Award-Winning History Exhibit Opens March 27

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KHS Board Member Alfreida Fujita gets a sneak peak at the KHS exhibit on March 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

Kona Historical Society (KHS) will open the award-winning exhibit “The Kona coffee Story: Along the Hawaiʻi Belt Road,” on Monday, March 27 at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

This journey back in time  to 20th century coffee farm life features never-before-seen photos and artifacts from the organization’s collection and archives. They have travelled to museums worldwide. 

This Kona Coffee Story will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 and free to students of all ages, KHS members and active and retired military persons with identification.


The coffee industry emerged in Kona in 1828, and like any other industry, it experienced its highs and lows. Personal written accounts in the exhibit reveal the voices of hard working farmers and community leaders. Black and white photos preserve family portraits and images of the industry farm lands, in addition to a miniature model of a coffee mill.

KHS hosted a special preview of the exhibit to a limited audience on Thursday, March 23, featuring refreshed content. Attendees included descendants of Kona’s coffee industry pioneers who shared their memories of life on the farm, reflected in the exhibit’s photos, artifacts and written accounts.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of 2017.


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