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Kona Historical Society’s award-winning education programs offer excellent opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom. In a visit to the Kona Historical Society, students explore state and local history, sustainability, conservation and preservation, nutrition, health, community-based agriculture, home economics, commerce and trade, language, religion, culture and ethnicity, technology, and more. Field trips to KHS sites are an extension of the classroom where students can practice skills and content tied to math, science, reading, language arts, and social studies. School groups are welcome to participate in programs at either or both of our KHS sites. The HN Greenwell Store, Portuguese Stone Oven, and KHS administrative offices are located at 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy in Kealakekua, HI. The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is 1.5 miles south of this site at 82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy in Captain Cook, HI.
KHS-Guided Education Programs
In each of the following programs, students participate in multiple hands-on “stations” led by KHS staff who apply relevant lessons from the classroom and challenge students to think critically. Programming at these stations is customized to students’ age levels and classroom studies. Teachers are encouraged to briefly describe current lesson plans, classroom subjects, and curriculum requirements on the “Education Program Reservation Form” so that KHS staff may prepare for the visit.
The museum presents rotating special exhibits and programs. These exhibits share the rich history of Kona’s hard-working families
and community leaders through personal accounts, historic photographs, artifacts, and local art. Visit our website,
www.konahistorical.org, or speak with a program manager to learn about the exhibit or program scheduled during your visit.
Every Thursday, Kona Historical Society produces nearly 100 loaves of bread in its large, wood-fire forno. This oven illustrates the
rich history of the Portuguese community in Kona and their renowned baking traditions.
The historic farm shares the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers who shaped the industry in the early 20th century. The farm preserves a
1920s farmhouse, coffee processing mill, coffee and macadamia orchards, farm animals, and gardens. Living history staff
demonstrate and interpret the daily life of early Kona coffee farms.
|Non-School Affiliated Youth|
|HN Greenwell Store Museum||30 minutes||$4||$5||$5|
|Portuguese Stone Oven (Thursdays)||30 minutes||$4||$5||$5|
|Kona Coffee Living History Farm||1.25 hours||$8||$10||$10|
*Typical program lengths are approximations for groups of 30 students or fewer. For larger groups, additional time for each program will likely be needed. A KHS program manager will provide an estimated program length for your group size. Groups visiting the Kealakekua site on Thursdays are strongly encouraged to participate in both the HN Greenwell Store Museum and Portuguese Stone Oven programs.
Adult Fees: KHS requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Fees for teachers, school staff, and minimum required chaperones are waived. Additional chaperones pay the student fee.