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.
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
Executive Director Emeritus
Eugene Clapp III
William “Buddy” Norwood
Awards and Honors
Tourism Cares for the Kona Historical Society
Our most recent award is from the group,Tourism Cares, the tourism industry’s 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.
Kona Historical Society
ProgramsKona Coffee Living History Farm
Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour
H.N. Greenwell Store
PublicationsA Guide to Old Kona