Preserving Kona's Stories
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Kalukalu

Future home of the Kona Museum Gallery

Kalukalu

Open HOurs:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 2pm

Admission:

Adult: $7 Hawaii Resident: $5 Student (7 years to 17 years): $4 Child (under 7 years): Free KHS Member: Free

Dual Site Pass:

Adult: $20 Hawaii Resident: $13.50 Student (7 years to 17 years): $8

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The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, the Portuguese Stone Oven, the Kalukalu Pasture and our administrative offices are all located on a 3 acre site in the ahupuaʻa ili known as Kalukalu, in the city of Kealakekua. Kalukalu was purchased by Henry Nicholas Greenwell in 1850, which was at the time full of native forest and farmland stretching from the coast to the foothills of Mauna Loa. ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi was the predominant language spoken in the area, and agriculture throughout the ahupuaʻa consisted of sweet potatoes, dry land taro and breadfruit.

By the end of the 19th century, Kalukalu became the headquarters of Kona’s largest cattle and sheep ranch. The homestead was surrounded by cattle pens, a blacksmith shop, a saddle house, and carriage houses. As a bustling hub of commerce, H.N. Greenwell worked with vendors, farmers, purveyors and customers from the many different cultural groups moving to Kona to make their way. Chinese cooks, Hawaiian sheep-herders, Portuguese launderers, and others did business in the general store and shared their languages, foods and values.

Today, in this ahupuaʻa you will find along with the Store Museum, the Oven and the Pasture, the ruins of the main dwelling house where Elizabeth Caroline and Henry Nicholas Greenwell lived with their 10 children. The two-story wooden structure was torn down in the 1960’s. You’ll also see an iron cauldron, originally used by whalers to render blubber, that H.N. Greenwell used to render tallow from the carcasses of wild cattle. It is now planted with beautiful water lilies. Activities and hours vary from day to day. Check out the programs and activities below, and our events calendar, for more information.