Why you Should Visit Historic Kona, Hawaii


Kona, Hawaii enjoys upwards of 300 days of sunshine every year and features coffee plantations, fascinating historic sites, perfect snorkeling waters, funky little towns and world-famous resorts. The attractions below are just a few reasons you need to plan a visit to historic Kona, Hawaii.

Manini’ owali Beach

This beach is gorgeous to say the least! With it’s turquoise waters, lovely sand and amazing rocks on the side of the beach, it’s hard to imagine a nicer place to catch some rays. Speaking of rays, if you want to snorkel amongst the life under water, the best place to snorkel is near the rocks. However, make sure you wear a life vest as the waves get pretty rough.

Luaus Here are as Authentic as you Can Get

This is the real Hawaiian Feast, with an enormous buffet, which includes Kalua Pig, poi, lomi salmon, and halupia (coconut pudding). There is usually an open bar and entertainment that is guaranteed to excite you and get you moving.

Waterfalls, Kailua-Kona

Imagine diving 420 feet before crashing in a thunderous roar. Okay, you don’t have to if you don’t want to, but Akaka Falls is surely an awesome sight to behold. The grounds around the majestic falls are covered by a lush layer of ferns and you can take a trail from these falls to the nearby Hanuman Falls. Along the way you’ll enjoy sites such as tropical plants, hanging vines, bamboo groves and wild orchids.

Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona

Ali’i Drive is where the major shopping and restaurants are located in Kona. This long road is dotted with shopping plazas and individual stores lining both sides of the street. Just about any type of item can be found here! There are nice outdoor restaurants and restaurants that have large patios with a nice view of the sea as well. Ali’i Drive is not just for shopping and eating though. Along the road are several historic sites such as the Hulihe’e Palace and Mokuaikaua Church that are worth exploring and on one side of the street is the Sea Wall which provides a nice sitting area for taking in the views, watching the fisherman or enjoying the sea life.


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