The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua is closing its doors June 17 for a couple of weeks as the Kona Historical Society prepares for a special exhibit.”Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys: Our Way of Life” will open to the public July 12 and run through July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. This Kona Historical Society exhibit is part two of a culmination project that shares Kona’s fascinating, largely hidden history of cowboys and ranching. The exhibit will feature homestead life, families and tools, giving an intimate look into the people, traditions and ties that remain vital and strong in Kona, now more than two centuries after cattle and horses first landed here.

Admission to this three-week-long ranching exhibit is by donation. The Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona Districts and their larger context in the history of Hawaii.

The Kona Historical Society is grateful for the generous Grant-in-Aid funding from the State of Hawaii for this project and for the support from this exhibit’s sponsors ChoiceMART, Palani Ranch, as well as Robby Hind, Jimmy Greenwell, McCandless Ranch and West Hawaii Today.

While “Kona Ranching & Kona Cowboys: Our Way of Life” is being prepped and offered, the regular exhibit, offered Mondays and Tuesdays, and the living history program on Thursdays in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are temporarily discontinued. The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum will reopen with its regular programming on August 8.For more information about this upcoming exhibit or closure, call Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222 or email khs@konahistorical.org. To learn more about Kona Historical Society, visit www.konahistorical.org.