Elevation: Arts from the Coffeeland

November 4, 2017, 5:15 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:29 PM
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Kona Historical Society will unveil a new exhibit, “Elevation: Arts from the Coffeeland,” at the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, during an opening reception at 5 p.m.

The historical store will close from Friday, Oct. 27, to Thursday, Nov. 2, while the installation takes place.

Exploring the fine artistry and aesthetic beauty which emerged from work in the coffeeland of Kona, this exhibit elevates the utilitarian through the presentation of original art and objects inspired by coffee culture and heritage. Objects typically prized for their function, many which were essential for coffee work and life, are celebrated here for their exquisite craftsmanship and design elements. This diverse arrangement of works includes lauhala, calligraphy, woodcut, sculpture, sashiko, photography, textiles and more.

An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Monday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua and is open to the public. Patrons of the opening reception will not be charged admission.


“Elevation” will be on display alongside “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road” inside the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum from Friday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Jan. 18.


During the week of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, the exhibit will be on display every day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Nov. 3 to 10. After the festival, the exhibit will be on display Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month. Regular admission to this exhibit is $5.

This event has been generously supported by the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts and a donation in remembrance of Saburo and Kikue Yamato. Additional support was provided by Kona Frame Shop.

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