Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Experience the sun-soaked charm of Kailua-Kona, Big Island’s bustling seaside town. Delve into Hawaiian history, savor world-famous Kona coffee, and explore vibrant waterfront locales.

Kailua-Kona is a Town located in the city of Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Kailua-Kona, often referred to simply as Kona, is a bustling seaside town on the western coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. Known for its sunny weather, historical sites, and beautiful beaches, Kailua-Kona is a must-see destination for visitors to the Big Island.
  • Highlights: Kailua-Kona’s picturesque waterfront, lined with charming shops, restaurants, and art galleries, offers a lively atmosphere. The town is also renowned for its world-famous Kona coffee, which is grown in the surrounding region and can be sampled at local cafes.
  • Activities: Visitors can enjoy snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of Kailua Bay, take a guided tour of a Kona coffee farm, or explore the historic Hulihe’e Palace and Mokuaikaua Church.
  • Information: Kailua-Kona is accessible year-round, with most attractions open daily. While there are no entrance fees for the town itself, some attractions like Hulihe’e Palace may have admission fees. The best time to visit Kailua-Kona is during the dry season, which runs from April to October.
  • History & Significance: Kailua-Kona was once the seat of power for the Hawaiian Kingdom and served as the residence of King Kamehameha I. Today, it remains an important cultural and historical center, with numerous sites showcasing the rich heritage of the Hawaiian people.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Kailua-Kona, consider renting a car or scooter to explore the surrounding areas, including the beautiful beaches and coffee farms. Don’t forget to try the famous Kona coffee and local delicacies like poke and shave ice during your visit. Lastly, for a memorable experience, book a sunset cruise or manta ray snorkel tour in Kailua Bay.

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