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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Address: Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-323-2006
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Stroll through the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm that...
Stroll through the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the 1920’s. It is America’s only living history coffee farm where you may “talk story” with costumed historians and discover the history behind Kona’s gourmet crop. As an added treat you may sample and buy our 100% Kona Coffee grown here on our farm.Come join us! You won’t leave this place without feeling you have experienced a rare glimpse into Hawai`i’s colorful past.
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Outstanding Stop! Beware of short hours: 10am to 2pm M-F Only

This is an outstanding historical, cultural stop run by the Kona Historical Society. The docents are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to interact with you and share... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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153 reviews 153 reviews
36 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is an outstanding historical, cultural stop run by the Kona Historical Society. The docents are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to interact with you and share their insights into everything from the daily life of the family to the macro-economics of the coffee crop over the first 50-years of the 20th Century! Fascinating! And, they'll do it while they... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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142 reviews 142 reviews
34 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Just short of milepost 110 coming south from Kona, this family farm gave us a terrific introduction to the lives of early Japanese coffee farmers and their families. The "staff" are actually volunteers and it's apparent they love being able to share the stories of how the entire family worked in the coffee harvest as well as the joys of... More 

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a stop. Nice quiet setting on an actual (old) coffee farm. Staff is extremely knowledgeable, and gives great insite into how hard it was to grow coffee "in the old days". Charlie the donkey is an added treat. Not much parking so if there is a tour bus there come back later. The house is quite an eye... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Visiting the Kona Coffee Living History Farm was the highlight of the land activities I enjoyed on a recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Travel books and island activity booklets don’t do justice to this exceptionally interesting, enjoyable, educational farm. Docents make visitors feel very welcome. The original farmhouse (Japanese style) remains intact, just as it was lived... More 

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Princeville, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm was a completely charming and enlightening visit. Our docent Barry was relaxed and knowledgable - clearly someone who both regards the art of coffee-making and honors the traditions from which the current Kona Coffee reputation grew - he capably shared his knowledge of the coffee-related aspects of this plantation as well as many other... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Living History Museum tells the story of how Kona Coffee was farmed and processed before "factory farms." This site is an actual small family farm which was operated by three generations of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. During the visit we spoke to a "house docent" and a "farm docent." The "house docent" was born and raised in Japan. She... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a step back in time. In the best possible way. Perched on the hillside above Kealakekua Bay, you couldn't be further away from the cruise ships and tourists. You are invited to sip coffee grown on the farm, meet "Charlie," a donkey who once carried coffee beans to the mill and crack and... More 

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stopped here expecting to sample some coffee and maybe see how the trees grow. It's much more than that. Our tour lasted 1.5 hours and the 2 guides we had were really knowledgeable about the history of the farm. One guide showed us the traditions of the Japanese house on site and the other guide took us through the... More 

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Calgary
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Missed visiting Kona Coffee Living History Farm on our last visit to Hawaii and were really looking forward to a tour this time. Checked their website for their hours and saw that they would be closed Dec 23 to Jan 1 2015 for staff vacation. Perfectly understandable. So we planned our schedule to take in the tour on Friday Jan... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We spent 2 hours at this museum... There were informative interpreters at key points...Itsu described the living quarters of the Japanese thoroughly and Manaru gave an excellent discussion on the actual life and raising of coffee in the early days... nice grounds, not alot of walking, plenty of signs with stories... great for families too

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