Kona Coffee Living History Farm
***KHS Holiday Schedule Changes***
The Kona Historical Society will be closed the following days so that we can catch up on maintenance/preservation projects and to give our workers and volunteers time with their friends & families during the holidays: November 26-28; December 24-January 1. This schedule change includes the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. If we miss you during these days we hope you will join us in the New Year!
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a 5.5 acre historic coffee farm first homesteaded in 1900 and is the only living history coffee farm in the nation. It brings the coffee pioneer’s story to life by depicting the daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945. Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse, talk story with the interpreters and visit with the donkey and chickens. A “living history” program tells their story through the use of historic buildings, artifacts, and authentic landscapes. Living history gives students and visitors an opportunity to experience history “brought to life” by costumed interpreters who demonstrate traditional crafts, agricultural activities, and the everyday tasks of people from the past.
The Farm is open for tours and 100% Kona coffee sales Monday—Friday, with the gate opening at 10:00am and closing at 2:00pm. Be sure to be there by 1:00pm so that you have enough time for a full tour.
The Story Behind KHS’ Kona Coffee Living History Farm
The Uchida project is not a Kona project or a Hawai’i project. It is a national project which tells in eloquent and dramatic language that this is an American Story which represents success, family values, and independence.
~Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator
You have developed a program that is creative, informative, and most crucial…it is interactive and encourages learning in its most stimulating form.
~Judith Fox-Goldstein, President
University of Hawai`i at Hilo-Conference Center
Last week my wife and I had the most memorable experience of our Hawaiian trip visiting the Living History Farm. We were educated in the development of coffee beans, and were taken back in time to understand the people and process involved in bringing coffee to market. We wanted to give our deep appreciation to the [farm workers] for their time in educating us and giving us an historical perspective of the family that spent so many years dedicated to raising coffee and living in such a frugal and thoughtful way. Our visit was one that we consider time well spent and will remain one of the top highlights of our trip. Thank you.
I stepped back in time and into my childhood at The Kona Coffee Living History Farm. This living museum chronicles the life of immigrant Japanese coffee farmers through the original farmhouse and coffee farm of the Uchida family. Their life mirrored that of my grandparents… Knowledgeable interpreters of the living history farm engage guests with historically accurate demonstrations, bringing the period to life. Read More
~Sandy Hu, Co-Founder
Special Fork Blog
We invite you to join us for a unique experience…
*not to be used in conjunction with group discounts