Events Calendar

Cross These Exotic Destinations Off Your Bucket List and Benefit KHS!

Reservations Close: September 22, 2017, Trip Itinerary is September 7-20, 2018


“Splendors of China, Tibet & the Yangtze River”

A Captivating 14-Day Odyssey Through the Mystical Middle Kingdom

For benefit of a number of Hawaii’s nonprofit organizations, former Kona resident and master travel planner, Irene Croft, Jr., has orchestrated more than 70 exquisite journeys around the planet - from Ephesus to Machu Picchu and from the Serengeti to Antarctica. We are honored to present her latest journey for benefit of Kona Historical Society, “Splendors of China, Tibet & the Yangtze River.”
Check off exotic sites on your bucket list - like The Great Wall of China, Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors, Tibet’s Potala Palace and the Yangtze’s Three Gorges- while traveling at a luxury level you will love, a signature element of Irene’s journeys. Her goal is to offer intelligent, compelling itineraries with deluxe creature comforts to uncommon destinations for absolutely unbeatable value for your travel dollar. This is an irresistible win-win opportunity for the globetrotters among us: experience an unforgettable adventure to the mystical, mythic Middle Kingdom and benefit Kona Historical Society at the same time with a generous tax-deductible donation included in your trip fare -at no additional cost to you. 
Click here to download “Splendors of China, Tibet & the Yangtze River” flyer with more information.

This benefit journey is expected to close out early, as do all Irene’s programs, so phone Irene right away at 404-826-9906 (Eastern Standard Time) to book this journey of a lifetime.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s Farm Fest Open House: “From Farm to Table”

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be hosting their annual Farm Fest Open House again on their site in Captain Cook. At this year’s celebration, honoring Kona’s heritage, the theme is “From Farm to Table” and promises a day filled with family-fun activities that revolve around all the amazing sustainable foods that are made here in Kona, whether it’s baked items, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chef Sam Choy or a traditional Chicken Hekka plate lunch. There will also be local music; “Hands on History” activities where you can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others; Kona coffee tastings; an historical photo exhibit and tours of the historic 1920’s coffee mill and farmhouse.  To make parking easier, catch the shuttle (9:30a.m.-3p.m) from Kealakekua Ranch Center that day. Come join the fun and don’t miss out on the cultural celebration that surrounds 18 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation!

Our generous Title Sponsor for this event is:

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Our Platinum Sponsors:

Farm & Garden
Candy Sargent
“In Memory of Camille & Anela” by Edwin & Barbara Nobriga

Our Gold Sponsors:

Darl C. Gleed & Associates
Onouli Farms
“In Memory of Alfreida” by the Craven Family

Our In Kind Sponsors:

West Hawaii Today
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Roberts Hawaii
ATV Outfitters Hawaii
Kona Brewing Co.
Mamalahoa Hot Tubs
Aloha Performing Arts Co.
Tea and Cake

With Special Support from:

Hawaii Tourism Authority

September’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Sponsored by Henry E.P. Kekahuna Ohana

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center


On September 28,  Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series welcomes MaryAnne Maigret, Archaeologist at the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park. She will be presenting on the “Preservation and Stabilization of Hawaiian Stone Architecture and Landscape”. MaryAnne has a MA in Geography and a strong interest in historic preservation with all the mapping, data collection and preservation compliance that comes with that.
This is the September portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., 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 . Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

McCandless Ranch Jeep Trip

Saturday, October 21, 8am-4pm, McCandless Ranch, South Kona


artwork by marian berger

Kona Historical Society is pleased to announce that reservations are now being taken for a tour through privately owned McCandless Land and Cattle Company, on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Saturday, October 21, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, the next experience in the award-winning Jeep Trip Program.

