Events Calendar

Founders’ Day ~ Celebrating Sustainability ~ at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Saturday, October 24, 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 Founders’ Day on October 24, sponsored by the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union. This year the farm is celebrating “Sustainability” and is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., promising a day filled with family-fun activities that revolve around sustainability and the Kona coffee pioneers that practiced them. Some of the highlights will be lunch prepared by celebrity chef Sam Choy, traditional food, Kona coffee tastings, music, local produce, artisan demonstrations and tours of the historic 1920’s farm and farmhouse. Make your plans to attend this free event at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 16 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities please call us at 808-323-3222.

October’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona


Hawai`i Marine Corps History:  Hawai’i Island During World War II

Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series welcomes Kathy Painton and Bob Strickland who will describe the importance of Camp Tarawa, established on the Big Island in December 1943. The main camp was located in Waimea and 50,000 Marines trained there, preparing for victories in Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and Iwo Jima during WWII. The presentation will include photographs and artifacts from that period. Memories of the men who trained at Camp Tarawa, and those of the local population who welcomed them into the community, will be shared with the audience.
Bob Strickland, President of the West Hawaii Veterans Council and Kathy Painton will be the presenters. Kathy’s father was one of the men who trained at Camp Tarawa with the 5th Marine Division. He was killed during the landing on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. Kathy learned about Camp Tarawa after retiring to Hawai’i Island in 2003 and has been an Associate Member of the Camp Tarawa Detachment MCL #1255 since it was organized in October 2006. She serves as Secretary of the Camp Tarawa Foundation which was established to facilitate the construction of the Camp Tarawa Museum and Educational Center. She is also Vice President of the 5th Marine Division Association, comprised of survivors, descendants and other individuals interested in perpetuating the memory of the men who served in that Division. Kathy has traveled to Iwo Jima several times and has interviewed numerous survivors of that horrific battle.
This is the October 28th portion of a free community lecture series for 2015 at the West Hawaii Civic Center, 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 info call 808-323-3222.

Holiday Wreath Making Jeep Trip

Saturday, November 14, 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 $110 no later than Monday, November 9.  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!

Yoga On The Farm

Every Friday, Starting October 2, 8:00am-9:30am, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook


Starting October 2, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be offering yoga classes every Friday. 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 their website: (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 Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222.

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 $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 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!