Kona Historical Society farm wins Travelers’ Choice Award

  • Barry Gitelson demonstrates how coffee beans were raked when drying on the Hoshidana (drying platform) at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm tour in Captain Cook.

  • The tools used to pick coffee are seen on a self-guided tour at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photos)

  • The Kona Coffee Living History Farm has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner for Farms and History Museums, ranking first out of 23 Things To Do on Hawaii Island. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Kona Coffee Living History Farm has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner for Farms and History Museums, ranking first out of 23 Things To Do on Hawaii Island.

Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite, top 10 percent of hospitality businesses around the globe.


“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers/diners as the world begins to venture out again.”

Owned by Kona Historical Society, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a “must see” Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation.

This outdoor museum tells the story of Kona coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. It is significant for its association with the development of coffee farming in the Kona districts and for its illustration of the gradual process of acculturation of immigrants to Hawaii. It is an amazingly intact example of the structures that typify the coffee farm lifestyle and technology used from 1900-50 by coffee farmers in Kona. Local ingenuity transformed both the coffee farming process and the landscape upon which it happens.

Located at 82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, this 5.5-acre farm is currently closed to the public. However, Hawaii schools can “visit” it for free by booking a Virtual Field Trip at https://konahistorical.org/field-trips.

“We are so excited to be winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards! This award puts us in the top 10 percent of farms and history museums worldwide! Mahalo nui loa to everyone who left reviews and visited our Kona Coffee Living History Farm. We are grateful for you and look forward to welcoming everyone back to the farm,” said Public Programs Manager Audrey Blair.


Kona Historical Society is a community-based, nonprofit organization and longstanding Smithsonian 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.

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