Step into the past by visiting Hawaii's ONLY working Rice Mill, where you'll learn about the state's agricultural and cultural history. While there, you can also view endangered native water birds and explore the cultivation and uses of taro—a traditional Polynesian food source. The mill is open to visitors year-round, and you'll get a chance to participate in interactive displays that tell the story of Hawaii's rice culture. The Rice Mill also has a gift shop with unique souvenirs like jewelry, books and handmade crafts. In addition to its historical significance, the Rice Mill offers educational programs for children and adults alike, giving visitors a chance to learn more about Hawaii's culture and agricultural heritage.
After your visit, take a step back in time with a tour of the Kona Historical Society Museum, which focuses on preserving and interpreting the history of the surrounding area. Here, you can explore exhibits on Kona Coffee, ancient Hawaiian artifacts and the city's role in World War II. The museum also offers educational programs for kids, including activities like puppet shows, art classes and storytelling sessions. Additionally, adults can participate in cultural lectures and workshops to gain a better understanding of Hawaiian history.
Hanale Drive, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778, United States