Preserving Kona's Stories

Farm Fest

Kona HIstorical SOciety’s

Annual Farm Fest

at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm 

Every year, the public is invited to attend this free community event at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm that shares Kona’s rich farming history. The day is full of music, food and entertainment, as well as the hands-on activities coffee roasting, sustainable gardening, ikebana and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Kona residents and visitors to experience the Kona Coffee Living History Farm’s historic buildings, and engaging programs.

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm, homesteaded by Japanese immigrants, reveals the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers in the 1925-1945 era. The coffee mill and farmhouse will be open to tours where guests can experience the domestic life of Kona’s coffee farmers. Visitors enter the kitchen where rice simmers on a traditional open-hearth stove before they remove their shoes to walk on tatami mats throughout the house. Outside, they learn to pick coffee and see how it was processed in the kuriba (mill) and dried on the hoshidana (drying platform), and explore the gardens where traditional vegetables are grown, or visit with the chickens, or Kona Nightingale Donkeys.

Throughout the grounds of the Farm, historical interpreters, cultural practitioners and volunteers will host “Hands on History” activities where guests can practice the art of lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, medicinal gardening and pan roasting coffee, among others. Kona Historical Society also displays pop-up exhibits using photographs and artifacts from their rich collections.