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H.N.Greenwell Store Museum

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Address: 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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. 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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A Cool Place Made Better By Volunteers Who Keep History Alive

The museum is small and easy to pass on the road, but they do some really neat things here. We specifically went to learn how to bake Portuguese sweet bread in a forno, which is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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181 reviews 181 reviews
40 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The museum is small and easy to pass on the road, but they do some really neat things here. We specifically went to learn how to bake Portuguese sweet bread in a forno, which is a large stone oven similar to a Mexican orno, but made from lava rock. They bake this bread every Thursday from 10AM-1 PM and if... More 

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konahistorical, Guest Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

We agree, the Portuguese Stone Oven is a unique experience. We're happy your family had a chance to enjoy it! More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It was only the 2 of us on this particular tour and our guide "Ann" was amazing. Her knowledge of the Greenwell family dating back to pre-gold rush days was nearly limitless. She spent close to ½ hr. telling us about the family and how Mr. Greenwell first came to the Big Island and ended up owning 1000's of acres... More 

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konahistorical, Guest Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! We're glad you had a fun and interesting experience. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

You felt like you went back in time. I had no idea how very interesting this would be. The ladies told wonderful stories about the times and history of the Greenwells and their store. We thoughly enjoyed the experience.Everyone should stop and enjoy this little bit of Hawaiian history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I really enjoyed this quaint little historic shop, the owner was rightfully proud and full of information. I loved the selection of hand made crafts made locally, bought a beautiful woven bracelet here, saw many of them around the island but these were the most well crafted. Definitely rent a car when you are in Kona to be able to... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is well worth a visit. Located on a scenic roadway above the hustle and bustle below. Very nice owners who go the extra mile to make your visit memorable. Nice place to grab a simple lunch and enjoy on the back lanai.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Greenwell Store was a real treat for those of us who like history. The docent in the store was dressed in period costume and told us so much about what it was like back when Kona was first getting settled. We went on a Thursday when they also made breat at the Portuguese oven there - another fun thing... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Kona coffee was one of the things I was most excited about for this trip. I went to Mountain Coffee and Royal Kona Coffee just down the road. The prices at Greenwell were a lot better. I must say based upon the samples I had though that the coffee itself might have been better at Royal Kona though. The tour... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was a great plantation, the staff(family) friendly and helpful. The plantation was clean with beautiful views. The products sold were delicious and at a great price. Would recommend this out of all the coffee plantations, the coffee is delicious.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The General Store museum tour could have been quite cool. However, at 7 dollars a person, it seemed that there should have been more to the Tour than going through a "shopping list" with a volunteer. It would have been cool for a little kid on a school trip, but I didn't think it was worth the time or money.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good place to stop to buy kona COFFEE ...Large Farm ...small store. Always buy some kona coffee and tanks

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