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. 


H.N. Greenwell Store Museum


Kona Coffee Living History Farm








The Society provides living history programs and exhibits 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, off-road jeep trips, Hanohano `o Kona (Honoring Kona) Lecture Series, and other special programs of historical and cultural interest.

Our Dedicated Board of Directors


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

William “Buddy” Norwood

Ethan Olins

M.E. Greenwell

Executive Director
Joy Holland
Stephanie Ackerman
Balbi Brooks
Carol Greenwell
Lisa Hummel
Sally Inkster
Shane Akoni Nelsen
Dylan Nonaka
Hannah Springer
Mike Vitousek
Wade Yasuda