Lovers of a good cup of joe can mix their coffee appreciation with a taste of the past when they step back in time at the charming Kona Coffee Living History Farm. The historic homestead beautifully preserves the story and daily lives of the Japanese immigrants who pioneered the coffee industry of Hawaii during the early 1900s.
As you wander through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, rustic farmhouse and coffee-processing mill, you’ll discover that not much has changed over the farm’s century-long history. Making the most of the island’s rich volcanic soil, coffee is still cultivated, harvested and roasted on the farm using traditional methods. Visitors can enjoy a sample brew while touring the farm, and coffee enthusiasts can take home a bag of authentic Kona coffee beans from the farm’s kiosk.
Taking a guided tour of the 5.5-acre farm will greatly enhance the visitor experience, as knowledgeable costumed interpreters bring to life the daily activities of this traditional coffee farm, which was founded by the Japanese Uchida family in 1913. The Uchida family occupied the farm right up until 1994 when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its excellent preservation of early 1900s coffee farming on the island. The farm also provides a fascinating window into Hawaii’s rich multicultural history.
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is open to the public Monday through to Friday and is situated in the picturesque Kona District of Hawaii’s Big Island, on Mamalahoa Highway between mile markers 110 and 111. Nearby is the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden where visitors can get acquainted with more than 200 species of endemic, indigenous and Polynesian plants of Hawaii.