Events Calendar

Kealapu`ali Jeep Trip featuring a Performance by Jackie Pualani Johnson

Saturday, June 23, Kealapu`ali

The Performance Is Part Of Kona Historical Society’s Exclusive Tour Of Kealapu`ali On Hualalai

Kona Historical Society’s next Historical Jeep Trip will lead guests on an exclusive tour of Kealapu`ali on Hualalai on Saturday, June 23, featuring an incredible presentation by Jackie Pualani Johnson of Kona Historical Society’s one-woman play “Isabella Bird: A Living History Performance” written by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. The cost of this excursion is $190, and includes transportation, a no-host bar and lunch served at a ranch family home.

Isabella Lucy Bird was one of the first of England’s female adventurers to defy societal norms by traveling alone to distant countries. Bird visited Hawaii in 1873 and wrote about her experiences in letters to relatives, which were eventually published in the book, “Six Months in the Sandwich Isles,” published in 1875. In the summer of 1873, Isabella Bird visited Charles Wall’s mountain home and sheep station at Kealapu’ali and wrote about her observations in letters to her sister Hennie.

Kona Historical Society’s Isabella Rides Again Jeep Trip will take guests through Kaumalumalu to Kealapu`ali, where the adventurer’s writing about the ranch will spring to life through this stellar performance. Born and raised in Hilo, Jackie Pualani Johnson spent decades providing the UH Performing Arts Department drama program with classical, musical, and ethnic theatre. She has directed several living history productions with KHS, including Kona Coffee Days, A Visit to Kalukalu, and Isabella Bird in 2013.

As with all of our Historical Jeep Trips, guest must be current members to participate, and anyone can become a member of Kona Historical Society. To become a member or to renew a membership, please call the Kona Historical Society office at (808)323-3222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reservations can be made by calling the Kona Historical Society office up until June 23. Refunds will not be given if a cancellation is made less than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Seating is extremely limited with only 26 seats available for sale. Once those seats are reserved, interested patrons will be added to a waiting list in the event of cancellation. Guests should bring a jacket, appropriate walking shoes, sunscreen and a folding chair.

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.

Hands On History

Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 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 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:

Monday, June 4 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Wednesday, June 6 - Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, June 8 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy

Monday, June 11 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, June 13 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening

Friday, June 15 - Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana      

Monday, June 18 - Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, June 20 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, June 22 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, June 25 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy

Wednesday, June 27 - Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, June 29 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Every Thursday between 10a.m.-12:30p.m.


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.