Kona Coffee Exhibit Open First Saturday of June

The award-winning exhibit, “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road,” which was featured at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, as well as in museums world-wide, will be on display for the public at the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua on Saturday, June 3 from 10am to 2pm.

Kona Historical Society Board Member Alfreida Fujita enjoying photos from “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road” during the exhibit’s Opening Reception earlier this year.

The exhibit will be closed earlier in the week for Kona Historical Society’s preservation-project planning. If you can’t join us Saturday, please join us the following week on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, June 5, 6 and 8, from 10am to 2pm during the exhibit’s regular hours of operation.

Regular admission is $5, but it’s free to students, military and Kona Historical Society members. To become a member, visit store.konahistorical.org.

With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee. The exhibit includes rare family portraits, scenes from the coffee land during the early 20th century, and a miniature model of a hoshidana, a traditional coffee mill. For this special exhibition of “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawaii Belt Road,” Kona Historical Society has incorporated never-before-seen photos and artifacts from the organization’s collections and archives.

A product of extensive community collaboration led by the Kona Japanese Civic Association, Kona Historical Society and the Japanese American National Museum, the Society’s renewal of this world-traveled exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to be inspired by stories of Kona’s coffee pioneers and learn more about the deep roots of Kona’s coffee heritage and culture.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii. 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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