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Address: 81-6551 Mamalohoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
Phone Number: 808-323-3222
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Description: Step back in time to an authentic living history experience where...
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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Portuguese sweetbread!!

The Kona historical society is a really neat place to go. They have an old store on site that's was the Greenwell General Store built in the 1800's. Unfortunately you can't go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Kona historical society is a really neat place to go. They have an old store on site that's was the Greenwell General Store built in the 1800's. Unfortunately you can't go inside to see it unless you pay 7 bucks to do the tour. There's also a working coffee plantation there and a very old cemetery just down the... More 

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konahistorical, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear about your experience. Apple Banana Butter + KHS Portuguese Sweet Bread = YUM! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I highly recommend taking in the Thursday bread making event regardless of your age. My husband and I went to learn about bread in a wood fired oven (we have one in the back yard) and we learned a ton. The bakers were outstanding telling us about the bread but also about the history of Portuguese coming to Hawaii. We... More 

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konahistorical, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

We're so glad you had a great time! You'll have to share pictures of your own wood fired oven on our Facebook page. More 

Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We are regular visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, so this was right up our alley. Having a docent who is a storyteller, really knows the history and is delighted to share it with you is like having one of those gifted teachers who make you fall in love with the subject. We completely enjoyed our visit, having planned ahead this time... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

We totally agree with you! It's the story AND the storyteller that makes the magic. We couldn't do it without our amazing staff. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words. More 

Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a museum, where we would have payed to enter, look around and read place cards... as in a usual museum. Here, you are met with an interpreter and you sit and discuss the story of the Greenwells. Much more interesting than reading signs. WARNING: We asked for the senior rate, she did not want to give it to... More 

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Kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Like previous reviewers, my wife and I dropped in to view this museum having had the coffee tour next door. The museum is open from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. As we arrived, the guide provided an engaging contextual presentation about the History of the Greenwell store and its residents. We were then invited to play... More 

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Andover, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Recently visited the Kona Historical Society while vacationing on the Big Island for a few weeks. Took the Greenwell Coffee Farm tour followed by the very informative tour of Mr. and Mrs. Greenwell's store. Annie, our interpreter, was dressed in period clothing which really helped to give you more of a feel for the time period. Not only that, but... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Went here today, December 23, 2014 for a special holiday baking of their fresh Portuguese bread. The bread and cinnamon rolls were amazing. You even get to watch them make it. We got there early to watch it happen. When we left we overheard the management being angry that the super nice bakers sold us a loaf of each instead... More 

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konahistorical, General Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your candid comment. You were absolutely right: that bread day did not work well and the responsibility falls to the management. Please accept my sincere apologies. The bakers *did* do a stellar job and were juggling the actual bake as well as addressing guest confusion about where to buy the bread (we had advertised bread would be... More 

Eureka, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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