Free Lecture to Explore Kona’s Coffee Industry History

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Coffee farmer’s children seated on steps, circa 1955. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

Kona Historical Society will present the history of Kona coffee and the pioneers who shaped it as part of its free monthly Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

KHS Curator Mina Elison and Assistant Program Director Gavin Miculka will share stories and photos that tell the rich history of coffee growing in West Hawai‘i. Elison will provide the context behind old photographs telling the story of the journey of many coffee farmers from sugar plantations to family-operated farming, and how their traditions shaped life in Kona. Miculka will present historical knowledge of coffee farming and the family lives of farmers during the early 20th century.

The lecture will be followed by presentations from community members directly involved in Kona’s coffee history, including descendants of some of the pioneers, modern day farmers and leaders in the prevailing industry.


KHS hosts the Hanohano `O Kona Lecture Series every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center in Kona. Presenters include local and state speakers sharing knowledge on a wide variety of cultural and historical topics. Free of charge, it is open to residents and visitors alike.

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


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