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Kona Historical Society
Ranked #12 of 18 things to do in Kealakekua
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Kona Historical Society is the non-profit organization that oversees the award-winning H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Come visit these living history experiences where you'll be immersed in a vivid and unforgettable story of Hawaii's colorful past. KHS also provides free lectures, community and members-only events, as well as jeep trips and other fun activities.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 7, 2013

I love living history museums, so when we learned about the Greenwell Store, I was happy to take a look. We visited on Thursday, but we weren't able to get there in time for the Portuguese sweet bread baking activity. That would've been fun, too, to get to help prepare the bread and bake it in the oven. But, we were there at the right time to purchase the bread that came out of the oven. A table was set up in front of the Greenwell store around 1 pm, so, even before checking out the store, we wanted to make sure we got our bread. This isn't a review about the bread, but I just have to say that if you get a chance, buy the bread. It's only $7, and it's delicious. Normally, I'm not much of a bread person, but, I tried this bread and really liked it. I wish we had bought at least another bag. I had to be polite and save some for the husband, but, if left unattended, I would have finished it all. It's good. When we arrived at the Greenwell store, we were greeted by a very nice lady who gave us background on the person and family whose store we were visiting. It was very engagingly presented, and then we were taken into the store where we had the chance to "shop" for items that various people might have been looking for during the time the store was in operation. On our tour, we were shopping for a goat farmer and his family. The concept is a neat one that encourages visitor interaction. Another nice thing is you can take as many pictures as you want. It's a fun place, and the volunteers there do a great job. Admission is $7. I recommend a visit to the Greenwell store, and especially on Thursday -- you must try the bread!

Thank aloha056
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Kona Historical Society had a Jeep Trip up Hualalai Volcano to Paulini Ranch (Kealapu'ai area) for its members August 24, 2013. It was INCREDIBLE ... a special place ... so much history to learn about and the most amazing part was a one-woman Living History Performance by Jackie Pualani Johnson entitled Isabella Bird. Jackie became Isabella Bird for the hour presentation and we were all transported back to the 1800s when Isabella came to Kona and Kealapu'ai. It, indeed, gave everyone "chicken skin" as promised. Thanks to the Kona Historical Society and all the Greenwells for making this happen. We will be sure to keep our membership and watch for the next Jeep Trip.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Bread making takes place on Thursday and this was most interesting and free. People were allowed to take the raised dough that was rolled into a ball (washing their hands first), flatten it and then place it in an old wood-fired stone oven for baking. This was impressive. Then we walked down a road and took another tour of the coffee processing plant at the Greewell Coffee Co. (free). There were coffee trees in the area with coffee beans on them which I had never seen before. The coffee beans can be stored and roasted subsequently. Wonderful smell of the roasted beans. Next door was the old Greenwell homestead (ruins now) and the Greenwell General store. We had a great orientation of the settling by Caucasians to the area (began in 1799) with Captain Cook then rapidly expanded in 1820 with the coming of Christian missionaries. Greenwell came in 1850 and amassed land, children (10) and money or barter. He owned the store, was postmaster (good opportunity to get people to the store), customs agent, etc. Descendants are still in Kona, some very active in local business affairs. There is fee to visit the General Store (contribution) but you have an opportunity to see what was available and for what price many years ago. Across the street is the still active Christ Episcopal Church established in the 1850's which was the home church of the Greenwells, many of whom were buried in the cemetery in front of the church. There was a language immersion school for 2-4 year olds next door and a beautiful fellowship hall/community center behind the church.

1  Thank KUFBH
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Guided tours of the Hulihe'e Place by The Daughters of Hawai'i. This is a wonderful and easy way to learn the fantastic history of Hawai'i.

Thank Hedgemoor
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Visited April 11, 2013, 10:30 am

Keep in mind, that the Kona Historical Society has two physical locations 1) Kona Coffee Living History Farm and 2) Greenwell Farm Museum location. The location of the Stone Oven, where they cook the Portuguese Sweet Bread is the Greenwell Farm location.

Every Thursday from about 11:00 am, the volunteers as well as visitors begin rolling the dough into round balls and placed into pans. The first batch of bread usually goes into the oven around Noon, and the first batch of hot bread is ready by about 12:30 pm.

Tip: Do not wait in the parking lot tent for the bread to come up to the roadside, go down into the pasture, a short five-minute walk and buy the bread there. Bread sells for $7.00 a pan for White, Wheat or Sweet Bread.

With Greenwell Coffee Farms right next door, lay-out a towel in the pasture and enjoy the peace and tranquility with Hot Bread and Coffee. My recommendation is waiting for the Sweet Bread. That is usually the last batch of pans that go into the oven.

2  Thank SGerard_S84
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