Kona Historical Society: Charlie Needs a Bestie
In an effort to find a new best friend for Charlie, the 25-year-old donkey who resides at Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook, the Kona Historical Society has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, “Charlie Needs a Bestie.”
The group hopes to raise $15,500 in funds to improve the farm’s pasture and to obtain an additional donkey to keep Charlie company.
Kona Historical Society notes on its crowdfunding page that Charlie’s presence at the farm provides a representation and the ability to tell the story of the Kona nightingales.
“Donkeys like Charlie were an important part of the Kona coffee industry on Hawai’i Island. These beasts of burden were used as transportation and for hauling coffee, as well as shared between farmers,” the page reads. “Charlie’s personality has made him perfect for demonstrating these tasks and for special school programs that expose children to coffee farm life and animals from 1920 to 1945.
In addition to farm improvements to ensure space and safety of an additional donkey, Kona Historical Society notes that the costs per year for one donkey include $980 for feed, $150 for a vet visit, $315 for farrier, and $75 for grooming items. A new donkey will also need to go through training, estimated to be about $4,000 for six months.
As of Thursday morning, the campaign has raised $1,673 by 36 donors.
Those interested in assisting in bringing Charlier a new best friend can donate via the fundraising page.