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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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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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Nice Tour

Interesting free tour, free taste of coffee. Limited but unique souvenirs. Beautiful locale. Nice restrooms.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting free tour, free taste of coffee. Limited but unique souvenirs. Beautiful locale. Nice restrooms.

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FORT MYERS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting display of memorabilia offering a glimpse into what life looked like during the time. Great coffee!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The docent was magnificent. She was very knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed sharing her knowledge. You learn not the history of the Greenwells but what it was like to live in the area. The day I was there they were making Portugese bread on the lawn out back. You could help need and shape the loaves if you got there early... More 

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

Ahhh, you've discovered "Thursday is bread day!". And we will be sure to share this review with Ann, the Store's interpreter. It'll make her day. :) More 

New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

The old-style store museum was a fun, brief stop that was very enjoyable. Certainly not a major destination but it was fun for the homeschooled kid in our party to connect the items on display with things she had read about Hawaii history and Laura Ingalls Wilder style books.

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

We hope on your next visit you'll be able to come back and visit the new "Kona Museum" gallery we will be building soon that will have photo and artifact exhibits about Hawaii's history. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a great time visiting this museum/house. The hostess was really knowledgable and was interested in answering our questions or just telling us about the house. She was super friendly too. We highly recommend this spot for a quick stop for really interesting history. Kids would be fine as most of the things they can't touch... More 

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

We love to hear when people have "so much fun"! Thank you! More 

Mill Creek, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Interesting story for those who love history. Great for school age kids. Interesting story and nice docents that bring history to life. A quick visit to add to your itinerary.

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

What a nice review! You really summed it up. :) More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

I enjoyed the store museum which is near the coffee farms including Greenwell Coffee as I recall. Its located up the mountain at about 1100 feet up. Worth a visit while checking out that part of the island, so a nice drive.

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

Thank you for your kind review. More 

Waimea, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Interesting but not a must-see museum. The coffee farm tour and sampling table are much more informative--and tasty.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Very interesting, completely stocked with old items, or good reproductions. Knowledgeable staff to answer all questions. Interactive, a shopping list of an actual is provided for you to find the items. The building itself is intriguing, made from the lava.

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

Thank you for the nice review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

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, Kamela (our intern/volunteer for the H.N Greenwell Store Museum) does a super job. We're very proud of her! More 

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