Where Pacific Ocean waters collide with volcanic tide pools and white sand beaches, the village of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii puts tourism-oriented The shops and authentic local colours blend perfectly, and there is an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife in all directions.
On the leeward side of the Big Island, Kona is a conscientious traveler’s paradise that combines picturesque snorkeling beaches and souvenir shops while Without forgetting the history and cultural traditions of Hawaii, this makes the island more than just an upscale vacation destination.
While Kona doesn’t have the rainforest of Hilo across the island, the landscape is still wonderfully diverse, a combination of dense hillsides and desolate A combination of dried up lava flows. There are plenty of fruit stands and world-famous highland coffee farms along the road in and out of town, but Hawaiian food shines brightest in the village.
Umeke’s (75-143 Hualalai Rd, Ste. 104) can be described as a The best poke bowl in the village, their “boat-to-bowl” approach allows diners to enjoy fresh Big Island fish with a hot choice! and sweet dressings. Delicious side dishes like seaweed salad and lomi salmon, and plenty of seasoning-soaked seafood. Paired with locally brewed kombucha or homemade lemonade from their beverage fridge, such a bowl of lunch is very satisfying.
Delicious food, friendly staff and a lively Tiki-style atmosphere make Splasher’s Grill ( (75-5663 Palani Rd) is more than just a standard seaside restaurant. For breakfast, they serve daily-caught seafood omelets or pancakes topped with fresh tropical fruit, but for dinner time specials. The seared fish and grilled chicken, for example, shouldn’t be missed either.
This quintessential Hawaiian restaurant is run by a mother-daughter team.Kaaloa’s Super J’s (83- 5409 Mamalahoa Hwy) is a roadside cabin with unpretentious décor and a flavorful island Specialties like Pork Lau Lau – pork marinated for 8 to 10 hours and wrapped in taro leaves. The plates here are delicious for lunch, served with a homemade macaroni salad and white rice, and better yet, seasonal baked goods like those made with Kulolo sweetbreads baked with taro and coconut.
Coarse shaved ice served at ice cream stands and county fairs across the continent with One Aloha Shave The Ice Co (75-5626 Kuakini Hwy, Ste 7) offers fluffy ice and Slightly sweet tropical syrups simply can’t compare. Their organic approach makes a real difference in flavor, as natural island flavors like white pineapple and guava meld with the texture of the ice cubes. Don’t forget to top the ice with some coconut milk and a bit of tart Li Hing Mui powder.
It’s hard to think of a better beachside bar and grill than On the Rocks (75-5824). Kahakai Rd) is even more idyllic. As night falls, live ukulele music and understanding performers beckon guests to dance barefoot on the sandy makeshift dance floor. The menu includes a burger made with grass-fed island beef, as well as sharable flavors of mango, guava and Lilikoi (passion fruit). Cocktails.
Kona Brewing Company (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy) is America’s finest and most beautifully designed craft The company behind the beer, it’s a surprisingly family-friendly restaurant, but even something like the Kahlua Pork and Turkey Wings A favorite at Island Mix Bar, the biggest draw here is the beer itself. Seasonal and staple varieties are available on tap or in bottles with a complimentary bottle opener. Keeping an eye out for the menu’s recommended food and beer pairings is the real treat.
As the name implies, Sam’s Hideaway (75-5729 Ali’i Dr) is the Kailua A haven on the main drag with true Hawaiian color and divey charm that attracts locals and tourists alike. The cold beer and strong but sweet cocktails are inexpensive, and the regulars are almost as approachable as the hard-serving bartenders. Warm hospitality.
My Bar (74-5606 Luhia St) always has something going on, and most events attract those who People who just want to forget their troubles and dance with a cheap drink in hand. This gay-friendly nightclub plays a reliable variety of dance music, but given that this is Hawaii, the vibe is still laid-back! and friendly, for those who would rather sit at the bar and chat with new potential friends.
The Pueo Boutique (75-5695 Ali’i Dr) is named after a native Hawaiian bird named, the bird is often revered as a family protector, and a portion of their brand’s sales will go toward protecting the pueo’s habitat and the Other island natives. You can find a variety of beach home goods and local designer clothing in the store, but be on the lookout for Pueo’s own shirts, bags, and Scarves and jewelry, all emblazoned with their striking owl image.
Soap is soap, you might say, before you hear about the Kona Natural Soap Company ( 75-6129 Ali’i Dr) before using all natural ingredients such as palm kernel oil, kukui nuts oils, Hawaiian rainwater and natural essential oil scents. The enthusiastic owners and staff at the shop are generally willing to share all of this information and more about their handcrafted coffee and cocoa! Scented bath products, or the local coffee beans they sell next to them.
Kona Stories (78-6831 Ali’i Dr) has over 100,000 copies. Books of all types. While guests browse the impressive collection of Hawaiian and children’s books or the smaller range of handmade gifts and cards, the cat will be in the aisle of the Travel up and accompany them. This monthly event allows guests to enjoy complimentary wine and snacks before an open discussion with the latest local or travel writer.
You can easily wade through the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (74-4968 Queen Ka’ ahumanu Hwy #14) in shallow waters that are surprisingly tranquil, but be careful not to offend those who may be working with you! Enjoy the tranquility of the beach together with the green turtles. This wildlife sanctuary also contains the ruins and petroglyphs of ancient Hawaiians who once fished here centuries ago.
Magic Sands Beach Park (77-648277 Ali’i) Drive) is a lively beach that looks like it was plucked from a postcard, and it’s often packed with surfboarders! of people and barbecue chefs, all enjoying the collision of the incredibly blue water with the steep white sand. On the rocky shoreline south of the small park, the crowds are thinning out, but there are still plenty of crabs running between the tide pools for protection.
Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay Access Rd) is located to the north of the village, although the Far from being unnoticed, it provides a more discreet alternative for those who find Magic Sands Beach overcrowded The beach, though, is equally stunning. Palm trees surround a stretch of white sand and crystal clear waves, interrupted only by the occasional rocky outcropping. The rocks at either end of the shoreline also offer quality snorkeling in the summer months.
World’s End (79-7386 Keauhou Kainaliu Beach Rd) is a Perfectly descriptive name for a coastline as dramatic as the one a few miles south of the village center. There are no beaches, just jagged volcanic cliffs that one can wobble over to get a better view of the crashing waves Labyrinthine walls, and it’s all thanks to volcanic activity. It’s easy to make a quick stop here, but you can also relax and enjoy a full day of diving and sitting on sculpted rocks.