Events Calendar

Cinnamon Bread at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Wednesday, November 21, 10am - 2:00pm, Portuguese Stone Oven

Kona Historical Society will make its famous Portuguese cinnamon bread at Kona Historical Society’s stone oven, or forno, located in the pasture below its main office and its historic general store museum in Kealakekua on Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving. Kona Historical Society will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in recognition of the holiday.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the public is able to watch Kona Historical Society staff and volunteers create these sticky, sweet loaves of cinnamon bread at the outdoor stone oven, a reproduction of the “forno,” the oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. Attendees will also learn about the traditional art of Portuguese bread making and the contributions of the Portuguese.

The loaves are sold for $8 each on a first-come, first-serve basis from 12:45 p.m. until sold out.  Proceeds benefit the Kona Historical Society, a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona Districts and their larger context in the history of Hawaii. These Special Bakes are part of the Society’s free Portuguese Bread Baking Program, which celebrates Portuguese contributions to Kona’s ranching heritage and perpetuates the art of baking of Portuguese bread in the traditional way. Portuguese families typically shared their ovens communally and worked together to produce the weekly bread for everyone.

Yoga at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday mornings, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook

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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 http://www.konahistorical.org/index.php/khs/membership/ or call (808)323-3222.

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:

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

Monday, November 5             Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, November 7         Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, November 9                 Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Sunday, November 11             Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s 2018 Farm Fest—Several of our Hands-on-History activities will be featured!

Monday, November 12             Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden with West Hawai’i Master Gardeners

Tuesday, November 13             Cherry Picking: Harvesting the Crop

Wednesday, November 14       Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Thursday, November 15           Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, November 16               Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy

Monday, November 19             Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, November 21       Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, November 23               Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, November 26             Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen

Wednesday, November 28       Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Friday, November 30               Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden with West Hawai’i Master Gardeners

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.