The sunny Kona District stretches almost two-thirds of the entire West side of the island of Hawaii—from just south of Anaehoomalu Bay (Waikoloa Beach Resort) to Manuka Park (Kau). Along this expansive area, you’ll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks. In fact, King Kamehameha actually spent his final years in Kailua-Kona.
Home to shops, restaurants and nightlife, you can conveniently take a walking tour of Kona’s history at places like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau. Home to shops, restaurants and nightlife, you can conveniently take a walking tour of Kona’s history at places like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau.
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THINGS TO DO
The Huliheʻe Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi, on Ali’i Drive. The former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, it was converted to a museum run by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi, showcasing furniture and artifacts. For an added royal flair, enjoy Wilhemena’s Tea Time, which starts with a tour of the palace grounds and culminates with a relaxing tea time on the broad lanai, with sweeping views and a lovely tropical breeze!
Kona Brewing Co.
Kona Brewing currently has two locations on the islands open with a third on the way. Between the three, you’ll find plenty of food, beer (and more beer). It doesn’t get better than that. The brewpub opened in November 1998, and in true Aloha spirit, its creators opted to make it out of locally-sourced materials, and even built a 2,000 square-foot outdoor lanai that lets you kick back and breathe in the fresh island air. Inside the brewpub, you can spend a few hours lounging at the Koa bar with great grub and great beer. Brewery tours are available daily, and the Growler Shack is also open daily, serving beer-to-go.
Coffee Tasting & Tours
Kailua Kona lies smack in the middle of coffee country on the Big Island. This is the home of Kona coffee: a scenic, tropical and narrow region on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanoes in the north and south Kona district. Kona Coffee is world-renowned and consistently rated among the very best gourmet coffees in the world. If you are a coffee enthusiast you shouldn’t visit the Big Island without a trying out a good cup of Kona Coffee. You can do this as easily as with a well-placed order in a roadside coffee shack, a cafe, or restaurant, but you can also go on a farm tour. There are now more than 650 coffee farms of all sizes clustered along the 20 or so miles of scenic roads on the Hualalai and Mauna Loa slopes. Many of these farms offer tours to the public.