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    Town versus Resort

    by DSwede Written Jan 19, 2012

    Favorite thing: Kailua-Kona in my opinion is one of the most laid back and relaxed of the holiday destinations in Hawaii. Compared to someplace like Waikiki, it is a relative ghost town.

    There has been some development over the years and some box/warehouse stores have been built, but they are up the hill and out of the way of where 99% of the tourists will go.

    The thing about Kailua-Kona is that it is a residential area not a resort area, split demographically mainly between retirees and younger sun/surf worshippers. It does have a central tourist and shopping zone, but you can walk that in a short time. But mainly you're just coming to briefly get a dose of what people perceive as island life.

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    meier26's General Tip

    by meier26 Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: I have lived in Kailua-Kona 2 winters. The best was waking in the morning, riding to the Magic Sands or airport beach and sleeping & swimming all day, then going home & getting ready for work; going to work before 4:15 pm(or else you get rained on gauranteed!), and working at the fabulously ***'n Kona Inn Restaurant for about six hours(making usually around $150-200 in tips), and then going home to bed so I could do it all again!

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