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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Address: Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-323-2006
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Captain Cook
Type: History Museums, Farms, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Stroll through the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm that tells the story of Kona’s...
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Type: History Museums, Farms, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Bend, Oregon, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW 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
2 reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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SD
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Newnan, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My husband and I were driving the Kona Coast, on the way to Kahaluu Bay State Park, when we decided to tour this museum. What a great decision. We were greeted by a friendly docent (and some friendly wild turkeys) as we exited our car. We thought the museum would be about coffee making - and it was - but... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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116 reviews 116 reviews
55 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped here to buy some Kona, they had a nice exhibit showing some of the history of their coffee growing. Kona Coffee is not cheap so don't think you will get a bargain on the island. But, you can buy and sample fresh ground coffee. Try the best of the best, Kona peaberry.

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