Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Captain Cook: Hours, Address, Kona Coffee Living History Farm Reviews: 5/5

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook is a "must see" Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this Smithsonian-affiliated, outdoor museum that tells the story of Kona's Japanese immigrants that became Kona's coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. A self-guided experience, you're free to walk among the coffee trees, meet a "Kona Nightingale", or watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Visit the original 1920's farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer's lunch. "Talk story" along the way with living history interpreters and discover the story behind Kona's gourmet crop.
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phillips401
Seattle, WA8 contributions
Beautiful setting and an outstanding experience
Apr 2021 • Family
Guided tour with Berry was really great. Very informative in a fun filled way. Beautiful grounds and toss in the visit with the donkeys and you have the makings of a great time.
Written April 9, 2021
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Caroline S
Kirkland, WA45 contributions
Low key self-serve farm tour with knowledgeable guides
Feb 2020
We arrived at the farm on a sunny hot day. Cold and hot Kona coffee greeted us. There was lots of shade to cool off under. Prices are average for such an experience: $15 per adult and kids (students) were $5 each. It was interesting the learn the history of the Kona region through the lens of a Japanese immigrant farmer and his family. Lots of information about coffee here too for afficionados! You will tour a farm house from the 1930s and learn about family life from a Japanese tour guide. We especially loved watching the coffee roasting demo.

Don't go hungry though, because there are no snacks available, other than the free oranges picked fresh from the farm, yum! But head further south and you can find plenty of coffee and snack shops.
Written February 19, 2020
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Mahalo for your review of our Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Caroline! We're glad you enjoyed taking a step back in time.
Written February 21, 2020
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Kelly G
Half Moon Bay, CA48 contributions
Fascinating cooking/kitchen history & demonstrations
Feb 2020 • Family
A well-preserved little slice of history. If you enjoy history, this is a delightful stop, well worth the time. Clearly run by dedicated volunteers, it’s very well kept. Not large, easy to walk the full loop of house, outbuildings and garden in less than an hour. The interior of the home is scrupulously maintained to the 1930’s, with tatami mats on the floors (remove your shoes to tour the house) and cotton rice sacks sewn together to line the metal roofing material on the inside. A docent was demonstrating the process of roasting coffee beans in a cast iron pan outside under a shade tree, and my daughter and I both got a chance to taste a medium roast and darker roast bean. However, the part I found the most interesting was the kitchen inside, where a docent was demonstrating how the women of the household, mother and grandmother, churned out 30 to 40 rice balls for lunches before school in the morning and for the farmer’s lunch, using an open hearth, rice pot, and cast iron pan. There’s a home-made wooden tofu press, manual wall-mounted coffee grinder, and a 1930s kerosene three-burner oven that looks temperamental and dangerous, but apparently grandma cooked with it regularly through 1994. I also enjoyed the impeccably preserved traditional wood-fried bath house, with copper-bottomed wooden soaking tub. Lots to think about for history junkies, and probably easy and fun with littles, as there is a large lawn area, chickens, donkeys, and a looping path through the garden. My tween daughter was thoroughly unimpressed, but there were some older teenagers there who were clearly enjoying the kitchen docent’s demonstrations, so your mileage with older kids may vary.
Written February 17, 2020
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Rich
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Such awesome history here and without the hefty price.
Jan 2020
We came here in April 2019 and loved it so much we had to take the kiddos and mom with us while we were here this January. So cool.
Written January 17, 2020
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Jane D
Madison, WI144 contributions
Fascinating history of coffee farm in Hawaii
Feb 2019
We picked this coffee farm to visit and were so glad we did. This is a historical farm and really gives one a sense of what life was like in the 1920s. First we were given a talk on the farm aspect and then went in the house to hear about what life was like for the family. Don't miss this!
Written January 11, 2020
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K A
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Awesome for young and old!
Dec 2019
Everywhere we travel, we visit museums: this one was one of the best we've ever been to! Such a wonderful place and beautifully kept up. The volunteers were superb in guiding us through the history of this Japanese pioneer family - from the "housewife", to the coffee roaster and then the farmer and his magic tricks.
Thanks to all for working to keep this museum going. We will be back!
Written January 9, 2020
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,343 contributions
Caffeine Hit
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great place to sample all the various blends of coffee and it was very informative and enjoyable. A place where you can spend time and learn about the coffee industry. Lovely - think I will be up all night. He he
Written January 8, 2020
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S R
1 contribution
Unexpected treasure!
Jan 2020
Coming to the end of our vacation in Hawaii, we wanted to do something different than go to the beach again (don’t get me wrong, the beaches are awesome). I (Dad) had suggested going to a coffee farm, and with a bit of searching, came up with this place. So, we wandered down the road for a visit. It was fantastic. The docents (I’m not sure if that’s really the right word to use here) were so knowledgeable, and the stories they told were fantastic. We really hope someone records all those stories for the future! The farm itself was fantastic, and gave new insights into some of the history of Hawai’i and of the Japanese immigrants who lived and worked there.

My spouse and I have both been to Hawai’i before, and have both done coffee farm tours elsewhere, but by and large they’ve been showing how modern coffee growing is done and are ready to just push you along to the gift shop where you can (of course) buy their coffee. But this place was completely different — interesting, educational, and fun. Loved it. And, importantly, my 8-year old loved it too!

We spent about 2 hours there, and were all really happy that we did!
Written January 3, 2020
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Stephanie D
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Beautiful farm with fascinating history
Jan 2020 • Couples
We are very glad we stopped to see the farm. The staff were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. There is so much interesting history on the property. They also told us to feel free to pick oranges from their trees to take home!
Written January 2, 2020
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Forever-World
Philadelphia, PA2 contributions
Great Coffee Museum
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a wonderful little museum, pay a visit before new year, they have a yearly mochi pounding. The Japanese lady at the farm house is so nice and very informative, she has great knowledge of Japanese lifestyle and about the farm house. Overall a very pleasant visit with some coffee tasting. Would recommend taking some time to visit. (The entry fee is not high and they do have student discount)
Written December 30, 2019
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