Events Calendar

Hanohano O Kona September Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30pm to 7pm, West Hawaii Civic Center



For the September installment of the Hanohano `O Kona lecture series on Wednesday, September 26, Kona Historical Society is proud to announce Claudia Chang, President of the Kona Japanese Civic Association, will be sharing the history of Kona’s Kumiai, or Japanese community groups. The presentation will start at 5:30pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

When Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii, they brought with them their culture, many examples of which are still enjoyed in Hawaii today. Throughout Kona, and throughout Hawaii, mochi pounding and bon dances are still popular traditions, but others, like kumiai groups are slowing disappearing.  As Japanese immigrants moved to Hawaii from Japan to work on sugar plantations and eventually coffee farms, neighboring families would gather resources to help each other during times of struggle. On Hawaii Island, and particularly in Kona, the kumiai groups still have a strong presence.  They continue to gather annually and help families at funerals.  Claudia will share history of the kumiais, and in particular, the Akitsu Kumiai, based in South Kona district.

Claudia Chang is a fourth generation Japanese American, born and raised in Kealakekua.  A graduate of Konawaena High School, University of Hawaii Manoa and Kapiolani Community College, she is the past president of the Akitsu Kumia, and currently serves as an Officer and Board Member of many Japanese and other community organizations in Kona.  Currently, she serves as President of Kona Hiroshima Kenjin Kai and Kona Japanese Civic Association, Vice President of the Japanese Cultural Center of Kona, Board Member and Lantern Parade Chairperson for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Youth Director for Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kyodan, Assistant Secretary for Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association and Secretary for Keopuka Kai Property Owner’s Association.

For the past seven years, Kona Historical Society has offered this community lecture series, spotlighting local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. It is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. The lectures are free of charge and open to all, residents and visitors alike. 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.

Community Access & Archives Presentation and Exhibit Tour

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10am to 2pm, North Hawaii Education and Research Center


Learn strategies to maximize community access to collections from Heritage Center Coordinator, Dr. Momi Naughton, who will share valuable ideas to increase collaboration with the community in order to create engaging and relevant exhibits.

Coffee and breakfast provided prior to presentation and discussion continues at no-host lunch at Tex’s Drive In following the event.

Yoga at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Friday mornings, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook



Every Friday, Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers “drop in” yoga classes for beginners and advanced alike. Enjoy the farm’s tranquil setting as you develop your physical, mental and spiritual practices. After class, attendees are welcome to talk story while enjoying a complimentary cup of 100% Kona coffee. Each class is $10 or free for Kona Historical Society members. Annual membership begins at $35. To become a member, visit or call (808)323-3222.

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, October 1                 Utility Meets Beauty: The Tradition of Sashiko Stitching

Wednesday, October 3             Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm

Friday, October 5                     Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Monday, October 8                 Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Wednesday, October 10           Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, October 12                   Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Monday, October 15               Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy                

Wednesday, October 17           Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

Friday, October 19                   Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Monday, October 22               Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen

Wednesday, October 24           Balanced Bento: Pickles as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table

Friday, October 26                   Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Monday, October 29               Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

Wednesday, October 31           Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden

Friday, November 2                 Floral Philosophy: The Art and Harmony of Ikebana

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.