Preserving Kona's Stories

Kona Nightingale Program

Kona Nightingale Program

Two Kona Nightingales, Charlie Boy, right, and Shizu, left, at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, August, 2019.

Two Kona Nightingales, Charlie Boy, right, and Shizu, left, at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, August, 2019.

Coffee farming was and is labor-intensive and would have been near-impossible without donkeys in the early years of Kona’s coffee industry. Kona Historical Society has shared this story through the donkeys who have been a part of the KHS `ohana for many years. These donkeys captured the hearts of many who visited the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook, which is the only living history coffee farm museum in the United States. Today, our donkey Shizu helps to tell the story of the Kona Nightingales, donkeys that were shared between farmers, used as transportation, hauling coffee, and were famous for their braying.