Kona Coffee History Exhibit Opens Every First Saturday

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Kona Historical Society Board Member Alfreida Fujita views photos from “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai‘i Belt Road” during the exhibit’s opening reception in early 2017. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

Kona Historical Societyʻs (KHS) award-winning exhibit, “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai‘i Belt Road,” will be open and on display for the public at the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua every first Saturday of the month between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next open date is June 3.

Due to KHSʻs preservation-project planning, the exhibit will be closed earlier in the week. The exhibit will also open during its regular hours of operation on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, June 5, 6 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kona Coffee Story exhibit has been featured at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and in museums throughout the world. It preserves and relates the story of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders during the highs and lows of the emerging industry in Kona from 1828. Personal accounts, historical photos and artifacts recount the compelling story of living the life of a coffee farmer, including rare family portraits and scenes from the land during the early 20t century. KHS has incorporated never-before-seen photos and artifacts into the Kona exhibition.


General admission is $5. Students, military and KHS members get in free. To become a member of KHS, visit

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


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