Events Calendar

McCandless Ranch Jeep Trip

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

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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 store.konahistorical.org 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

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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. This is the last lecture for 2017. If you would like to be a sponsor for 2018 please call us.

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, 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:

    10/13 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    10/18 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    10/20 - Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana
    10/25 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    10/27 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    11/1 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

    Hands on History EVERY DAY during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival!
    11/3 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    11/4 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    11/5 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    11/6 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    11/7 - Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana
    11/8 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    11/9 - Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    11/10 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

    11/15 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    11/17 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    11/22 - Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    11/24 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    11/29 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
    12/1 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen

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

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

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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 January 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.

“Elevation: Arts from the Coffeeland” Exhibit

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 1st Saturday of each Month, 10a.m.-2p.m., Nov. 3-Jan. 18

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Exploring the fine artistry and aesthetic beauty which emerged from work in the coffeeland of Kona, this exhibit elevates the utilitarian through the presentation of original art and objects inspired by coffee culture and heritage. Objects typically prized for their function, many which were essential for coffee work and life, are celebrated here for their exquisite craftsmanship and design elements. This diverse arrangement of works includes lauhala, calligraphy, woodcut, sculpture, sashiko, photography, textiles and more.

An Opening Reception for this exhibit will be held on Monday, November 6 at 5pm at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua. Meanwhile, the exhibit will be on display alongside “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road” inside the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum from Friday, November 3 through Thursday, January 18. During the week of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival from November 3 to November 11, the exhibit will be on display every day from 10am to 2pm.

This event has been generously supported by the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts and a donation in remembrance of Saburo and Kikue Yamato. Additional support was provided by Kona Frame Shop.

Yoga On The Farm

Every Friday, 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 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.

2017 Schedule
October 20: NO CLASS
October 27: 8:00 to 9:30am
November 3: 7:30—8:45
November 10, 17, 24: 8:00—9:30
December 1: 8:00—9:30
December. 8: NO CLASS
December 15, 22, 29: 8:00—9:30

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.