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Address: 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750-8133
Phone Number:
+1 808-323-3222
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10:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Kona Historical Society is the non-profit organization that oversees the...

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.

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Help Make Bread on Thursdays

Stopped by to buy some Portuguese Sweetbread during our first week and found out that anyone can stop by to help make bread. Came back the next week and helped roll bread. As an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Kathryn M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped by to buy some Portuguese Sweetbread during our first week and found out that anyone can stop by to help make bread. Came back the next week and helped roll bread. As an avid home baker, this was so much fun, and it was very cool to make the bread following traditional methods. If you want to help out,... More 

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Thank Kathryn M
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

I'm so glad you got a chance to help out at the Portuguese Stone Oven! It's what many visitors have told us is a "hidden gem". More 

Mission Viejo, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

An excellent way to support history, tradition and the beauty of Kona. From Jeep rides up Mauna Loa to tours of old coffee farms to lectures on preservation, the list goes on! Join in the fun!

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Thank beckymello
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Yes, exactly! Join in the FUN! Thank you for the nice review. More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We didn't have time to visit for too long, but we did manage to pick up some fresh Portuguese sweet bread on the way to the airport. The fresh bread was delicious. Other types of bread include white and whole wheat. They shared that they may have special types of bread for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Thank truffles808
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

You got to experience the tastiest part of Kona Historical Society! More 

Kealakekua, Hawaii
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84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Visited a Kona Historical Society and took a trip back in time. During the early days, when everyone's lives revolved around Kona Coffee. Learn how they lived, and how Kona coffee was harvested. Very educational, but very hot. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring water.

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Thank Mitchhawaii
San Juan Bautista, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Thursday, just in time for Portuguese Bread! Modern tour at Greenwell, but Kona Living History Farm was told best by Kame Okano! Rain didn't stop any of the docents or our experience and May is a quiet month. Felt like a personal tour!

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Thank alwayshiking
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Isn't it fun when you get the "personal tour"? Thanks for the great review! More 

Mill Creek, Washington
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

There are actually 3 experiences within the two Kona Historical Society locations: The Kona Living History Farm is the only living history coffee farm in the United States. One gets to experience what it was like for Kona's coffee farming pioneers. The time period is 1926-1945. You can walk among the coffee plants, stroll through a Japanese farming family's home,... More 

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Thank B H
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 stars. You in-depth review was awesome! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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446 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

The museum was a busy place the day we visited. On Thursdays they bake Portuguese bread in the big stone oven. A couple bus loads of children had been helping to make bread rolls. They had to leave before the bread dough had finished rising or any baking had begun. It is an all day process and the world moves... More 

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Thank Davis K
Vancouver, Canada
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45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

A wonderful old building full of interesting photos and artifacts covering the late 19th/early 20th C. history of the area.

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Thank John F
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

We also feel that the H.N. Greenwell Store is an amazing piece of Kona's history. We're honored to be able to share it with everyone. Thank you so much for your great review! More 

Port Angeles, Washington
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Great fun for the whole family. Portuguese Stone Oven was a great experience! The kids made three different kinds of rolls!

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Thank FabAlwardFam4
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

So glad you and your kids had a fun time! Feel free to post pics to our Facebook page. They're always fun to see. More 

Newnan, Georgia
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136 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We stopped and purchased some Portuguese sweetbread on the side of the road and the seller told us to come help next week. We did. They do it every Thurs in the Portuguese traditional manner. All the volunteers like us just need to show up to shape the bread. They have already gotten up and done all the hard work.... More 

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Thank Kim B
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

We're thrilled you had such a great time. We love how the Portuguese Stone Oven brings people together. More 

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