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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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Address: 82-6199 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hwy 11, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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+1 808-323-3222
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook...

Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook is a "must see" Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this Smithsonian-affiliated, outdoor museum that tells the story of Kona's Japanese immigrants that became Kona's coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. A self-guided experience, you're free to walk among the coffee trees, meet a "Kona Nightingale", or watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Visit the original 1920's farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer's lunch. "Talk story" along the way with living history interpreters and discover the story behind Kona's gourmet crop.

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Stopped in out of curiosity, and ended up visiting on "learn how to make traditional pickles" day -- which I did, and have tried making at home already, thank you! Interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in out of curiosity, and ended up visiting on "learn how to make traditional pickles" day -- which I did, and have tried making at home already, thank you! Interesting little historic farm with enthusiastic volunteers that share all sorts of stories and information. Apparently they run programs like making pickles or baking bread so it bears repeated visits... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

"Unexpected" (in a good way) is always fun! We're glad you were pleasantly surprised. :) More 

sacramento
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we decided to stop here. The two docents were very knowledgeable and really gave us a glimpse of how life was for the people that had lived there. One of the guides even knew grandchildren that had lived there.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Our staff are our best asset. They receive training in the history of the area as part of their work but it's their life experiences that make them such a treasure. Thank you for the nice review. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Although I've visited Hawaii many times and even some of the coffee growing areas and their "tourist" stops, I found this Farm a fantastic learning opportunity that was also fun and interesting. As a living history farm, there is a real effort to show what the Japanese owners experienced over the many decades of their farming coffee here. And bonuses... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! It's always nice to hear when people have fun AND learn something about Hawaii that is meaningful. More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Very well done tour of the life of Japanese immigrants starting in Hawaii in the 1920s on the Kona Coast near Captain Cook. The house is well preserved, as are the gardens and coffee processing gear. The tour takes one through the house--parlour, study, sewing room, bedroom & kitchen. Amazing stories of the Ushida family, how clothes were made from... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

It's nice to see when a visitor gets a deeper understanding of Hawaii and its history. Glad we could facilitate that. Thank you for the kind review. More 

Amherst, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This was one of our favorite stops on the Big Island. The staff was so friendly and well informed. You learn how the people lived and how coffee was grown and processed. There are also coffee samples to try.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

One of your favorites? Wow! We'll pass it on to the interpreters. Thank you so much! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Sample coffee, learn how coffee is grown and harvested. Small shop to buy local beans, candies and other local crafts.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We stumbled on the Living History Farm when rain washed out our hiking plans. We were certainly lucky! We thought this would be a quick stop, and it could be depending on interest. The docents were so entertaining and insightful, however, that we ended up staying for well over an hour. Amazing to see a farmhouse in Hawaii from the... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. It's wonderful to hear when people make the kind of connection you did with the Farm and your own roots. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We chose this coffee plantation based on reviews. I have to say that it was the best experience by far for me of any of the guided places I've seen on my trip to HI which has included Kona and Hilo so far. It was really the quiet passion of the staff working there that I loved. They brought the... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Yes, our staff are passionate about their work of telling Hawaii's stories. They will be thrilled to see this review and know that what they do is appreciated. Thank you! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This farm gives you great insight into the lives of the Japanese Americans when they first came to the island, and as they bought land and became productive coffee farmers.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you! More 

Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

An historic coffee plantation worth the short time it takes to visit and sample some unique coffee at the same time. Learn all you'll ever need to know about Kona coffee.

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Thank you for the nice review! More 

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