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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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We stopped here and got the Portuguese sweet bread and then checked out the store. The volunteer was really nice and willing to answer questions. My girls played store and got to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We stopped here and got the Portuguese sweet bread and then checked out the store. The volunteer was really nice and willing to answer questions. My girls played store and got to image what it would have been like.

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

It's great your girls got to have fun at the programs. We agree, Carmela (our intern/volunteer for the H.N Greenwell Store Museum) does a super job. We're very proud of her! More 

Perry, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

entertaining and educational we were present for portugese sweet bread demo in a stone oven Had a tour of coffee farm was given umbrellas for both shade or rain the weather was unusually hot

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

It's great you got to see our Portuguese Stone Oven in action and visit our neighbors, Greenwell Coffee Farms. It sounds like you had a good time! :) More 

Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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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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