Events Calendar

Special Bread Bake Days At the Portuguese Stone Oven

First Tuesday of Every Month, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7 & July 5, 10a.m.-12:30p.m.


If you’ve got a sweet tooth, but don’t like to bake, Kona Historical Society can satisfy your appetite. KHS is holding Special Bakes on the first Tuesday of every month (in addition to its regular Thursday bakes) at its Portuguese Stone Oven, located in the pasture below the Society’s main office in Kealakekua. The next Special Bakes will be held on March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7 and July 5. These Special Bakes will feature the popular cinnamon bread and another surprise bread. A total of approximately 100 loaves will be made at each Special Bake. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to watch the baking process at the outdoor stone oven, a reproduction of the “forno,” the oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. The loaves are sold for $8 each on a first-come, first-serve basis until sold out. Sales start down at the oven at about 12:30 p.m. and tend to sell out quickly so get there early. These Special Bakes are part of the Society’s Portuguese Bread Baking Program, which celebrates Portuguese contributions to Kona’s ranching heritage and perpetuates the art of baking Portuguese bread in the traditional way. Portuguese families typically shared their ovens communally and worked together to produce the weekly bread for everyone. For more information, call KHS at 808-323-3222.

Hands On History

Every Wednesday at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, 11a.m.


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook will be having “Hands On History” activities every Wednesday at 11 a.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:

    March 23-Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    March 30-A Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    April 6-Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    April 13-Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    April 20-Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    April 22(Friday)-Special Earth Day activity-Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    April 27-Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardens

Come and experience Kona’s Stories!

Mother’s Day Kona Coffee Gift Baskets-100% Kona Coffee with a Mission!

Order before May 2 to ensure delivery by Mother's Day


It’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day on May 8. Kona Historical Society has put together a Mother’s Day gift box of 100% Kona coffee. A perfect coffee for the perfect person. Delight your Mom’s taste buds with one of the tastiest coffees on earth, known for its rich flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate, shipped direct to her house in a gift box. What could be easier for you and more delicious for her? Forget that second pair of slippers and send her what she really wants: 100% Kona Coffee. Your purchase directly supports the educational programs and preservation projects of the Kona Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit. Order online now to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day at or call 808-323-3222.

Boy’s Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Thursday, May 5, 10:00am-2:00pm, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook


Tango no Sekku or Boy’s Day is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawaii every May 5 when families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags. These fish-shaped wind socks were made to resemble carp because of the legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, a symbol of a strong and healthy boy. Visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an 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. On this day, the farm will display samurai dolls, samurai helmets and cloth carp wind socks will be hung up. Visitors can make their own origami samurai helmet and mini Koi Nobori (carp display). Additionally, visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards learning the methods used for farming back then, tour the historic farmhouse and visit with the farm animals. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm.  For more information call 808-323-3222.

May’s Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Sponsored by M.E. “Meg” Greenwell

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center


On Wednesday, May 25, Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series a “pop-up exhibit,” historic slideshow and discussion of paniolo life in Kona, Hawaii entitled “Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys”. Don’t miss this event which will give a preview of its first rotating exhibit to be shown in their upcoming gallery, the Kona Museum. This presentation is part of KHS’ community lecture series for 2016. Held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center, Kailua-Kona, every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., this series features local and state speakers sharing knowledge of 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 lecture is supported by the State of Hawaii, Grant in Aid program. Click here for the full list of upcoming lectures.

    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!