Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

If you are a coffee lover, you'll surely want to visit the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook. This 5.5-acre vintage coffee farm recreates the daily lives of early Japanese coffee farmers who emigrated to Kona in the late 1800s.

Presented by Kona Historical Society, the farm allows visitors to step back in time to the early days of Kona, circa 1924 to 1945, when kitchens featured wood-burning stoves and dirt floors, women sewed clothes from flour sacks and donkeys carried bags of coffee cherry across the fields. Docents dressed in period costume show guests the old-fashioned way of cooking a meal using coffee twigs as kindling. The coffee-harvesting process is also showcased, featuring tours of the coffee farm and the old roasting facility.

Between 1868 and 1924, almost 150,000 Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations. They eventually started their own family farms throughout the mauka areas of Kona, including Holualoa, Kealakekua and Honaunau. Many of today's small coffee farms are still owned and operated by younger generations of these original Japanese immigrants. The living history museum honors the old ways while helping to educate about Kona's diverse history and heritage.

While in Kona, be sure to stock up with plenty of Brazen Hazen coffee to give to friends and family. Visit our website for more information.

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