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Ko'u Hale Kona Guidebook

Greg & Diane
Greg & Diane
Joined in 2018
Greg & Diane

Ko'u Hale Kona Guidebook

Favorite Restaurants on the Big Island
Serving lunch, sunset cocktails and pupus, and dinner daily, On the Rocks welcomes you day and night! The menus offers a vast array of refreshing tropical libations and innovative dishes all prepared with the freshest island ingredients and made to perfection. Happy hour begins at 3PM, ending at 5PM daily.
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On the Rocks
75-5824 Kahakai Road
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Serving lunch, sunset cocktails and pupus, and dinner daily, On the Rocks welcomes you day and night! The menus offers a vast array of refreshing tropical libations and innovative dishes all prepared with the freshest island ingredients and made to perfection. Happy hour begins at 3PM, ending at 5PM daily.
Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality. They source as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. Their renowned poke is always created with only the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters as they aspire to share the boat to bowl experience with all of their guests.
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Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill
74-5563 Kaiwi St
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Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality. They source as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. Their renowned poke is always created with only the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters as they aspire to share the boat to bowl experience with all of their guests.
Happy Hour Daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm $4 Mai Tais and $3 PBR ALL DAY EVERY DAY Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: $9.95 Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: Taco Specials $2.75 Tacos, $3.50 Dos XX and Pacifico, $3.75 Corona, $4 Margarita
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Oceans Sports Bar & Grill
75-5811 Alii Drive
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Happy Hour Daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm $4 Mai Tais and $3 PBR ALL DAY EVERY DAY Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: $9.95 Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: Taco Specials $2.75 Tacos, $3.50 Dos XX and Pacifico, $3.75 Corona, $4 Margarita
Splasher’s Grill is a family friendly restaurant that offers diners breathtaking views of Kailua Kona Bay and a delicious, affordable menu (by Hawaii standards). This welcoming local eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Locals and visitors are invited to enjoy cooling ocean breezes and great conversation as they watch the ocean surf roll in and canoes paddle along the bay. Relish live music and take advantage of their fully stocked tiki bar to make your time at Splasher’s Grill truly memorable.
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Splashers Grill
75-5663 Palani Road
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Splasher’s Grill is a family friendly restaurant that offers diners breathtaking views of Kailua Kona Bay and a delicious, affordable menu (by Hawaii standards). This welcoming local eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Locals and visitors are invited to enjoy cooling ocean breezes and great conversation as they watch the ocean surf roll in and canoes paddle along the bay. Relish live music and take advantage of their fully stocked tiki bar to make your time at Splasher’s Grill truly memorable.
Tucked away in the Kopiko Plaza strip mall, in downtown Kona, is the 808 Grindz Cafe. Stop into this laid-back little cafe for a hearty breakfast or lunch. Their fluffy pancakes are a favorite, try them with their homemade coconut-vanilla or macadamia-vanilla sauces. They also have a variety of eggs benedict and moco dishes. For a dish packed full of flavor, try the adobo fried rice. There is also a blackboard behind the counter offering breakfast and lunch specials for the day.
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808 Grindz Cafe
75-5660 Kopiko St
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Tucked away in the Kopiko Plaza strip mall, in downtown Kona, is the 808 Grindz Cafe. Stop into this laid-back little cafe for a hearty breakfast or lunch. Their fluffy pancakes are a favorite, try them with their homemade coconut-vanilla or macadamia-vanilla sauces. They also have a variety of eggs benedict and moco dishes. For a dish packed full of flavor, try the adobo fried rice. There is also a blackboard behind the counter offering breakfast and lunch specials for the day.
With perfect sunsets over the Kona Coast, Magics Beach Grill is about honoring Hawai’i through authentic Big Island flavors. The restaurant, bar, and Beach Shack each have their own menus and style so you can find what you crave for any occasion. Rooted in exceptional ingredients from our local farmers and fishermen, our dishes are equally playful and refined. We believe, just tasting these incredible flavors you become part of something bigger, our ‘ohana. Swing by for a cocktail and a meal, learn Big Island history, and tap into the latest local happenings.
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Magics Beach Grill
77-6452 Alii Dr
