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Kona Historical Society Presents a New Exhibit, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring”

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Thursday, June 27, 2019, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm at Kona Historical Society

Kona Historical Society Presents a New Exhibit Highlighting Kona’s Cultural Diversity
“Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” Will Be Open to the Public Monday, December 10

Kona Historical Society announced today that they will present a new exhibit highlighting cultural contributions from Kona’s many ethnic groups. Supported by the State of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid program “Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring,” will be open to the public starting Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua, and will be on display until June 27, 2019.

Through historical photographs and artifacts showcased alongside contemporary artworks from three Kona artists, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” will illustrate a deeply significant Hawaiian concept, also shared by many cultures, of the importance of taking a gift when one travels, and being prepared to express one’s respect and appreciation in the form of a pūʿolo, a small package or bundle. Artwork, oral histories, photos and artifacts reflecting Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, and English heritage appear alongside each other to illustrate a tapestry of cultures that create Kona’s unique sense of place.

In addition to photographs and artifacts from Kona Historical Society’s rich archive and collections that will be on display, this exhibit will showcase artwork from three artists deeply rooted in Kona’s districts. From Holualoa, Artists Hiroki Morinoue and his daughter Miho Morinoue will contribute a mixed media piece reflecting their Japanese heritage. Captain Cook Artist Gerald Lucena will present a fiber piece, made with locally sourced materials, gathered from the Kona districts. Artist and Cultural Practitioner Conall Kahaka‘io Ravenscraft from South Kona will be contributing a sculpture carved from native wood that expresses the personal relationship he has with his home. 

“Presenting tangible cultural objects alongside the intangible experiences and mana’o of community members, we can see how the contents of our pūʿolo tell our story,” said Kona Historical Society Curator Mina Elison. “The contents of our pūʿolo also affect our perspective. Through this exhibit, it is my hope that we spark discussion about our values as individuals and as a community and how we choose to share and express our pūʿolo with the world.  Through this lens, we can become more aware of how our actions affect others, our community locally and globally,” Elison said.

A special opening reception for Kona Historical Society members and invited guests only will be held at Kona Historical Society on Wednesday, December 12. To become a member, click here and RSVP at (808)323-3222.  This exhibit is sponsored by Hawaii State Grant in Aid, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Hawaii Nonprofit Grant in Aid, Kona Transportation, Hannah Kihalani Springer, and The Aoki Family in Honor of Natsuko and Yasuto Aoki. 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.

Yoga at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday mornings, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook

Hands On History

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

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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:
               

Wednesday, December 26       Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, December 28               Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, December 31             A Japanese New Year Tradition: Mochi Making!

Wednesday, January 2             A Japanese New Year Tradition: Mochi Making!

Friday, January 4                     Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Monday, January 7                 Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, January 9             Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, January 11                 Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, January 14               Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, January 16           Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Friday, January 18                 Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, January 21               Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy

Wednesday January 23           Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, January 25                   Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Monday, January 28               A Japanese Tradition: Mochi Making!

Wednesday, January 30           Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Friday, February 1                 Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

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

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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.