p.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 Society hopes this program will help perpetuate these cultural traditions and further preserve the history behind Kona’s coffee industry and its pioneers. This unique program is supported through a grant from Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Come and experience Kona’s Stories!
The schedule for upcoming activities is as follows:

Monday, October 1                 Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, October 3             Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, October 5                     Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Monday, October 8                 Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Wednesday, October 10           Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, October 12                   Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, October 15               Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy                

Wednesday, October 17           Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Friday, October 19                   Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, October 22               Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen

Wednesday, October 24           Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, October 26                   Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, October 29               Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, October 31           Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Friday, November 2                 Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Every Thursday between 10a.m.-12:30p.m.


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 10:00a.m.-12:30p.m. 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 1:00p.m. 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.