Looking for a unique stop when visiting the Kona Coffee Farms? I was and found the H.N. Greenwell Store. With the help of costumed interpreters, I was soon shopping in the 1890’s.
This is a living history museum so everyone gets in on the act. After a short orientation, I took on the role of a Hawaiian rancher. To help in this process, I was given period garments, a shopping list, and items to trade.
Now a national landmark, the H.N. Greenwell Store was built in 1873 and restored two years ago. Greenwell was a rancher and entrepreneur. His store was one of the first in Kona mauka and is now the oldest in the area.
Once inside the historic building, I was amazed at the museum quality reproductions. The shelves were stocked like they would have been over a century ago and the scent of salted fish, coffee beans, and rawhide filled the air.
A costumed interpreter showed me around the store and helped with my purchases. She described life in the Kingdom of Hawaii and gave insight to the person I was portraying.
Once outside and back in 2008, I walked around the grounds to the smell of fresh coffee roasting next door at the Greenwell Coffee Estate.
Details: H.N. Greenwell Store is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Located on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), about 14 miles south of Kailua-Kona, between mile markers 111 and 112.