Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate, with the only permanent National Endowment for the Humanities exhibits in Hawaii.
Kona Historical Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.
Over the past three decades, Kona Historical Society has provided public space, free or deeply discounted school and other educational programs and lectures throughout the year, access to unique and significant Hawaii collections and artifacts, stewardship and financial care of two State and Nationally registered historic sites and structures, and more than 10 acres of State Legacy Land reserves.
Every year, Kona Historical Society serves thousands of people through its work, which gives a clear-eyed view of what Hawaii’s rich, complex and multiethnic community truly looks like and is.
Kona Historical Society has garnered dozens of awards and commendations for its museums, historic structures and public programs.