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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-323-3222
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Mon - Tue 10:00 - 14:00
Thu 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A costumed interpreter will greet you as you enter this award-winning,...

A costumed interpreter will greet you as you enter this award-winning, Smithsonian affiliated, living history program centered around the historic H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Experience a part of the daily life of some of the multi-ethnic ranchers and coffee farmers in the Hawaiian Kingdom back as it was in the 1890s. The museum is open Tuesday as an exhibit and Monday & Thursday for living history, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. so be sure to plan your visit here for one of these days. You will be glad you did! On Thursdays, visitors and locals alike, line up to buy the sweet bread coming out of the Portuguese stone oven.Come join us! You won't leave this place without feeling you have experienced a rare glimpse into Hawaii's colorful past.

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Living history lesson

Great stop to take the family. Educational & fun for all! Take a few minutes and stop by. Very friendly & welcoming atmosphere.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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Oklahoma
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Oklahoma
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Great stop to take the family. Educational & fun for all! Take a few minutes and stop by. Very friendly & welcoming atmosphere.

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Thank 927jesse
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

Aww, thank you! We're always trying to add new activities to engage even the youngsters. More 

Chumphon, Thailand
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48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This place is a cool little museum that lets you see how the settlers lived while they were starting to work the island. it's a little place so it doesn't take much time out of your trip. Worth the stop.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Small, but unusual museum with many interesting exhibits. All about the Greenwell family and farm. Volunteer who knew the history of the farm and the area. Ann made our visit even better. Free, donation asked. We certainly wanted to donate to let them know how much we enjoyed the museum. It has funky days and hours. Check it out before... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review! More 

Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Interesting free tour, free taste of coffee. Limited but unique souvenirs. Beautiful locale. Nice restrooms.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The docent was magnificent. She was very knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed sharing her knowledge. You learn not the history of the Greenwells but what it was like to live in the area. The day I was there they were making Portugese bread on the lawn out back. You could help need and shape the loaves if you got there early... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

Ahhh, you've discovered "Thursday is bread day!". And we will be sure to share this review with Ann, the Store's interpreter. It'll make her day. :) More 

New Mexico
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79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The old-style store museum was a fun, brief stop that was very enjoyable. Certainly not a major destination but it was fun for the homeschooled kid in our party to connect the items on display with things she had read about Hawaii history and Laura Ingalls Wilder style books.

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Thank Kate C
konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

We hope on your next visit you'll be able to come back and visit the new "Kona Museum" gallery we will be building soon that will have photo and artifact exhibits about Hawaii's history. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a great time visiting this museum/house. The hostess was really knowledgable and was interested in answering our questions or just telling us about the house. She was super friendly too. We highly recommend this spot for a quick stop for really interesting history. Kids would be fine as most of the things they can't touch... More 

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

We love to hear when people have "so much fun"! Thank you! More 

Mill Creek, Washington
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Interesting story for those who love history. Great for school age kids. Interesting story and nice docents that bring history to life. A quick visit to add to your itinerary.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

What a nice review! You really summed it up. :) More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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140 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

I enjoyed the store museum which is near the coffee farms including Greenwell Coffee as I recall. Its located up the mountain at about 1100 feet up. Worth a visit while checking out that part of the island, so a nice drive.

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konahistorical, Public Relations Manager at H.N.Greenwell Store Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. More 

Waimea, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

Interesting but not a must-see museum. The coffee farm tour and sampling table are much more informative--and tasty.

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