Kona Historical Society auction ready to roll

Complete your holiday shopping and make a big difference for a 501(c)3 nonprofit sharing Kona’s stories. Kona Historical Society is auctioning off more than 200 fun and unique items to bid on, including historic photographs, art, unique experiences, land and water activities, autographed items by celebrities and sports stars, golf, dining, accommodations, jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

The Society’s annual Online Auction plays a significant role in providing critical funding and support for its daily functioning and education programs. It also helps aid in the protection and stewardship of the Society’s unique collections and two historic sites. It is the largest fundraiser of the year for Kona Historical Society, which hopes to raise $50,000. This year’s event theme is Hoʻokahi ka ʻilau like ana, “Wield the paddles together.”

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“During the pandemic, our work has not stopped. Kona Historical Society constantly responds and adapts to the challenges of life’s ocean, bravely venturing beyond the familiar shores of everything we thought we knew, needed, and believed we could do. Holding steadfast to our obligation of telling the stories of those who made our lives and community possible, we have chartered new courses,” said Community Engagement Manager Carolyn Lucas-Zenk. “We’ve transformed our historic sites from spaces of looking and learning to online spaces of interaction, participation and engagement. We are sustained by the knowledge that these stories of Kona and Hawaii we preserve and share are important to so many. People worldwide have kept us steady in our new direction by joining us for virtual field trips, educational programs, and special online projects. Yet, a swell of uncertainty is there, and we need as many people as we can get in our canoe to help propel us forward. Like the canoes that met the tall ships to barter goods for essential food, water, wood, and salt, you can provide a lifeline and sustenance for our nonprofit by participating in this Online Auction.”

All the items in this auction will be sold online. There is no live event so if you win the online bidding you win the item! The auction will run through Dec. 13 at biddingforgood.com/konahistoricalHI

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This event is generously sponsored by Joan and Craig Woods, Foresight Engineering & Design LLC, Hawaiian Gardens, LUVA Real Estate, Joey Ann Marshall Design, Hummel Construction, Meredith and Eugene Clapp, and in memory of Nancy Piianaia, Richard T. Denison, and Maria and Elliott Chernin.

“We are humbled and moved by all those who’ve sponsored this event and donated the incredible items, especially during these challenging times. We could not do this event without their generosity and commitment to our mission,” Lucas-Zenk said. “When you support Kona Historical Society through this Online Auction, you are helping make inspiration and discovery happen. You ensure the stories of today and the past are preserved and accessible for generations to come. Mahalo in advance for viewing, bidding and sharing this fundraiser.”

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