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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 96704-8203
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+1 808-323-3222
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 14:00
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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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Along with the manta ray dive, I think this wonderful farm was the highlight of our recent trip to the Big Island. Very informative guides show you how life was for the familiy(s... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Along with the manta ray dive, I think this wonderful farm was the highlight of our recent trip to the Big Island. Very informative guides show you how life was for the familiy(s) making a living from coffee. All of the staff are wonderful and we enjoyed an extended visit with Joel over the veggie patch. Be sure to make... More 

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

Thank you for the generous review! It's always nice to hear from other people how great our staff is because they put their heart and soul into their job. We'll share this review with Joel. More 

Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We really enjoyed this attraction. The historical interpreters were very knowledgeable and quite easy to listen to. We learned so much about the early coffee history and rural living by a Japanese family in the 20th century.

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

We're all about education so we love to see reviews where visitors told us that they learned something. Yay! Thank you! More 

Kennebunk, Maine
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

History comes alive as you walk around this farm and learn about the early 20th century coffee pioneers, the Japanese immigrants who worked and lived on the farm, the various processes of growing and processing the coffee bean, and talk to the staff who are ready to answer all your questions. It was interesting to tour the farmhouse and see... More 

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

You certainly covered all the bases! Thanks for the amazing review! :) More 

Fairfax County, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Yes, you can wander around the farm, see a few things and get back in your car on to the next place, or you can invest some time and really understand how coffee farming was done in the 1930s and 40s. The interpreters are knowledgeable and friendly. We were walked through how coffee picking and bean prep were done. We... More 

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

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We agree that the key to getting to know the real Hawaii is to slow down and look around. It seems like you "get it". :) More 

Naxos Town, Greece
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5 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Tour is just rambling around and looking at old machinery and fruit trees on your own - but we enjoyed it. The coffee was amazing.

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

Glad you enjoyed it-I hope you got a chance to visit the original 1920s farmhouse and talk to the staff. Thank you for the nice review! More 

Pacific Grove, California
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

While we had visited a contemporary coffee farm, this historic Japanese farm was an entirely different experience, unexpectedly deep and moving. The people who interpreted the various parts of the tour were warm, and their clear devotion to the history made it come alive. The simplicity of the house, particularly the kitchen, was especially meaningful to me, because we had... More 

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

We are so thankful for visitors who find time to relax, enjoy the Farm and ponder what life was like back then in Hawaii. Thank you! More 

Calgary AB
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

The passion for historical preservation is very evident in the care that all of the employees take in their work. They were so caring and kind with our very energetic 3 year old. Definitely recommend!

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

Thank you so much! We love kids on the Farm! More 

Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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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175 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
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 

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