Events Calendar

2016 Online Auction Fundraiser

Bidding starts July 10 at 9a.m.(HST) and ends July 24 at 7p.m.(HST)

Bid now on all the great items that are up for bid: www.biddingforgood.com/konahistorical

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Thank you to our Online Auction sponsors:
Platinum Level: Tinguely Development, In Memory of Pilipo Springer, In Memory of Kanesaburo & Matsu Oshima
Gold Level: Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, Margie Atherton Newell, Holualoa Inn, Kona Transportation, In Memory of Nancy Piianaia, West Hawaii Today, Onouli Estate Coffee

“Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys: Our Way of Life” Exhibit

July 12-August 13 (extended!), Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10a.m.-4p.m., H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Kealakekua

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“Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys: Our Way of Life” will open to the public July 12 and run through August 13 (extended due to popular demand), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. This Kona Historical Society exhibit is part two of a culmination project that shares Kona’s fascinating, largely hidden history of cowboys and ranching. The exhibit will feature homestead life, families and tools, giving an intimate look into the people, traditions and ties that remain vital and strong in Kona, now more than two centuries after cattle and horses first landed here. Admission to this three-week-long ranching exhibit is by donation. The Kona Historical Society is grateful for the generous Grant-in-Aid funding from the State of Hawaii for this project and for the support from this exhibit’s sponsors ChoiceMART, Palani Ranch, as well as Robby Hind, Jimmy Greenwell, McCandless Ranch and West Hawaii Today.
While “Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys: Our Way of Life” is being prepped and offered, the regular exhibit, offered Mondays and Tuesdays, and the living history program on Thursdays in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are temporarily discontinued. The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum will be closed August 15-21 and will reopen with its regular programming on August 22. For more information about this upcoming exhibit or closure, call us at 808-323-3222

July’s Hanohano O Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series Sponsored by Anonymous Friends of KHS

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

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Travel back in time to 1916 with park archeologist Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura as she shares the story of the development of Hawaii National Park through the presentation, “After Dark Out of the Park: The Establishment of Hawai’i National Park Historical Slideshow” on Wednesday, July 27. The push for a park was started by ordinary citizens who were fascinated by this place and recognized the need for preservation so that future generations could enjoy the fantastic eruptions, magnificent landscapes as well as the benefits of Volcano House.
Dr. Jadelyn Moniz Nakamura is the Integrated Resources Manager/Archeologist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Born and raised in Hilo, Jade has worked at the park for the past 16 years. She holds a B.A. in in History and Anthropology (double major), an M.A. in Anthropology (with an emphasis in archaeology), and a PhD. in Archaeology, all from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests and specialties are pre-contact Hawaiian archeology, specializing in faunal and paleoenvironmental analysis. She also has done several historical research projects on early Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park development and the impact of the military and participation of park staff during World War II.
This is the July portion of a community lecture series for 2016 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. This lecture is generously sponsored by Anonymous Friends of KHS and supported by West Hawaii Today.

Obon at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

August 15 & 16, 10a.m.-2p.m., Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Obon or the Festival of Souls is a Japanese Buddhist tradition honoring one’s ancestors. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, KHS’ outdoor museum in Captain Cook, and learn about this tradition and the Japanese coffee pioneer’s story during the 1920s to 1940s in Hawaii. On August 15 & 16, the farm will hang paper lanterns to welcome home the spirits of deceased ancestors. Special food offerings will be made at the butsudan and interpreters will discuss the customs associated with Obon. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own floating lantern. Additionally, you may walk through the farm learning the methods used for farming back then, crack fresh macadamia nuts to sample and tour the historic farmhouse. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.  Admission is free for KHS members. Call us at 808-323-3222 for more information.

August’s Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series Sponsored by Kona Frame Shop

Wednesday, August 31, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center

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How do you handle, clean and store your most precious family photos, documents and heirlooms? Bring your questions to “Care of Family Treasures” on Wednesday, August 31 when Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona lecture series Malia Van Heukelem. Malia has worked with art and artifacts of all shapes and sizes over a career that has spanned work as collections manager for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places Program and ‘Iolani Palace, to her current duties as preservation management specialist with the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library.
This is the August portion of a community lecture series for 2016 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. This lecture is generously sponsored by Kona Frame Shop and supported by West Hawaii Today.

Celebrate Big Island Museums Month With Us!

September 1-30 at all participating museums on Hawaii Island

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The Kona Historical Society is celebrating Big Island Museums Month with free admission to all programs with a membership card from any of these participating museums:
Kona Historical Society’s H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
East Hawai`i Cultural Center
`Imiloa Astronomy
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lyman Museum
Pacific Tsunami Museum
The Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Volcano Art Center
Let’s Celebrate!

