Kona at a Glance
It is the birthplace of the world-famous Kona coffee, a former summer retreat for Hawaiian royalty, a place to swim with manta rays and is where Captain James Cook first landed. The Kona district is an expansive 60mile area stretching from the Kona International Airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay. Warm weather, sunny skies, soft sandy beaches, calm waters and lush rainforests welcome you here.
Not to be missed You’ll find everything from coffee mills to historic estates in the Kona district, including these top attractions:
- Hulihee Palace: Built in 1838, Hulihee Palace was once the summer vacation home of Hawaiian Royalty. Today it is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani.
- Historical Kailua Village: This once sleepy fishing village is now a lively seaside town bursting with scrumptious restaurants, charming shops, affordable accommodations and numerous historical sights.
- Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park: This is an important historical landmark, as Kealakekua Bay is where the first westerner, Captain James Cook, landed on Hawaii Island. It is also a Marine Life Conservation District ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.
- Manta Ray Night Dives: In the resort area of Keauhou vacationers can head out after dark to dive alongside the gentle and graceful manta rays as they feed on microscopic plankton.
- Holualoa: At the heart of Kona coffee country. See Uniquely Kona for more information.
Uniquely Kona There is nothing more unique about Kona than its celebrated java! Kona Coffee is known around the world for its rich flavor, intoxicating aroma and expensive price tag. At the base of the dormant Hualalai Volcano, the village of Holualoa can be found. It is the heart of Kona coffee country and a thriving art enclave. Visit one of the over 600 coffee mills (most give tours to the public) to learn about the growing and roasting process, before sampling a cup brewed right at the source. And make sure to leave plenty of space in your luggage to take home a pound, or two, or three!
Good to know about Kona Don’t overlook the Practical Details when visiting one of Southern California’s most visited beach destinations:
- Climate: Sunny and warm, the average summer temperature high is 29.4°C and the average winter temperature high is 25.6°C.
- City Transportation: The district of Kona is best explored via car. At the Kona International Airport rentals can be arranged through Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
- Accommodation: Sprawling large-chain resorts to charming, independent inns, the Kona district has it all. See Kona hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: Local eateries serving farm fresh ingredients, traditional luau’s and top-notch resort dining are all available in the Kona district.
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