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Kona Historical Society

Address: 81-6551 Mamalohoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
Phone Number: 808-323-3222
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Kealakekua
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Step back in time to an authentic living history experience where historical sites present you with a vivid and unforgettable story of Hawai’i's past. Come experience the 1880’s in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum where the shopkeeper will help you gather your supplies for your trip up Kona mauka. The mingled aromas of coffee beans and oranges blend together again, just as they did over 100 years ago when goods were sold here in the heydey of Kona ranching. Or you may 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. On Thursdays, visitors and locals alike, line up to buy the sweet bread coming out of the Portuguese stone oven.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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Eureka, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were there during a festival, so there was more guided tours, etc. However, I would really recommend this little spot for an evocative and edifying glimpse into a multi generational little coffee farm of a Japanese American family, now a museum. You can walk around on a self guided tour. It would be great for kids.

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Tucson, Arizona
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31 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First off.. mea culpa. We did not go into the actual museum. We headed straight over to the traditional oven where they bake the Portuguese bead: white , wheat and absolutely delicious sweet bread. At $7 a loaf it is an amazing deal. Get there early and watch them prepare and bake it. Fantastic.

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Newcastle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Kona Historical Society has a living history program where they share the Portuguese knowledge of baked bread. Stop by and hear the stories of the ranching cowboys and watch the bread making process. Buy a loaf of bread , then go taste coffee next door at Greenwell coffee farm.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
65 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This museum is well worth the visit even if you've already visited the Greenwell Coffee Farm. Greenwell gives you a good understanding of what coffee growing is like today, along with the growing of fruit trees. The Kona Historical Society Museum lives up to its name: an historical museum about coffee. We were given a guided tour by someone who... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Guides were wonderful and informative about coffee growing and how people lived years ago. It is well worth a visit.

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Dillsboro, Indiana
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Learn more about the history of Kona by visiting the H.N. Greenwell Store. Our tour guide was a wonderful story teller and we greatly enjoyed listening to her as she told us about the Greenwell family.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Once a week they bake bread the old fashioned way. Stop by and help. After rolling out the bread, go get some lunch while it bakes and come back and buy some Hawaiian sweetbread.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

I love living history museums, so when we learned about the Greenwell Store, I was happy to take a look. We visited on Thursday, but we weren't able to get there in time for the Portuguese sweet bread baking activity. That would've been fun, too, to get to help prepare the bread and bake it in the oven. But, we... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Kona Historical Society had a Jeep Trip up Hualalai Volcano to Paulini Ranch (Kealapu'ai area) for its members August 24, 2013. It was INCREDIBLE ... a special place ... so much history to learn about and the most amazing part was a one-woman Living History Performance by Jackie Pualani Johnson entitled Isabella Bird. Jackie became Isabella Bird for the... More

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Top Contributor
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32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Bread making takes place on Thursday and this was most interesting and free. People were allowed to take the raised dough that was rolled into a ball (washing their hands first), flatten it and then place it in an old wood-fired stone oven for baking. This was impressive. Then we walked down a road and took another tour of the... More

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