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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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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. Or you may stroll through the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the 1920's. It is America’s only living history coffee farm where you may “talk story” with costumed historians and discover the history behind Kona’s gourmet crop. 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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Portuguese Bread on Thursdays

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
truffles808
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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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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82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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San Juan Bautista, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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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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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 414 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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Vancouver, Canada
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45 reviews
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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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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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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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129 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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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 

Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

I can't believe this is not a stop on everyone's visit to the Big Island. Everything they are doing there is really fantastic. The Executive Director is a gem - so knowledgeable and personable. I was very impressed with the attention to detail and the breadth of history they are preserving and making available to the public. I had no... More 

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

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're hoping everyone will make our place a stop on their visit to the Big Island. :) More 

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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

The Kona historical society is a really neat place to go. They have an old store on site that's was the Greenwell General Store built in the 1800's. Unfortunately you can't go inside to see it unless you pay 7 bucks to do the tour. There's also a working coffee plantation there and a very old cemetery just down the... More 

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konahistorical, Guest Relations Manager at Kona Historical Society, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear about your experience. Apple Banana Butter + KHS Portuguese Sweet Bread = YUM! More 

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