Events Calendar

“Art in the Park” - A Live Art Auction

Saturday, April 1, 5-7 p.m., at the Shops at Mauna Lani

We are excited to announce that the Shops at Mauna Lani will be presenting the exclusive
“Art in the Park” Live Art Auction to benefit Kona Historical Society.

There will be a Wine & Beer Reception:

The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar
Monstera Noodles & Sushi

Artists’ Talk Story:
Brad Parker
Jacob Medina
Richard Rochkovsky
Live Painting by Rod Cameron with the finished painting being auctioned off

Collections from:
Lahaina Galleries
Third Dimension Gallery
Kozy’s Tiki Gallery
Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery

Don’t miss out on this fabulous event!
Click here for tickets. Seating is limited so sign up today. Includes hors d’oeuvres and 2 beverages.
Click here to sponsor this event (deadline March 17) and receive an ad in the event’s art catalog

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Hands On History

Every 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 Wednesday & Friday 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:

    2/22 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    2/24 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
    3/1 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Traditional Medicinal Gardening
    3/3 - A Girl’s Day Tradition: Mochi Making
    3/8 - Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
    3/10 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    3/15 - Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
    3/17 - Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
    3/22 - Home Grown Remedies: Kona’s Tradition of Medicinal Gardening
    3/24 - Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
    3/29 - Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
    3/31 - Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee 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 and the County of Hawaii’s Research and Development Department. 
Come and experience Kona’s Stories!

Ohigan at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

March 20-24, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

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Question: What is there to do when the kids are out of school for Spring Break? Answer: Get outside and have some fun with the family at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, KHS’ outdoor museum in Captain Cook. Hawaii schools’ Spring Break, running March 18-26, coincides with the time around Shunbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox) known as Ohigan. Interpreters at the farm will be sharing stories associated with the holiday and visitors will be able to create their own spring related crafts. Additionally, you may learn about life in Hawai`i during the 1920s-1940s, walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse (you may catch them cooking lunch to make bentos), and visit with the farm animals. The Farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and remember, children under 7 are free.  For more information call 808-323-3222.

New Exhibit: “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road”

Opening Monday, March 27; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 1st Saturday of each Month, 10a.m.-2p.m.

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Sharing the rich history of coffee in Kona through the eyes of families and farmers who built the lucrative industry, Kona Historical Society will present the award-winning exhibit, “The Kona Coffee Story:  Along the Hawaii Belt Road.” The exhibit is slated to run March through November in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee. A product of extensive community collaboration led by the Kona Japanese Civic Association and the Japanese American National Museum, Kona Historical Society’s renewal of this world-traveled exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to be inspired by stories of Kona’s coffee pioneers and learn more about the deep roots of Kona’s coffee heritage and culture. This exhibit was generously funded by the State of Hawaii Grant in Aid and sponsored by Kona Trans. If you would like to also sponsor this exhibit click here.

March’s Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Sponsored by Balbi Brooks and Rob & Barbara Kildow

Wednesday, March 29, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua Kona

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On March 29, Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona lecture series Thomas Woods, PhD. Tom is the executive director of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and has published and lectured widely on agricultural history, interpretive techniques and planning historic sites.  He will be presenting Letters From the Ali’i: A Collection Unveiled, 1820-1887. In a project organized and led by Hawaiian Mission Houses (HMH), more than 225 letters written by 42 different ali’i, or high ranking Hawaiians, between 1820 and 1907 have been digitized by HMH and then transcribed, translated and annotated by interns under the direction of Puakea Nogelmeier and the Awaiaulu Foundation. These words from the ali‘i themselves give us a remarkable lens through which we can view nineteenth century life on Hawaiʻi Island and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
This is the March portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming lectures.

Special Easter Bread Bake at the Portuguese Stone Oven

Thursday, April 13, 10:00am - Pau

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Kona Historical Society’s Portuguese Stone Oven bread baking, that happens every Thursday, is even more special on April 13 because the KHS stone oven baking crew will be putting the traditional whole egg in each loaf to celebrate Easter. Join the process of panning the dough and baking close to 100 loaves of the traditional sweet, white and whole wheat on the Thursday before Easter between 10:00am and 12:30pm. The program is free and the bread is $8 per loaf (sorry, no bread reservations; first come, first served).  Bread sales begin around 12:30p.m. until sold out.  Bring your lunch and make a day of it with an oven-side picnic in the pasture! 

