Events Calendar

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!
Your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts! 75% of our auction items come from members or friends of members. Please help us by asking businesses you frequent if they would like to donate something to the 2015 Online Auction.  Drop off one of our letters (click here) at their business and give us a call with their phone number and we will follow up. Your hairdresser, your favorite restaurant, your neighbor who owns the diving company or art gallery….all these could be potential donors that make this the most successful auction ever! 
Checkout KHS’ 2015 Online Auction to see what we have today and come back often, as we will be adding more items as we receive them. Want to donate something? Have questions? Please contact us: 808-323-3222 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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!

April’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 29, 5:30pm - 7:00pm West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona


The Rise of a King: Kamehameha
In this presentation David Eyre will be talking about Kamehameha I, the great leader and hero. His latest book, The Rise of a King: Kamehameha, honors years of research and biographical data brought to life in a book written specifically for a young audience that is unique in its telling, the perfect marriage of history and legend.
David Eyre, as a writer of historical fiction, emphasizes the history surrounding King Kamehameha I without sacrificing the human elements of storytelling. He is a lifelong educator who served as a high school Hawaiian language teacher at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama for 23 years. His books have received numerous Ka Palapala Po’okela Awards, including the Award of Excellence for By Wind, By Wave, which was named the best natural science book of 2000. Brook Kapukuniahi Parker is a Native Hawaiian artist from Kahalu’u, O’ahu. His artwork reflects ancestral ties to Hawaiian warriors and ali’i, including Kamehameha the Great and his wife Kanekapolei.
This is the April portion of a community lecture series for 2015 at the West Hawai`i Civic Center, 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 info call 808-323-3222.

Boy’s Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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


May 5th, known as Tango no Sekku or Boy’s Day, is an honored holiday in Japan and Hawaii 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. 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 roasting and grinding coffee 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 for more info and directions.

Kona Coffee Living History Farm Founders’ Day Celebration

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Captain Cook, FREE


Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm will be opening up the farm for a celebration honoring Kona’s coffee heritage. This free event promises to be a fun day with many coffee farm-related activities including traditional food, baked goodies; Kona coffee tastings; farm-fresh fruits & vegetables to buy and taste; ojyame games for the keiki; visits with Charlie, the Farm’s Kona Nightingale; “talk story” with kupuna; kanikapila and tours of the 1920’s farm & farmhouse. Make your plans to attend the KCLHFarm on October 24th and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds 16 years as the only living history coffee farm in the nation. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities please call us at 808-323-3222.

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 $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 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!