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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 #12 of 20 Attractions in Kealakekua
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Step back in time to an authentic living history experience where historical sites present you with...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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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English first
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169 reviews 169 reviews
77 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
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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Eureka, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
61 helpful votes 61 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
76 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 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
2 reviews
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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