Celebrate Earth Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday, April 21, 10a.m.-2p.m., at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Are you interested in sustainability? Are you curious about how recycling was done back in the 1920s? Then come to the Kona Coffee Living History Farm on April 21 when the farm will be celebrating the concept of sustainability that was practiced by Kona coffee pioneers and remains important today. You will learn about life in Hawai`i during the 1920’s-1940’s, experience the methods used for farming and the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle as you walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse and visit with the donkey and chickens. Along the way, costumed interpreters are available to “talk story” and answer questions.  Visitors can participate in traditional crafts using recycled items. The farm is open Monday through Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and remember, children under 7 are free.  For more information call 808-323-3222

April’s Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Sponsored by John & Merrilyn Farquhar

Wednesday, April 26, 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua Kona

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On Wednesday, April 26, Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona lecture series the staff from Ke Kai Ola, the Marine Mammal Center in Kailua Kona. They will be discussing the natural history of The Natural History of the Hawaiian Monk Seal and rehabilitation efforts for this endangered animal.
This is the April portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming lectures.

Boy’s Day at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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

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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 traditional cloth carp wind socks and visitors can make their own origami samurai helmet and participate in mochi making. 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 Lecture Sponsored by Meg Greenwell

Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua Kona

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On Wednesday, May 31, Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series Jackie Pualani Johnson, Director, Actor and Retired Professor of Theater Arts from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Born and raised in Hilo, Jackie has 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 at Kealapu’ali. Jackie will be presenting Isabella Rides Again: Isabella Bird & Living History, selections from a one-woman living history play written for the Kona Historical Society by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.  This presentation is part of KHS’ community lecture series 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. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming lectures.

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Sponsored by an Anonymous Friend of KHS

Wednesday, June 28, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center

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On Wednesday, June 28 KHS’ Museum Curator Mina Elison and KHS’ Asst. Program Director Gavin Miculka will share stories and photos from “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Mamalahoa Highway”, an exhibit at KHS’ H.N. Greenwell Store Museum that tells the rich history of coffee in Kona through the eyes of families and farmers who built the lucrative industry. With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee.
This is the June portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

July’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Series

Wednesday, July 26, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center

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On Wednesday, July 26 Maile Melrose will relate the fascinating stories of “The Men Who Loved ‘Io and O’O: Birdcatchers and Birds of Hawaii”. Maile is the author of Guide to Old Kona and an historical researcher and educator. Her strong ties to the community give her great insight into Kona’s history and landscape.
This is the July portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

August’s Hanohano O’ Kona Lecture Sponsored by the Kona Frame Shop and Rob & Barbara Kildow

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

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On August 30, Healoha Johnston, Assistant Curator at the Honolulu Museum of Art, will be joining us to share her knowledge and insight on her specialty, Hawaii art and artists. She previously served as an assistant curator at the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and ran a small photography gallery in San Diego while curating contemporary photography exhibitions at the San Diego Natural History museum. She has also applied her research skills to other areas like the Hula Preservation Society, where she assisted in the development of museum methodology practice and as a policy specialist for NOAA and the Marine National Monument Plans.
This is the August portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

September’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30p.m.-7p.m., West Hawaii Civic Center

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On September 28,  Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series welcomes MaryAnne Maigret, Archaeologist at the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park. She will be presenting on the “Preservation and Stabilization of Hawaiian Stone Architecture and Landscape”. MaryAnne has a MA in Geography and a strong interest in historic preservation with all the mapping, data collection and preservation compliance that comes with that.
This is the September portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., 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 information call 808-323-3222 . Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

October’s Hanohano O’ Kona Lecture Sponsored by Allen & Patty Wall & an Anonymous Friend of KHS

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, West Hawaii Civic Center

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Keola Beamer and Dr. Richard Stevens will be talking about “Malama Koaloha/Keep Your Love: The Battle of Kuamoo and the End of the Kapu System” for this month’s Hanohano O Kona lecture. Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian slack-key guitar player, best known as the composer of “Honolulu City Lights” and an innovative musician who fused Hawaiian roots and contemporary music. Dr. Richard Stevens, Ph.D, is a humanities instructor at the University of Hawaii Center-Palamanui. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and has worked as a “trail hunter” for the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the UH Research Corporation. He’s an author as well, having written books about Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail and articles about Hawaiian trails for Honolulu Magazine.
This is the October portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month 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 information call 808-323-3222. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming lectures.

Yoga On The Farm

Every Friday, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook

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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, Liz Aschenbrenner, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In her previous life, she worked in International Finance with companies like 20th Century Fox, MGM and NBC/Universal, and her desire to travel was fulfilled as her work took her to more than 30 countries around the world. Since moving to Hawaii from California with her husband and cat, she has become a yoga teacher. Classes will be held during the peaceful mornings at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm located near mile-marker 110 in Captain Cook and include a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Bring your own mat and water. The class is $10 or free to Kona Historical Society members. To become a KHS member visit our online store: store.konahistorical.org (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 us at 808-323-3222.

March 2017 Schedule
3/3 - 7:30am to 8:45am
3/10 - 8am to 9:30am
3/17 - 8am to 9:30am
3/24 - 8am to 9:30am

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.