Hands On History Activities in April

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Herb gardening during ‘Hands on History’ at Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

Kona Historical Society hosts its “Hands on History” event every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook.

Hands On History is an opportunity for people to learn and practice activities that were central to daily life during the early Kona coffee days of the 1920s and 1940s. Visitors can coffee roasting, medicinal herb gardening, Japanese calligraphy, Japanese pickling, lauhala weaving, mochi making and tofu making.

The April program schedule for Hands On History is as follows:

  • Wed., April 5 – Balanced Bento: Pickling as a Mainstay of the Japanese Table
  • Friday, April 7 – Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home
  • Wed., April 12 – Fresh Off the Press: Making Tofu in the Family Kitchen
  • Friday, April 14 – Backyard Groceries: Sustainability in the Kitchen Garden
  • Wed., April 19 – Homegrown Remedies: Kona’s Traditions of Medicinal Gardening
  • Friday, April 21 – Art & Language: Learning Japanese with Calligraphy
  • Wed., April 26 – Weaving Tools & Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm
  • Friday, April 28 – Beans in the Skillet: Coffee Roasting at Home

The program intends to continue and preserve these cultural traditions born of the early coffee industry and its pioneers in Kona.

“Hands On History provides a unique opportunity for visitors and residents alike to learn and practice traditional activities that were important to the daily lives of our Kona ancestors,” said Gavin Miculka, Kona Historical Society assistant program director and Kona Coffee Living History Farm museum manager.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at (808) 323-3222 or visit


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