Stroll through historic villages or embrace the feeling of sun-kissed black and white sand dissolve between your toes. The district of Kona, Hawaii is 60 miles of pure delight nestled on the Big Island (Hawaii Island), the largest of the Hawaii islands. Its atmosphere is infused by the thick aromas of the profound Kona coffee and Hawaiian-fare cuisine, grown from the veins of its volcanic terrain. Kona is a charming destination where the past and the turquoise ocean will gently guide you into the fascinations of this Hawaiian beauty.
Stretched along the western coast of the Hawaii Island, Kona is one of Hawaii’s most desirable locations. The district captures the essence of Hawaiian flair with cultural attractions vibrantly displayed in its picturesque villages. Come roam through the small trails of Kailua to explore the history of Hulihee Palace or mosey down to the pier to feel the glow of the sunset shine brilliantly behind the ocean.
The aromatic coffee beans harvested in Holualoa village bring lovers of the strong beverage to its mill and plantations. The village is also home to the legendary Mount Hualalai, a majestic dormant volcano. Swimmers will get a big splash diving into the scintillating waters of Keauhou, where manta rays and green sea turtles come out to play. The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park and Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park transport their guests to a world decorated with fishponds and sacred temples.
Shopping in the region is a must, especially in the shops of Kailua and Keauhou’s shopping center. From Hawaiian chocolates and coffee to handmade knickknacks and fashions, there is a souvenir fit for the bill. The nightlife of Kona involves much more than drinking cocktails and dancing. Once the sun has set, the region awakens to the bright lights reflected from the diamond-filled sky which attracts a multitude of gazers. Hula performances as well as festival celebrations also echo their cultural clamor throughout Kona’s landscape.
Feast your senses on authentic Hawaiian cuisine blended with a melting pot of flavors. Hawaii’s Asian and Polynesian roots are well- preserved in traditional specialties raised from farm to table like roasted pork, beef and lamb as well as fish cooked in the rich flavors of fruits and vegetables grown from Hawaii’s volcanic soil.
Kona experiences a tropical climate with warm weather year-round. From July to October the temperature experiences highs in the mid-80s and decreases to lows in the mid-70s at night. During December to March the weather averages from a high in the low-80s to lows within the upper-60s.
Kona is serviced by Kona International Airport (KOA). Hawaii Island has an extensive bus route (Hele On) which provides transportation throughout the island. Taxi service is also a convenient mode of travel in Kona and the rest of the Big Island. For travelers wanting to tour the region flexibly, car rentals are accessible.