This historic tour begins at Ranch headquarters in south Kona and meanders by van, courtesy of Hawaii Forest and Trail, through Kona’s most pristine and intact native forest, rich with endemic flora and fauna. The drive through what was once home to the `alalā, or Hawaiian crow, proceeds to the 4500‘ elevation to the aviary where these native birds were studied extensively. The tour will give guests insight into the research about the `alalā, as they enjoy a historical talk and a deli lunch with refreshments, generously provided by Hawaii Forest and Trail, at the family cabin located at the 5800’ level.

McCandless Ranch is located in the South Kona Forest Legacy Area, between 4,000 and 7,000 feet elevation, on the southwest slope of Mauna Loa. The property is dominated by a mixed canopy of large native `ōhi`a, koa, and sandalwood. Recent bird surveys show that it is home to five endangered birds including the `alalā, which is found nowhere else in the world. Recent plant surveys identified 17 rare endemic plant species.

Reservations are $170 and must be made before Monday, October 16.  Any interested party can enjoy this excursion by becoming a member of Kona Historical Society. Membership with KHS is unrestricted. Joining is easy! Just visit to become a member and reserve your spot. Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to sign up by phone: 808-323-3222.  A deli lunch and refreshments will be provided but be sure to bring extra water, walking shoes and sun protection.

This trip is limited and tends to fill up so click here to sign up today!

October’s Hanohano O’ Kona Lecture Sponsored by Allen & Patty Wall & an Anonymous Friend of KHS

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, West Hawaii Civic Center


Keola Beamer and Dr. Richard Stevens will be talking about “Malama Koaloha/Keep Your Love: The Battle of Kuamoo and the End of the Kapu System” for this month’s Hanohano O Kona lecture. Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian slack-key guitar player, best known as the composer of “Honolulu City Lights” and an innovative musician who fused Hawaiian roots and contemporary music. Dr. Richard Stevens, Ph.D, is a humanities instructor at the University of Hawaii Center-Palamanui. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and has worked as a “trail hunter” for the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the UH Research Corporation. He’s an author as well, having written books about Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail and articles about Hawaiian trails for Honolulu Magazine.
This is the October portion of a community lecture series 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. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

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, 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 and the County of Hawaii’s Research and Development Department. 
Come and experience Kona’s Stories!
The schedule for upcoming activities is as follows:

    8/30 & 9/1 - FARM CLOSED for preservation projects
    9/6 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    9/8 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    9/13 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    9/15 - Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana
    9/20 - Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

    9/22 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    9/27 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    9/29 - FARM CLOSED to prepare for Farm Fest Open House on Saturday
    9/30 - Many “Hands on History” activities available as part of the Farm’s annual “Farm Fest Open House”

Our Latest Exhibit: “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road”

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 1st Saturday of each Month, 10a.m.-2p.m.


Sharing the rich history of coffee in Kona through the eyes of families and farmers who built the lucrative industry, Kona Historical Society presents the award-winning exhibit, “The Kona Coffee Story:  Along the Hawaii Belt Road.” The exhibit runs March through November in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee. A product of extensive community collaboration led by the Kona Japanese Civic Association and the Japanese American National Museum, Kona Historical Society’s renewal of this world-traveled exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to be inspired by stories of Kona’s coffee pioneers and learn more about the deep roots of Kona’s coffee heritage and culture. This exhibit was generously funded by the State of Hawaii Grant in Aid and sponsored by Kona Trans.

Yoga On The Farm

Every Friday, 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, Liz Aschenbrenner, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In her previous life, she worked in International Finance with companies like 20th Century Fox, MGM and NBC/Universal, and her desire to travel was fulfilled as her work took her to more than 30 countries around the world. Since moving to Hawaii from California with her husband and cat, she has become a yoga teacher. Classes will be held during the peaceful mornings at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm located near mile-marker 110 in Captain Cook and include a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Bring your own mat and water. 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.

2017 Schedule
Aug. 4: 8:00—9:30
Aug. 11: NO CLASS
Aug. 18: 8:00—9:30
Aug. 25: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 1: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 8: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 15: 7:30—8:45
Sept. 22: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 29: 7:30—8:45
Oct. 6: 8:00—9:30

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.