What was wrong with some friendly poking of ER while I answered your question. I would think you know that Kona's were much more of an influence in the UK than they were in the US. Like NORCO's, they were something you would see on the roof's of Canadian cars occasionally heading down to Washington to ride our trails. They didn't hit the radar hard around here (PacNw USA) until the mid late 90's from what I remember and then they were heavily associated with the new Free Ride Scene. At the time, my buddy saw their new cool and took in their line at his shop. As a result, I owned three of their bikes.
My 97 Ku built up to sell:
My 98 KingKikapu snapped in half:
And my 01 Stinky Primo that I recently sold to a friend:
All three of these bikes were fun to ride. All three of these bikes were high end in the Kona line up for their consecutive years. The Stinky and the King Kikapu were mass produced in Asia. The Ku was hand made in the USA but with time my passion has leaned more towards steel bikes and away from aluminum, so I sold it to someone who appreciated it and used the money to put into a WTB Phoenix project.
I think Mombat has some awesome bikes that I would love to collect and ride and also a few that I appreciate but wouldn't care to have in my own collection. I have no idea why they have no Kona's, possibly because the opportunity hasn't come their way yet.
Also, VRC is not my bike forum of choice.
Seek: Cunningham, Koski Trailmaster, Breezer Series II or III, Early Ibis Custom.