Events Calendar

WHAR Golf Tournament to Benefit KHS

Monday, September 11, The Club at Hokuli'a

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Kona Historical Society is honored to be chosen by the West Hawaii Association of Realtors (WHAR) as their 2017 Charity of Choice. This year WHAR will be hosting a KHS Benefit Golf Tournament at The Club at Hokuli’a. Hokuli’a's Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is a private, ocean-side course that rises from sea level to approximately 400 feet. Every hole is framed by a dramatic ocean view and some holes run directly along the ocean. There will be lots of golf fun, prizes, an auction of KHS historical canvas photos and a luncheon. If you want to support Kona Historical Society by attending this amazing Golf Tournament Benefit click here to register.

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 schedule for upcoming activities is as follows:

    7/21 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    7/26 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    7/28 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    8/2 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    8/4 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    8/9 - Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    8/11 - Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana
    8/16 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Tradition of Medicinal Gardening
    8/18 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    8/23 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    8/25 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    8/30 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    9/1 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home


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 and the County of Hawaii’s Research and Development Department. 
Come and experience Kona’s Stories!

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

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 November 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.

August’s Hanohano O’ Kona Lecture Sponsored by the Kona Frame Shop and Rob & Barbara Kildow

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

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On August 30, Healoha Johnston, Assistant Curator, Arts of Hawaii at the Honolulu Museum of Art, will be joining us to share her knowledge and insight on her specialty, Hawaii art and artists. She previously served as an assistant curator at the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and ran a small photography gallery in San Diego while curating contemporary photography exhibitions at the San Diego Natural History museum. She has also applied her research skills to other areas like the Hula Preservation Society, where she assisted in the development of museum methodology practice and as a policy specialist for NOAA and the Marine National Monument Plans.
This is the August portion of a community lecture series 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. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

September’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Sponsored by Henry E.P. Kekahuna Ohana

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

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On September 28,  Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series welcomes MaryAnne Maigret, Archaeologist at the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park. She will be presenting on the “Preservation and Stabilization of Hawaiian Stone Architecture and Landscape”. MaryAnne has a MA in Geography and a strong interest in historic preservation with all the mapping, data collection and preservation compliance that comes with that.
This is the September portion of a community lecture series 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 . Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s Farm Fest Open House: “From Farm to Table”

Saturday, September 30, 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 their annual Farm Fest Open House on Saturday, September 30 from 10a.m.-2p.m., At this year’s annual celebration honoring Kona’s heritage, the theme is “Farm Farm to Table” and promises a day filled with family-fun activities that revolve around all the amazing sustainable foods that are made here in Kona, whether it’s baked items, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Sam Choy, hands-on historical “foodie” activities or traditional treats. There will also be local music; “Hands on History” activities where you can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others—keiki & grownups are encouraged to join in and learn a new craft; Kona coffee tastings; an historical photo exhibit and tours of the historic 1920’s coffee mill and farmhouse.  To make parking easier, catch the shuttle (9:30a.m.-3p.m.) from Kealakekua Ranch Center that day. Come join the fun and don’t miss out on the cultural celebration that surrounds 18 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation! We strive to keep this event free for the community through sponsorships. If you’d like to support this event through sponsorships please call 808-323-3222. We’d love to get you involved!

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. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

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
Aug. 4: 8:00—9:30
Aug. 11: NO CLASS
Aug. 18: 8:00—9:30
Aug. 25: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 1: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 8: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 15: 7:30—8:45
Sept. 22: 8:00—9:30
Sept. 29: 7:30—8:45
Oct. 6: 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.