If you would like to explore the easternmost point of Hawaii, continue on the dirt road portion of Highway 132 in Puna for approximately two miles. Built in 1934 this is not a picturesque lighthouse. The 125-foot steal beacon is a reminder of the fickle nature of Pele and her lava flows. One night in 1960 the town of Kapoho was completely smothered in a lava flow. As if by design, the flow split and encircled the beacon, sparing it from destruction.
The Kona Historical Society Museum is actually housed in the H.N. Greenwell Store, a restored general store originally built in 1875 to serve the needs of the Euro-American residents living in Kona at the time.
Inside, costumed guides will show you recreated merchandise from the time period. There are also plenty of historical panels which illustrate what life was like in decades past in Kona.
Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. they have sweet bread-baking demonstrations using the recreated Portuguese bread oven in the lower pasture behind the store. A variety of other tours are also offered at various times including a walking tour of Kailua, a coffee farm tour, ukelele classes and historical performances.
Admission to the Greenwell Store is $7 for adults, $3 for children, and children under 5 are free. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located on Highway 11 south of Kailua-Kona, between Mile Markers #112 and 111. The store is on the right side of the road.