Events Calendar

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day with Free Children’s Admission

September 8-11, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the 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 grandparents celebrate the special relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild by allowing all children under 17 in for free September 8-11, the week before Grandparent’s Day (September 13th). 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 Charlie, the donkey, the chickens and Coop, the kitten. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm, and closed major holidays.  Call 808-323-3222 for more info and directions.

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
Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center
East Hawai`i Cultural Center
`Imiloa Astronomy
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens
Lyman Museum
Pacific Tsunami Museum
The Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Volcano Art Center
Let’s Celebrate!

Founders’ Day ~ Celebrating Sustainability ~ at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE

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Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will be hosting Founders’ Day on October 24, sponsored by the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union. This year the farm is celebrating “Sustainability” and is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., promising a day filled with family-fun activities that revolve around sustainability and the Kona coffee pioneers that practiced them. Some of the highlights will be lunch prepared by celebrity chef Sam Choy, traditional food, Kona coffee tastings, music, local produce, artisan demonstrations and tours of the historic 1920’s farm and farmhouse. Make your plans to attend this free event at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 16 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities please call us at 808-323-3222.

Holiday Wreath Making Jeep Trip

Saturday, November 14, 8AM - 3PM, "Up Mauka"

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‘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 $110 no later than Monday, November 9.  After this date the cost will be $120. 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

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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-1:00pm. 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 Dinner Cruise Aboard the Body Glove

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4:00-7:00PM

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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!