Kailua-Kona Things to Do

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  • 1. Beaches

    Lovely smaller beach a little bit south of the center of Kailua-Kona town. Free parking! Also known as White Sands Beach, one of the few such in the Kona region. "La'aloa" mean "very sacred" - and...

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  • 2. Ali'i Drive

    Ali’i Drive is where the major shopping and restaurants are located in Kona. This long stretch of seaside street has small shopping plazas and individual stores lining both sides of the street. Just...

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  • 3. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

    We took Body Glove's Deluxe Snorkel and Dolphin Morning Adventure. The cruise is aboard Body Glove's boat, Kanoa II. The boat has 2 levels, both with shaded and unshaded areas. The bottom level had...

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  • 4. Black Sand Beach

    Since a lot of the sand on this side of the island is lava based (basalt) you will find many areas with black sand. It is a beautiful difference from the white sand that you would normally see at most...

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  • 5. Churches

    This is Hawaii's first Christian church, established on the land that King Liholiho (aka Kamehameha II) donated to the early missionaries shortly after the ruler had unambiguously overthrown the...

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  • 6. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is a must see when you are in this area. It is located 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The park service has tried to restore this refuge to the way it...

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  • 7. Volcanoes National Park

    A great place for backpacking in Hawaii is Volcano National Park and specifically the Puna Trail. If you look wilderness snorkeling I suggest looking at Halape Iki and Keauhou Landing. Keauhou Landing...

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  • 8. Waterfalls

    Diving 420 feet before crashing in a thunderous roar, Akaka Falls is surely an awesome sight to be hold. The grounds around the majestic waterfalls is covered by an impossibly lush layer of ferns....

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  • 9. Island Tours

    Although we did not do this, I have friends that have and highly recommended it. Needless to say, I chickened out due to high winds. They fly over scenery not visible by car such as active volcanoes,...

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  • 10. Dolphin Encounters

    The Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa is an interactive program led by marine mammal specialists. Participants learn & interact with the dolphins in an effort to gain an appreciation for preserving...

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  • 11. Submarine Tours

    You enter the boat Atlantis to go to the submarine a few miles offshore. Once you are in the submarine you go down to 100 feet (about 300 meters). Under water you will have a good view of the coral...

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  • 12. Sunsets

    Dinner options were kind of limited - and it wasn't as well organized as it should been, but the sunset dinner cruise on the Fair Winds II was still one of the highlights of our family's week in Kona....

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  • 13. Luaus

    This is the real Hawaiian Feast, with an enormous Buffet, which includes Kalua Pig, poi, lomi salmon, and halupia (coconut pudding). There was an open bar, and entertainment that will stir you to the...

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  • 14. Hulihe'e Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On the main beachfront avenue in Kailua-Kona, this two-story house stands as a reminder of Hawaii's royal past. It was constructed as a royal residence in the 1830s, and was used as such for most of...

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  • 15. Hilton Waikoloa Village

    *Photo of the monorail* You need to spend a day here to just walk around and admire the surroundings. Visitors are welcome. Take a nap in one of the hammocks with tiki torches lit beside you, a bite...

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  • 16. Kona Coffee

    There are a number of places to try real Kona coffee. Of course, you can buy it in coffee shops or purchase a bag to take home in the stores, but going out to where it is grown is an interesting...

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  • 17. Kahaluu Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Black sand beach comprised of fine remains from lava mixed with sand. The island's best 'easy access snorkeling spot' where you can view colourful fish and turtles. St Peter's church can be seen...

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  • 18. Hawaiian History

    If you have the slightest interest in the history and culture of Hawaii's original inhabitants, then this is a must see sight. This rock field has hundreds of petroglyphs depicting human figures and...

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  • 19. Safety Tips

    The streets at the Big Island can be really narrow. Some parts pedestrians/bikers are walking/riding next to the cars. It looks dangerous, but if you use your common sense.... These street scenes can...

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  • 20. Telescopes

    You can make a trip up on a mountain. Up here you can watch the sun going down. It can give you spectaculair views. After the sun is down, the driver explains you how the galaxy is working. Really...

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  • 21. Whale Watching Tours

    We were staying on the east cost near Hilo but most of the touristy things to do are on the west coat. That is a three hour drive. Early one morning me made the drive to the Kona coast to join Captain...

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  • 22. Hawaiian Traditions

    As you approach the Highway from the airport, you will notice fields of rock... remember, this is not 1950's picturesque Blue Hawaii. You will also notice names and other things writen in white rocks....

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  • 23. Theaters

    This classic old theater is located in the town of Kainaliu, between Kona and Captain Cook. It is worth looking into the schedule of events to see what is offered while you are in the area. This is a...

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  • 24. Macadamia Nuts

    The Big Island is known for its giant macadamia farms. There's a large one south of HIlo whose name I've forgotten. You can watch how macademia is collected, processed, and packaged. You can even...

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  • 25. Hapuna Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hapuna beach - about 1 hour north of Kailua-Kona is very easy to get to (no 4X4 at all) - turn off left just off the Queen K highway and would be a highlight on any trip to Big Island, since white...

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