The Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally.
The society maintains two historic sites and the Jean Greenwell Archives, which boasts the largest photograph collection on the Big Island; over 140 maps; many rare and out-of-print books; historical records including manuscripts, pamphlets and oral history interviews; and films and videotapes of Kona.
It also provides two living history programs, the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Kona Coffee Living History Farm where costumed interpreters interact with visitors as they learn about Kona’s history through hands on activities. Other programs include off-road tours, lectures, living history programs, and historic preservation.