Save the Date! KHS’ 2015 Online Auction
Running from 9:00AM (HST), Sunday, July 12 to 7:00PM (HST), Sunday, July 26
Kona Historical Society will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for exciting upcoming projects and programs that we do in the community. Our 2014 online auction had close to $40,000 in auction items. We hope this year’s auction will be even bigger!
Girl’s Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Tuesday, March 3, 10:00am-2:00pm
Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawaii when a girl’s dolls are put on display and are thought to possess the power to contain and allay “bad spirits”. 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. It is America’s only living history coffee farm. Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards learning the methods used for farming back then, tour the historic farmhouse (you may catch them making musubi in the kitchen), and visit with the donkey and chickens. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions. The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm. Call 808-323-3222 or go to the Farm’s webpage for more info.
Spring Break at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Monday-Friday, March 16-20, 10:00am-2:00pm
What is there to do when the kids are out of school for Spring Break? Get outside and have some fun at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, an outdoor museum in Captain Cook! Learn about life in Hawai`i during the 1920’s-1940’s, walk through the coffee trees and smell the beautiful coffee blossoms, tour the historic farmhouse and find out how they lived back then and, of course, visit with Charlie the donkey. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions. The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm. Call 808-323-3222 for more info and directions.
KHS Jeep Trip for Cultural Stewardship at Keauhou Ranch
Saturday, April 25, 9:00am-3:00pm, Ka`u
This KHS Jeep Trip will prove to be a fascinating journey learning about the historical, cultural and ecological background of the Keauhou Ranch area. Iwikau Joaquin, assisted by Bobby Camara, will be the guide for this journey in and about Keauhou Ranch that is within the ahupuaʻa of Kapāpala in the district of Kaʻū. He will provide a history of the area and direct a chance to plant native forest plants to help with the revegetation which was initiated by Kamehameha Schools in 2003. The trip will then continue on to visit The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, operated by the San Diego Zoological Society. Here they work to restore critically endangered populations of Hawaiian forest birds, like the rare ʻAlala or Hawaiian Crow, through a captive breeding program.
The cost for this jeep trip is $85 ($95 after April 20th). As with all of our jeep trips, you must be a current KHS member to attend. Joining is easy! Just click here if you would like to join or renew your membership and here if you would like to make a reservation. To join this trip you must also download and send in a waiver form no later than Monday, April 20th. 4WD is not required for this trip. Bring drinks, lunch, covered shoes, long pants, garden gloves, folding chair or beach mat, sun protection and rain gear. Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to sign up by phone: 808-323-3222. This trip is limited and tends to fill up so reserve your spot today!
Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven
Every Thursday between 10:00AM-1:00PM
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-1:00pm. The program is FREE and the bread is $7 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 Dinner Cruise Aboard the Body Glove
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4:00-7:00PM
Step aboard and journey back in time, when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged and fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands. The Body Glove’s luxurious, three hour guided historical dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook’s monument will capture your imagination and reveal many secrets 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 visit 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 will be served, 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To make a reservation visit the Body Glove Hawaii website 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!