First planted in 1828 by missionary Samuel Ruggles, Kona coffee has achieved international renown. Known for its smooth, rich flavor, it’s now grown on about 600 farms, ranging from less than an acre to 40 acres in size. Most of the farms lie between the cool 800- and 2,500-foot elevations of Mauna Loa volcano, and are family owned and operated.
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is on land first homesteaded in 1900. It provides a glimpse of what daily life was like for its original owner, Japanese immigrant Daisaku Uchida, and his family, circa 1925 to 1945. The Kona Historical Society now owns and oversees the 5½-acre farm, which welcomes visitors for self-guided tours four days a week.