Kailua-Kona Off The Beaten Path

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  • Fern and Ohia tree forrest near the top.
    Fern and Ohia tree forrest near the top.
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  • 1. Beaches / Bays

    Panaluu black sand beach. It's pretty far south, but on the way to the Volcanoe National Park. Although we didn't snorkel there, I understand the snorkeling is very good there. Plus it's suppose to be...

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  • 2. Ka Lae, Ka'u

    visit the boat docks at south point. Also on the way towards the volcano. I don't believe the hoists are used anymore. The water was an unbelieveable blue color here! We even saw snorkelers here....

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  • 3. Mark Twain / Captain Cook

    Mark Twain's Monkey Pod Tree If you have taken the trouble to fly thousands of miles and rent a car to reach this district of the Big Island of Hawaii then you might as well slow down to take a look...

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  • 4. Waterfalls

    On the windward, i.e. north eastern side of the Big Island, there are Akaka/Kahuna Falls. Not many people find the way to this beautiful spot with its well-paved paths through a tropical paradise....

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  • 5. Watersports

    Kayak through a historical sugar plantation on a guided cultural wilderness adventure - fun for the whole family! On hot summer days on the old plantations, the most daring kids would grab an...

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  • 6. Churches / Altars

    The Painted Church At St. Benedict's Painted Church you may find no one on duty and have the wonderful church all to yourself. The inside is colorfully painted and has many murals of biblical or...

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  • 7. Kona trail

    Travelling north from the sanctuary, you´ll go through 'coffee country' where the famous Kona coffee grows on the hills. The coffee farms invite visitors to come in. Whoever designed this logo...

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  • 8. Volcanoes National Park

    Volcano Winery. 96 miles from Kailua-Kona and 1 mile from Volcano National Park. Free Wine tasting. They even offer a wine made with honey instead of grapes.......very different. Well worth the detour...

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  • 9. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

    On the west coast, south of Kona, there is the 'City of Refuge' or Puuhonua O Honaunau, an ancient refuge for those who had broken tabus. Getting here was dangerous, but then again, getting caught...

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  • 10. Island Tour / Exploration

    Want to know how to get up near the top of Hualalai (the volcano mountain above Kona)? Take Palani Road out of town (east). It winds a bit, and then straightens out. About a mile after the road gets...

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  • 11. Waipio Valley, a hiking primer

    Last night, a friend informed that there was "another" Waipio thread on a forum that I once frequented. Having lived through a number of Waipio battles, I...

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  • 12. Holualoa Ukulele Gallery

    Don't expect a huge museum, but the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery is a fun little one-room exhibit of ukuleles, located in the hills above Kona in a little "village"...

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  • 13. Pu-ukohola heiau National Historic Site / Kohala

    Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is located right off to the side of the infamous Outrigger Hotel. It is a National Register historic site that preserves...

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