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Kealakekua in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Greenwell Store

 
 
Greenwell Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
1. Greenwell Store Marker
Inscription.
Greenwell Store
circa 1875
Has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior

Kona Heritage Store
Greenwell Store
est. ca. 1875
Kona Historical Society & Pulama


(supplementary panel)
Welcome to the Kona Historical Society's historic general store.

As you enter the broad front doors, you cross the threshold into the 1890s. Stocked with accurate reproductions of goods that filled the shelves and hung from the ceiling joists, the store offers a glimpse of activities at Kalukalu over a century ago.

In the 1870s, Henry Nicholas Greenwell built this stone store of lava rock mortared with a mixture of burnt coral, sand and water. It was the center of commerce for this mauka (inland) area, and an important commercial outpost in the isolated but growing district of Kona. Until then, stores and warehouses were located at the coastal ports.

The general merchandise store also served as the post office and meeting place. Residents and travelers of all ethnicities came to purchase and barter for food, farm equipment, household items, pharmaceuticals, and clothing. For free, they could catch up on the local gossip.
 
Erected by
Greenwell Store Marker (<i>supplementary panel; located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
2. Greenwell Store Marker (supplementary panel; located near marker)
Kona Historical Society & Pulama.
 
Location. 19° 30.628′ N, 155° 55.219′ W. Marker is in Kealakekua, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Mamalahoa Highway (Hawaii Route 11) 0.1 miles north of Konawaena School Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the historic general store building, on the Kona Historical Society Museum grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81-6551 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua HI 96750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Captain James Cook, R.N. (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Christian Service in Hawaii (approx. 2.4 miles away); Royal Center at Keauhou Bay (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Kamehameha Dynasty (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kauikeaouli and Nāhi'ena'ena (approx. 4.4 miles away); Birthplace of Kauikeaouli (approx. 4˝ miles away); Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III (approx. 4˝ miles away); Keauhou Bay (approx. 4˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Constructed by Englishman Henry Nicholas Greenwell in 1870, the store once served the immigrant community with supplies and goods needed in the remote Kona district. From his headquarters here
Greenwell Store Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
3. Greenwell Store Marker (wide view)
at the Greenwell Store, H.N. Greenwell amassed thousands of acres of ranch land where he and his sons helped to develop the Kona ranching industry of the late 19th century. His wife Elizabeth Caroline Greenwell ran the store in her husband’s absence and was joined as storekeeper by her daughter-in-law Maud Greenwell during the 1930s. The H.N. Greenwell Store is the oldest surviving store in Kona and one of the oldest buildings in Hawaii. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Greenwell Store (<i>north side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
4. Greenwell Store (north side view)
Foundation ruins near Greenwell Store building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
5. Foundation ruins near Greenwell Store building
Kona Historical Society Museum Sign (<i>enter here from Mamalahoa Highway</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2018
6. Kona Historical Society Museum Sign (enter here from Mamalahoa Highway)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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