About the Kona Historical Society

The Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally. 

The society maintains two historic sites and the Jean Greenwell Archives, which boasts the largest photograph collection on the Big Island: over 140 maps; many rare and out-of-print books; historical records including manuscripts, pamphlets and oral history interviews; and films and videotapes of Kona. 

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H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Society provides living history programs at its historic sites, the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, where costumed interpreters interact with visitors as they learn about Kona’s history through hands on activities. Other programs include Portuguese stone oven baking, historic Kailua Village walking tours, off-road jeep trips, historical boat cruises, Hanohano `o Kona (Honoring Kona) free lecture series, and other special programs of historical and cultural interest.

Our Dedicated Board of Directors

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Capital Campaign Committee Pictured left to right, front row: Billy Paris, Alfreida Fujita, Stephanie Ackerman, Pauline Amarino, Tomoe Nimori. Back row: Bud Norwood, Carol Greenwell, Wilma Paris, Ku’ulani Auld, Meg Greenwell, Jill Olson, Wendy Craven, Balbi Brooks, Sally Inkster, Dave Young, Anne Irene Wilcox, Allen Wall, Dean Uemura

President
Allen Wall

Vice President
Hannah Springer

Treasurer
Ethan Olins

Secretary
M.E. Greenwell

Executive Director
Joy Holland

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Joy Holland, Executive Director, with Jill Olson, Executive Director Emeritus, at the March 21, 2013 Membership Meeting.

Executive Director Emeritus
Jill Olson

Directors
Stephanie Ackerman
Balbi Brooks
Eugene Clapp III
Wendy Craven
Alfreida Fujita
Carol Greenwell
Sally Inkster
Tomoe Nimori
William “Buddy” Norwood

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Jill Olson, Executive Director Emeritus, and the late Sherwood Greenwell, President 1976- 2004, both founding members.

 

                       

Awards and Honors

Tourism Cares for the Kona Historical Society

Our most recent award is from the group,Tourism Cares, the tourism industry‚Äôs premier charitable organization for preservation, conservation, restoration and education in tourism.  Kona Historical Society was honored as part of the winter 2010 Worldwide Grant Program.  The Society is among six global recipients this season to receive one of the prestigious grants, which are presented to worthy tourism-related nonprofits in need of support.  The Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant funding will assist in the restoration of the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, which is a unique site, as it is the only living history coffee farm in the United States. The project aims to restore the historic structures and protect them from environmental factors for the safety of staff and visitors.

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Kona Historical Society

  • Award of Merit- American Association of State & Local History
  • Smithsonian Affiliate- (first in the state of Hawaii)
  • Everyday Heroes Award- American Red Cross
  • Historical Preservation: “Keep it Hawai`i”- State of Hawai`i Certificate of Merit
  • Outstanding Employer of Persons with Disabilities- State of Hawai`i Award
  • Certificate of Recognition- Richard Smart Big Island Community Achievement Award
  • Preservation Honor Award, Alfreida Kimura Fujita (Board Member)- Historic Hawai’i Foundation
  • Preservation Honor Award, Jill Olson (Executive Director Emeritus)- Historic Hawai’i Foundation
  • Programs

    Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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  • National Register of Historic Places- U.S. Department of the Interior
  • National Preservation Honor Award and Partner Places Program- National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Award of Merit- American Association of State & Local History
  • State Register of Historic Places- State of Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation

  • Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour

  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
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    H.N. Greenwell Store

  • National Register of Historic Places- U.S. Department of the Interior
  • State Register of Historic Places- State of Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
  • Publications

    A Guide to Old Kona
  • Certification of Commendation- American Association of State & Local History
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
  • Guide to Heritage Stores
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
  • Guide to the Kona Districts
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
  • Historic Kailua Village Map
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
  • E Pili Ana No Kona/Regarding Kona (17 minute video)
  • Historic Preservation Award- Historic Hawai`i Foundation
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