Events Calendar

Hanohano `O Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 24, 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua Kona, Free


Mau Piailug’s Star Compass by NewportM

On February 24, Kona Historical Society is honored to have Stu Dawrs presenting “The Last Navigator(s): Mau Piailug and the Master Mariners of Satawal”. Dawrs, Sr. Pacific Specialist Librarian at the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library, will be talking about Mau Piailug, a man who is widely known throughout the Pacific and celebrated for his essential contribution to the revival of Polynesian navigating, especially on the Hokule‘a. Specifically, Dawrs will be discussing the creation of an online photo collection from photos by Steve Thomas, who documented Mau’s importance as a traditional navigator. Dawrs will share how the decision to open the collection up for public comment has served to deepen our understanding of Mau Piailug’s life and legacy and how this sharing of information has transformed the photo collection from being a static depiction of Mau’s Satawal to a living collection that documents the lives of many people today. This is the February 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.

Girl’s Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Tuesday, March 3, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.


Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day on March 3 is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawaii when a girl’s dolls are put on display. 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 1920’s to 1940’s in Hawaii. Visitors learn about the methods used for farming back then, how the pioneers incorporated sustainability into their lifestyle and daily life on the farm including visits with the resident donkey, Charlie. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to make their own paper dolls and be able to sample traditional Girl’s Day foods like hina-arare and hishimochi.  The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.  For more information call 808-323-3222.

Ohigan at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

March 16-25, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.


Question: What is there to do when the kids are out of school for Spring Break? Answer: Get outside and have some fun with the family at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, KHS’ outdoor museum in Captain Cook. Hawaii schools’ Spring Break, running March 16-25, coincides with the time around Shunbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox) known as Ohigan. Interpreters at the farm will be sharing stories associated with the holiday and visitors will be able to create their own spring related crafts. Additionally, you may learn about life in Hawai`i during the 1920s-1940s, walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse (you may catch them cooking lunch to make bentos), and visit with the farm animals. The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and remember, children under 7 are free.  For more information call 808-323-3222.

Yoga On The Farm

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


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, Ryan Nakade, attended the Ananda College of Living Wisdom in Oregon, graduated with a B.A. in Yoga Therapy and Eastern Healing Modalities and has been teaching yoga for 4 years. 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. The class is $10 or free to Kona Historical Society members. To become a KHS member visit their website: (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 Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222.

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

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


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!


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 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!