Kona Historical Society Awarded $28,000 Grant From Hawaii Tourism Agency

Kona Historical Society has been awarded a $28,000 grant from Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to support its Hands On History program at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook. This engaging and interactive program allows visitors and residents the opportunity to experience first-hand traditional crafts, trades, practices and foodways that were common on an early 20th century Kona coffee farm.

“We are very grateful that HTA will be supporting this successful program for a second year. The grant enables Kona Historical Society to share traditional practices that, in many cases, can be experienced nowhere else,” said Gavin Miculka, Kona Historical Society Assistant Program Director and Farm Museum Manager. “With this grant, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm becomes a unique venue for shared experiences between visitors and residents that facilitates deeper connections to Kona’s rich history and culture.”

Kona Historical Society, a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Smithsonian Museum affiliate, will use the funds from the HTA Community Enrichment Program to support unique interpretive talks and hands-on living history demonstrations, each featuring one of 10 activities, hosted by staff members and volunteers. The activities are roasting coffee using traditional home methods, lauhala weaving, Japanese calligraphy, traditional medicinal gardening, sustainable vegetable gardening, Japanese pickling, mochi making, tofu making, Sashiko crafts, and Japanese floral arrangement. Hands On History will happen two times each week and be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the farm.

Kona Historical Society launched Hands On History at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in March 2016 with support from a grant from Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii County’s Research and Development Department. At the time, the program was offered only once a week and featured eight activities. The program quickly grew in popularity and now demands more days.

For four decades, the Kona Historical Society has collected, preserved and shared the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii through its educational programs, historic sites and preservation projects. Its Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a “must see” Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee museum in the nation. A self-guided experience, visitors talk story with the costumed historians while discovering the history behind Kona’s famous gourmet crop and the people who helped make the industry what it is today. The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and is located at 82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, near mile marker 110.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org. To get the latest updates regarding Kona Historical Society programs, historic sites and special events, “LIKE” Kona Historical Society on Facebook.

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