Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), Hawaii's Big Island
Name: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)
What: Seaside town in the heart of the Kona coast
- Where: 15 min south of Kona International Airport
Located just 15 minutes south of Kona International Airport, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a lively seaside town in the heart of the sunny Kona Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village and a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, Kailua Village is now a destination for affordable accommodation, great shopping, dining and learning about Hawaii’s rich culture.
Stroll down the main road of Alii Drive and you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. But look closer and you’ll also discover some very important Big Island historic places. Hulihee Palace and the Mokuaikaua Church are both located right on Alii Drive. King Kamehameha I spent his later years living near the current site of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort until his death in 1819. The Ahuena Heiau, located on the grounds of the hotel, is a reconstructed temple rebuilt by Kamehameha himself and is on the register of National Historic Landmarks. Kailua Pier is a great place to watch the sunset and is also the starting and finishing point of the Ironman World Championship (October).
Stay in Historic Kailua Village after sunset to experience the nightlife, Big Island style. Listen to live music as you stare out into tranquil Kailua Bay, enjoying delicious local food for another day of adventure on the Big Island.