Kona Coffee and National Historic Parks:

Kona Historical Tour

Take a journey through time and flavor as you sip your way through a Kona Coffee farm and uncover the rich cultural history of Hawai’i!

Join us for an unforgettable exploration that tantalizes the senses and leaves you with a greater appreciation for both cultural heritage and the renowned coffee of the region. Our immersive tour invites you to wander through the verdant coffee fields, where the story of Kona coffee unfolds from cultivation to the perfect cup. As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee lingers, we transition to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park, the City of Refuge, a sanctuary steeped in ancient Hawaiian history. Explore sacred temples, ancient dwellings, and the serene coastal landscape, where the past comes alive. From the rich aroma of freshly roasted beans to the echoes of the past, this tour promises an enriching blend of flavors and narratives, creating a memorable exploration of both Kona’s coffee heritage and the cultural significance that graces the national historic parks.

Tour Highlights 

Experience some of the best Kona Coffee and history on this tailored cruise ship guest tour!

  • Visit Greenwell Farms Coffee Farm: the original coffee farm that started the Kona Coffee industry back in 1850
  • Explore the hallowed grounds of Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, where ancient Hawaiians sought refuge and redemption
  • Admire the captivating frescoes at historic St. Benedict’s Church
  • Take a short walk through Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park and look for native wildlife and see other cultural significant sites (5 Hour Tour)

4 Hr Tour – $745 For up to 4 Guests

5 Hr Tour – $895 For up to 4 Guests

$65 per Additional Guests

Full Tour Details:

4-5 Hours

4-5 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start time: 9:00 AM

  • Following pickup at the Kona Cruise Ship Pier, start your Kona Historical Tour traveling along Ali’i Drive and the cobalt blue waters off the Kona Coast while your exceptional tour guide will direct your gaze to all the rich historical locations along our path. Our first stop will be at Greenwell Coffee Farm. Henry Greenwell began growing coffee in 1850 here in Kona and is still operated today by the 5th generation Tom Greenwell. Tour the lush Kona coffee fields, enjoy the scenic views of the Kona coast, and see the process it takes to go from plant to cup. Greenwell farms not only is growing Kona coffee but see other tropical fruits growing such as: mangos, papayas, pineapples, lychee, bananas, avocados, chocolate, and citrus. Sample various different roasts of their Kona coffee and you will see for yourself why it is so world renowned!
  • Next, we will venture further down the coast to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, also known as the City of Refuge. This historical sanctuary served as a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiians, where those who had violated kapu (sacred laws) could seek absolution and safety. Delve into the spiritual significance of the hallowed grounds, where intricate temples and ancient fishponds bear witness to the rich cultural tapestry of Hawaii. Explore the Great Wall that delineated the sanctuary, and ancient heiaus (Hawaiian temples) steeped in history. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau offers a serene and educational experience, allowing you to connect with the traditions and spirituality of Hawaii’s past within a breathtaking coastal setting.
  • From the City of Refuge, continue up the road to St. Benedict’s Catholic Church also known as the Painted Church. Between 1899 to 1904, Father John Velghe painted these intricate frescos using simple local materials to depict biblical scenes and Hawaiian history. Marvel at the intricate fusion of European religious artistry and indigenous cultural expressions. As you step into this historical gem, experience a journey through time, appreciating the cultural significance and artistic craftsmanship that define the Painted Church.
  • Discover the cultural and natural wonders of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Wander through ancient fishponds that reveal the ingenuity of Hawaiian aquaculture. Learn how and why the ancient Hawaiians constructed these unique primitive agricultural features. Stroll along the coastal trail with breathtaking views, look for Green Sea Turtles and migratory birds that frequent this shallow bay and coastline.(5 Hour Tour)
Pu'u Honua o Honaunau
Guests walking through coffee fields
Frescos inside St. Benedict's Catholic Church
Traditional hut at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on Kona day tours.
Kona Coffee growing on tree
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Guests walking along shoreline at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
  • Admission into all Parks and venues
  • Pickup and drop-off at the Kona Cruise Ship Pier
  • Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary provided by our top of the line tour guides
  • Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud or iCloud for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Women enjoying ocean front lunch along the picturesque Kona Coast.
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, Clif bars, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Green Sea Turtle at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
  • Patagonia rain jacket
  • Nikon ProStaff binocular
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
  • Assuming no modifications to this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 0.5 miles with some steps included.
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and we may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.

Customizing Your Tour

Upon booking your tour, one of our guides will contact you to discuss custom options we have available for your tour. Whether you’d like to spend more time star gazing, enjoy more time at our private waterfall location, or enjoy an extended guided hike, we’re here to make this experience memorable and most importantly – ALL ABOUT YOU!

Want a custom tour? Give us a call: (808) 315-9278

Ready to Book a Tour?

We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!