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.
Favorite thing: As I was wandering along the beach near my hotel, I was stepping from rock to rock, looking for fish and sea turtles to photograph. In addition to these, I noticed a crab on one of the rocks It was one of the largest crabs I had seen: about 6 inches across. I was wondering if he would stay still enough to photograph; fortunately he complied. It was a good thing I wasn't wading, or I would have been in for a surprise!
Favorite thing: I was taking a stroll along Alii Drive when I came across this rather interesting gate. Since this area definitely has a sea turtle theme, this fit right in. It turns out it belongs to a B&B, though I didn't try it because I was staying at the hotel where my symposium was being held.
Favorite thing: Golf - A golfers paradise with the best golfing of all the Hawaiian Islands (per my avid golfing co-workers). There are 18 golf courses ranging from municipal to championship with some of the best facilities in the world. At one point the Big Island was trying to lure Japanese tourists with the wonderful golf courses. Unfortunately, they were not too successful, due to the limited amount of shopping available.
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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