Free Admission to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day

Monday, September 19, 10a.m.-2p.m., Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Are you looking for a place to connect with your grandchild where one of the newest pieces of technology used is a wheelbarrow? The Kona Coffee Living History Farm would like to help by allowing all children under 17 in for free on Monday, September 19 for Keirō no Hi or Grandparent’s Day. Walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards with your grandchild, learn the methods used for farming “back when life was simpler”, tour the historic 1920’s farmhouse (you may catch them making musubi in the kitchen), and visit with the donkey and chickens. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm.  Call us at 808-323-3222 for more information and directions.

Ohigan at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

September 22, 10a.m.-2p.m., Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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On September 22, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm will commemorate the week of Ohigan by celebrating Shunbun no Hi (Autumnal Equinox). Interpreters will share stories associated with the holiday and visitors will be able to create their own autumn related crafts. Additionally, you may learn about life in Hawai`i during the 1920s-1940s, experience how farming and sustainability were a way of life back then, tour the historic farmhouse (you may catch them preparing lunch for the farmers), and visit with the farm animals. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.  Admission is free to KHS members. Call 808-323-3222 for more information and directions.

September’s Hanohano O Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series Sponsored by Balbi Brooks

Wednesday, September 28, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center

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On Wednesday, September 28,  Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series welcomes Pualani Lincoln Maielua who will be presenting on “Ali`i Wahine: Female Leadership and Sacred Places of Ancient Kona”. This is a look into the dynamic Hawaiian chiefesses of Kona, whose lineages hailed from the gods, and the sacred places which ground them. Maielua is an ʻaukai (long distance voyager) aboard the voyaging canoe Makaliʻi, and an instructor at UHCWH in the Hawaiʻi Lifestyles program.
This is the September portion of a community lecture series for 2016 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 . This lecture is generously sponsored by Balbi Brooks and supported by West Hawaii Today.

Special Bread Bake Days At the Portuguese Stone Oven

First Tuesday of Every Month, 10a.m.-12:30p.m., KHS' Pasture in Kealakekua

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, but don’t like to bake, Kona Historical Society can satisfy your appetite. KHS is holding Special Bakes on the first Tuesday of every month (in addition to its regular Thursday bakes) at its Portuguese Stone Oven, located in the pasture below the Society’s main office in Kealakekua. The next Special Bakes will be held on August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6 and December 20. These Special Bakes will feature the popular cinnamon bread and another surprise bread (Cheese & Jalapeno? Pineapple & Macnut? Garlic & Olive? Call to find out). A total of approximately 100 loaves will be made at each Special Bake. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to watch the baking process at the outdoor stone oven, a reproduction of the “forno,” the oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. The loaves are sold for $8 each on a first-come, first-serve basis until sold out. Sales start down at the oven at about 12:30 p.m. and tend to sell out quickly so get there early. These Special Bakes are part of the Society’s Portuguese Bread Baking Program, which celebrates Portuguese contributions to Kona’s ranching heritage and perpetuates the art of baking Portuguese bread in the traditional way. Portuguese families typically shared their ovens communally and worked together to produce the weekly bread for everyone. If you’d like to participate and help in the baking process don’t miss the Oven’s regular Thursdays’ bakes, also starting at 10a.m. For more information, call KHS at 808-323-3222.

Hands On History

Every 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 Wednesday & Friday at 11 a.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 schedule for upcoming activities is as follows:

    6/29 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    7/1 – Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    7/6 – Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    7/8 – Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    7/13 – A Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    7/15 – Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    7/20 – Backyard Groceries: Susutainability in the Kitchen Garden
    7/22 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    7/27 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    7/29 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Come and experience Kona’s Stories!

Yoga On The Farm

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

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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, 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. 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: store.konahistorical.org (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.

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Every Thursday between 10:00AM-12:30PM

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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 10:00am-12:30pm. 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 Cruise Aboard the Body Glove

There's an Historical Cruise available every day!

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Step aboard and journey back in time cruising to Kealakekua Bay on Body Glove’s luxurious, three hour guided historical dinner or lunch cruise. Let the location awe and inspire you while the historian shares some of the most fascinating stories 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 float by 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 buffet will be ready for you. Your in-house and chef made meal is 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 Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4p.m. to 7p.m.
Body Glove’s lunch cruise follows the same itinerary and takes place on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.
To make a reservation visit www.bodyglovehawaii.com 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!