About the Kona Historical Society
The Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization and Smithsonian Affiliate that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally.
The society maintains two historic sites and the Jean Greenwell Archives, which includes one of the largest photographic collections in Hawaii Island: over 140 maps; many rare and out-of-print books; historical records including manuscripts, pamphlets and oral history interviews; and films and videotapes of Kona.
The Society provides living history programs and exhibits at its historic sites, the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, where costumed interpreters interact with visitors as they learn about Kona’s history through hands-on activities. Other programs include Portuguese stone oven baking, off-road jeep trips, Hanohano `o Kona Lecture Series, and other special programs of historical and cultural interest.
Board Of Directors
William “Buddy” Norwood
Shane Akoni Nelsen