Events Calendar

KHS Members Only: “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” Opening Reception

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5pm to 7pm, Kona Historical Society Headquarters

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Kona Historical Society members are invited to the Opening Reception of a new exhibit highlighting cultural contributions from Kona’s many ethnic groups. We welcome our members to this special event at Kona Historical Society’s Kealakekua headquarters on Wednesday, December 12 from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the opening of “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” with light holiday refreshments.

Through historical photographs and artifacts showcased alongside contemporary artworks from three Kona artists, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” will illustrate a deeply significant Hawaiian concept, also shared by many cultures, of the importance of taking a gift when one travels, and being prepared to express one’s respect and appreciation in the form of a pūʿolo, a small package or bundle. Artwork, oral histories, photos and artifacts reflecting Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, and English heritage appear alongside each other to illustrate a tapestry of cultures that create Kona’s unique sense of place.

To confirm your membership and to RSVP, please call (808)323-3222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before Friday, December 7.

Supported by the State of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid program “Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring,” will be open to the public starting Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua, and will be on display until June 27, 2019.

This exhibit is sponsored by Hawaii State Grant in Aid, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Hawaii Nonprofit Grant in Aid, Kona Transportation, Hannah Kihalani Springer, and The Aoki Family in Honor of Natsuko and Yasuto Aoki. Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.

Special December Bakes

Thursday, December 6 and Thursday, December 20, 10am to 12pm, Kona Historical Society's Portuguese Stone Oven

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Kona Historical Society will be making more batches of its famous Portuguese cinnamon bread at Kona Historical Society’s stone oven, or forno, located in the pasture below its main office and its historic general store museum in Kealakekua on two Thursdays in December: December 6 and December 20.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the public is able to watch Kona Historical Society staff and volunteers create these sticky, sweet loaves of cinnamon bread at the outdoor stone oven, a reproduction of the “forno,” the oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. Attendees will also learn about the traditional art of Portuguese bread making and the contributions of the Portuguese. The loaves are sold for $8 each on a first-come, first-serve basis from 12:45 p.m. until sold out. 

Kona Historical Society Presents a New Exhibit, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring”

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Thursday, June 27, 2019, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm at Kona Historical Society

Kona Historical Society Presents a New Exhibit Highlighting Kona’s Cultural Diversity
“Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” Will Be Open to the Public Monday, December 10

Kona Historical Society announced today that they will present a new exhibit highlighting cultural contributions from Kona’s many ethnic groups. Supported by the State of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid program “Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring,” will be open to the public starting Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua, and will be on display until June 27, 2019.

Through historical photographs and artifacts showcased alongside contemporary artworks from three Kona artists, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” will illustrate a deeply significant Hawaiian concept, also shared by many cultures, of the importance of taking a gift when one travels, and being prepared to express one’s respect and appreciation in the form of a pūʿolo, a small package or bundle. Artwork, oral histories, photos and artifacts reflecting Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, and English heritage appear alongside each other to illustrate a tapestry of cultures that create Kona’s unique sense of place.

In addition to photographs and artifacts from Kona Historical Society’s rich archive and collections that will be on display, this exhibit will showcase artwork from three artists deeply rooted in Kona’s districts. From Holualoa, Artists Hiroki Morinoue and his daughter Miho Morinoue will contribute a mixed media piece reflecting their Japanese heritage. Captain Cook Artist Gerald Lucena will present a fiber piece, made with locally sourced materials, gathered from the Kona districts. Artist and Cultural Practitioner Conall Kahaka‘io Ravenscraft from South Kona will be contributing a sculpture carved from native wood that expresses the personal relationship he has with his home. 

“Presenting tangible cultural objects alongside the intangible experiences and mana’o of community members, we can see how the contents of our pūʿolo tell our story,” said Kona Historical Society Curator Mina Elison. “The contents of our pūʿolo also affect our perspective. Through this exhibit, it is my hope that we spark discussion about our values as individuals and as a community and how we choose to share and express our pūʿolo with the world.  Through this lens, we can become more aware of how our actions affect others, our community locally and globally,” Elison said.

A special opening reception for Kona Historical Society members and invited guests only will be held at Kona Historical Society on Wednesday, December 12. To become a member, click here and RSVP at (808)323-3222.  This exhibit is sponsored by Hawaii State Grant in Aid, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Hawaii Nonprofit Grant in Aid, Kona Transportation, Hannah Kihalani Springer, and The Aoki Family in Honor of Natsuko and Yasuto Aoki. Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.

Yoga at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday mornings, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook

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Every Friday, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers “drop in” yoga classes for beginners and advanced alike. Enjoy the farm’s tranquil setting as you develop your physical, mental and spiritual practices. After class, attendees are welcome to talk story while enjoying a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Each class is $10 or free for Kona Historical Society members. Annual membership begins at $35. To become a member, visit http://www.konahistorical.org/index.php/khs/membership/ or call (808)323-3222.

Hands On History

Every Monday, 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 Monday, 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:


Friday, November 30               Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden with West Hawai’i Master Gardeners

Monday, December 3               Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, December 5         Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, December 7                 Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, December 10             Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy

Wednesday, December 12       Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, December 14               Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, December 17             Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, December 19       Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Friday, December 21               Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana                

Wednesday, December 26       Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, December 28               Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, December 31             A Japanese New Year Tradition: Mochi Making!


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.