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!
KHS Jeep Trip To Kiholo Bay
Saturday, August 22, 9:00am-3:00pm, North Kona
This KHS Jeep Trip will prove to be a fascinating adventure in the North Kona district, exploring the historical, cultural and ecological background of the Kiholo Bay area. Hosted by Hui Aloha Kiholo, Nature Conservancy staff and naturalist Bobby Camara, we will be learning about the royal fishponds, the Hawaiian ali`i that frequented there, the history of ranching in that area and ongoing stewardship projects being undertaken today.
The cost for this jeep trip is $85 ($95 after August 17th). 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. To join this trip you must pay for a reservation and also download and send in a waiver form no later than Monday, August 17th. Vehicles with good clearance are necessary but 4WD is not required for this trip. Bring drinks, lunch, walking shoes, folding chair or beach mat and sun protection. Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to sign up by phone: 808-323-3222. We will email you directions and an itinerary. This trip is limited and tends to fill up so reserve your spot today!
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!