A coastal view of Kailua Kona
Photo by: Calbear22, Creative Commons
Kailua Kona, Hawaii is found on Hawaii’s Big Island. It is also called the Historic Kailua Village. It is just a 15-minute drive south from the Kona International Airport.
This was once a small, sleepy fishing village but it is now a lively seaside town just in the heart of the Kona Coast. If you want to experience excellent yet affordable accommodations, a wonderful shopping and dining experience while you learn about Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage then Kailua Kona is the perfect getaway!
As you walk along Alii Drive, you will be amazed at how many unique shops and restaurants you will pass by. Even two of the most important historic spots of the Big Island are located along this main road – Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church.
Hawaiian Kingdom’s popular royal, King Kamehameha I lived until he died in the area where the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel now stands. A distinct landmark, the Ahuena Helau is situated within the hotel grounds. This historic landmark was rebuilt by the King himself is now included in the list of the National Historic Landmarks.
Another well known landmark, the Kailua Pier is the perfect place to catch the spectacular sunset. It has now become popular for being the starting and finishing point of the Ironman World Championship.
If you want to try something different and adventurous, why not go to the Mauna Kea Summit. This is the highest mountain in the world if it is measured from the sea floor. There is an Observatory that will give you the chance to see stars and other heavenly bodies that is if the weather permits! Once you reach the peak, you will surely enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire island, experience a great sunset, and there are a lot of wonderful pictures to take.
There are actually a lot of other wonderful attractions in Kailua Kona. You check on them online so you can plan for your next trip. Have fun!