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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Address: 82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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+1 808-323-3222
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook...

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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What a learning experience ... and it was fun and interesting!

Although I've visited Hawaii many times and even some of the coffee growing areas and their "tourist" stops, I found this Farm a fantastic learning opportunity that was also fun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I've visited Hawaii many times and even some of the coffee growing areas and their "tourist" stops, I found this Farm a fantastic learning opportunity that was also fun and interesting. As a living history farm, there is a real effort to show what the Japanese owners experienced over the many decades of their farming coffee here. And bonuses... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! It's always nice to hear when people have fun AND learn something about Hawaii that is meaningful. More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done tour of the life of Japanese immigrants starting in Hawaii in the 1920s on the Kona Coast near Captain Cook. The house is well preserved, as are the gardens and coffee processing gear. The tour takes one through the house--parlour, study, sewing room, bedroom & kitchen. Amazing stories of the Ushida family, how clothes were made from... More 

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our favorite stops on the Big Island. The staff was so friendly and well informed. You learn how the people lived and how coffee was grown and processed. There are also coffee samples to try.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

One of your favorites? Wow! We'll pass it on to the interpreters. Thank you so much! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sample coffee, learn how coffee is grown and harvested. Small shop to buy local beans, candies and other local crafts.

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Thank you for the nice review! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stumbled on the Living History Farm when rain washed out our hiking plans. We were certainly lucky! We thought this would be a quick stop, and it could be depending on interest. The docents were so entertaining and insightful, however, that we ended up staying for well over an hour. Amazing to see a farmhouse in Hawaii from the... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. It's wonderful to hear when people make the kind of connection you did with the Farm and your own roots. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We chose this coffee plantation based on reviews. I have to say that it was the best experience by far for me of any of the guided places I've seen on my trip to HI which has included Kona and Hilo so far. It was really the quiet passion of the staff working there that I loved. They brought the... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Yes, our staff are passionate about their work of telling Hawaii's stories. They will be thrilled to see this review and know that what they do is appreciated. Thank you! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This farm gives you great insight into the lives of the Japanese Americans when they first came to the island, and as they bought land and became productive coffee farmers.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you! More 

Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

An historic coffee plantation worth the short time it takes to visit and sample some unique coffee at the same time. Learn all you'll ever need to know about Kona coffee.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited the living history farm during our trip to Kona. The experience was great with a number of hands-on activities. The staff (volunteers?) were very generous with their time and knowledge and really tried to give you a glimpse into the lives of the original coffee farmers on that land.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

It's nice that you were here during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. It really gives you insight into how special Kona Coffee is. Thank you for visiting the Farm! More 

Scotts Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I had no idea I would love the Kona Coffee Living History Farm so much. It was amazing. Everyone is friendly as soon as you arrive. There is this adorable donkey in a pasture next to the entrance kiosk. The old processing factory was fascinating. The house that the original Japanese family lived in was like walking back in time... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

OMG! Mahalo for the amazing review! I shared it with our staff and you made their day! More 

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