Events Calendar

Christ Church Cemetery Tour

Thursdays, October 23, 30 6:00PM


Return to the 19th century on a lantern-lit tour to visit several historical graves and hear their owners’ stories at the Christ Church Cemetery, the oldest Anglican church in the state of Hawai`i.  Reservations are required.  This tour is limited to 25 people, so reservations must be made early either online or by calling the KHS office at 808-323-3222.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm Founders’ Day Celebration

Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be opening up the farm for a celebration honoring Kona’s coffee heritage. This free event promises to be a fun day with many coffee farm-related activities including traditional food, baked goodies & shave ice; Kona coffee tastings; farm-fresh fruits & vegetables to buy and taste; ojyame games for the keiki; visits with Charlie, the Farm’s Kona Nightengale; “talk story” with kupuna & an historic Kona “coffeeland” photo exhibit; kanikapila and tours of the 1920’s farm & farmhouse. Make your plans to attend the KCLHFarm on November 1st and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 15 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For parking, a special shuttle will be provided that day by the County of Hawaii’s Mass Transit Dept. from Kealakekua Ranch Center starting at 9:30am until 3:00pm. For more info call us at 808-323-3222. Mahalo to our generous sponsors: Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Ralph & Gladys Fukumitsu, Farm and Garden, Onouli Farms, Greenwell Farms, Young Brothers and West Hawaii Today. Special program support provided by the Hazen Family Foundation.

Holiday Wreath Making Jeep Trip

Saturday, November 22, 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 $95 no later than Monday, November 17th.  After this date the cost will be $105. 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!

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 $7 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!