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The sunny Kona District stretches almost two-thirds of the entire West side of the island of Hawaiʻi—from just south of ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay (Waikoloa Beach Resort) to Manukā Park (Kaʻū). 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 Huliheʻe Palace, Mokuʻaikaua Church and the Ahuʻena Heiau.
Other significant historic places include Kealakekua Bay to the south, where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778 and where he was eventually killed. South of Kealakekua Bay is Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, a well-restored Hawaiian “place of refuge.” North of Kailua-Kona is the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park, a 1160-acre park that lets you explore early heiau (temples), fishponds and petroglyphs.
Shielded from winds by Maunaloa, south Kona’s calm and clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing and spotting dolphins and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles). One of Kona’s most memorable experiences is going on a manta ray boat tour to scuba or snorkel with these gentle, graceful sea creatures. Kona is also famous for its deep-sea fishing, hosting the International Billfish Tournament (August) every year. And on land, don't forget to travel to the cooler upland slopes of town like Hōlualoa, where you can sample the distinctive flavors of 100% Kona coffee, which is what Kona is famous for!
Regions of Island of Hawaiʻi
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Visit Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau and learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.More
Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)
Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.More
Travel back to the days of the Hawaiian monarchy at Huliheʻe Palace, located right on Aliʻi Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona).More
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
Just south of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, is Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. Explore this coastal park and discover how an early Hawaiian settlement survived on the rugged Kona coast.More
More to See in Kona
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Located about 12-miles south of Historic Kailua Village, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and more.More
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Travel Pono Pledge
One’s love for the planet is an inseverable relationship. Please take the island of Hawaiʻi Pono Pledge and ask your friends and family to do the same.More