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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
+1 808-323-3222
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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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82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8203
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+1 808-323-3222
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"coffee beans"
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"japanese family"
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"kona coffee"
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"japanese immigrants"
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"daily life"
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"learn how"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My fiancee and I stopped in here on a whim and ended up spending over two hours walking around the farm. Everyone there was super friendly and passionate about the history of not only their farm, but the entire coffee industry of Hawaii. We also...More

Thank raphrosa90
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really makes you appreciate how much work goes into every cup of coffee! If you love that black drink, you'll love this farm!

Thank tmzak
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly folks - and knowledgeable! Recreation of a home was great. I had never seen coffee beans before

Thank annetteshel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The coffee farm is run by a local historical society that clearly has its act together. The orientation on arrival is informative, and there's lots of coffee to taste. The docents clearly and carefully, with great attention to detail, explain what life was like for...More

Thank TheBlitz
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was absolutely worth the time. The farm is great and the docents were very informative and made it a great day!!

Thank Janet K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kona coffee enjoys a worldwide reputation as some of the finest coffee available. Though not a coffee drinker myself I though that this would be a great opportunity to learn more about coffee as well as the local history. We started off with a special...More

1  Thank Bob D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the working museum/farm and it was great stop. No modern coffee processing equipment here, just the way it has been done for 100 years. Outbuildings have been preserved, Beautiful grounds with Coffee, Banana trees, pineapple plants and flowers. Tour guides were informative and genuine...More

Thank Jake_MA_11
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop as part of the Big Island your and it was a great one. They offer free sampling of the various flavors of their coffee without any hassle. You can taste as much as you like. Their gift shop also has...More

Thank Avik C
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

All the reviews about this place are correct, don’t miss it’s so interesting. Admission was $15/adult and there was a limited amount of parking on the grounds. As you walk in on the brick wall look for the bowl of whole Mac nuts and a...More

Thank aussietraveller59
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

When in Kona you must visit this unique living history museum, a working coffee farm now run by the local historical society. We heard from the volunteer farmer & housekeeper, learning about the labor intensive process of growing & harvesting Kona coffee & running the...More

Thank olysupermom
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sedge88
June 23, 2018|
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Response from Avik C | Reviewed this property |
Nope no ticket necessary. Walk in and enjoy Surprisingly their gift shop has cheap merchandise and my daughter got a Hawaiian dress from there
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judy1827
January 19, 2017|
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Response from konahistorical | Property representative |
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is on Highway 11 (also known as Mamalahoa Hwy) between milemarkers 110 and 111. Hope that helps!
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Dawn H
February 8, 2016|
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Response from RiverCajun | Reviewed this property |
Can be fun. Involves a bit of walking and if the sun is out on a day the trades aren't blowing a bit, can be very warm. Moves at a good pace and there are things kids can do along the way. If the 7 year old gets bored... More
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