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With perfect sunsets over the Kona Coast, Magics Beach Grill is about honoring Hawai’i through authentic Big Island flavors. The restaurant, bar, and Beach Shack each have their own menus and style so you can find what you crave for any occasion. Rooted in exceptional ingredients from our local farmers and fishermen, our dishes are equally playful and refined. We believe, just tasting these incredible flavors you become part of something bigger, our ‘ohana. Swing by for a cocktail and a meal, learn Big Island history, and tap into the latest local happenings.
If some freak climatic event ever brought winter hibernation to the Big Island, you could survive the lean season by storing the calories away after a single plate lunch at this institution. The food here – short ribs, garlic fried chicken, loco moco etc – is both delicious and served in simply awe-inspiring portions.
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Pine Tree Cafe
73-4038 Hulikoa Drive
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If some freak climatic event ever brought winter hibernation to the Big Island, you could survive the lean season by storing the calories away after a single plate lunch at this institution. The food here – short ribs, garlic fried chicken, loco moco etc – is both delicious and served in simply awe-inspiring portions.
For those of you not familiar with the Hawaiian Pidgin language, “broke da mouth” is how we describe food that is so incredibly good you don’t talk at all, you just eat. Award-winning Broke Da Mouth Grindz is appropriately named. This hidden little neighborhood eatery boasts unbelievably good Filipino and Hawaiian food in a colorful, inviting atmosphere. Voted as one of the Best Plate Lunches on the Big Island, Broke Da Mouth Grindz in Kona serves up ample portions of local favorites, and if you’ve never had our local food before, this is the place to introduce yourself to it.
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Broke Da Mouth Grindz & Catering
74-5565 Luhia Street
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For those of you not familiar with the Hawaiian Pidgin language, “broke da mouth” is how we describe food that is so incredibly good you don’t talk at all, you just eat. Award-winning Broke Da Mouth Grindz is appropriately named. This hidden little neighborhood eatery boasts unbelievably good Filipino and Hawaiian food in a colorful, inviting atmosphere. Voted as one of the Best Plate Lunches on the Big Island, Broke Da Mouth Grindz in Kona serves up ample portions of local favorites, and if you’ve never had our local food before, this is the place to introduce yourself to it.
Nestled within the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona, this Tiki-style restaurant and separate mai tai bar encompasses everything unique and memorable about the Hawaiian experience: a waterfront view, breezy tables and seating areas, and delicious cocktails with island-fresh garnishes. The largest open-air, ocean-facing bar in the village, Don’s Mai Tai Bar offers more to enjoy than most establishment can imagine. Gentle Hawaiian music echoes through the entire expanse as guests enjoy a choice between 10 different mai tai recipes, all while taking in the panoramic views of the Pacific.
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Don's Mai Tai Bar
75-5852 Alii Dr
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Nestled within the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona, this Tiki-style restaurant and separate mai tai bar encompasses everything unique and memorable about the Hawaiian experience: a waterfront view, breezy tables and seating areas, and delicious cocktails with island-fresh garnishes. The largest open-air, ocean-facing bar in the village, Don’s Mai Tai Bar offers more to enjoy than most establishment can imagine. Gentle Hawaiian music echoes through the entire expanse as guests enjoy a choice between 10 different mai tai recipes, all while taking in the panoramic views of the Pacific.
Half bar.. half eatery.. it's really one of the best joints on this side of the island to come in for a perfect afternoon of eats, drinks and great people. As you would expect, but not always get.. only the freshest island ingredients are used here and each dish is always prepared fresh to order, from scratch
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Foster's Kitchen
75-5805 Ali'i Dr
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Half bar.. half eatery.. it's really one of the best joints on this side of the island to come in for a perfect afternoon of eats, drinks and great people. As you would expect, but not always get.. only the freshest island ingredients are used here and each dish is always prepared fresh to order, from scratch
Fireart Cuisine Restaurant offers delicious tasting Chinese and Asian cuisine. Fireart Cuisine's convenient location and affordable prices make this restaurant a natural choice for eat-in or take-out meals. The restaurant is known for its variety in taste incluing BBQ & Grill Plates, Burgers and Asian Wraps, all prepared using high quality fresh ingredients. Friendly atmosphere and excellent service.
Fireart Cuisine
75-1027 Henry Street
Fireart Cuisine Restaurant offers delicious tasting Chinese and Asian cuisine. Fireart Cuisine's convenient location and affordable prices make this restaurant a natural choice for eat-in or take-out meals. The restaurant is known for its variety in taste incluing BBQ & Grill Plates, Burgers and Asian Wraps, all prepared using high quality fresh ingredients. Friendly atmosphere and excellent service.
This is a great little restaurant in Waimea. It is busy so there could be a wait. They have a great variety on menu with choices of fish to ribs to brisket. Prices are good for the quality and amount of food.
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The Fish And The Hog
64-957 Mamalahoa Highway
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This is a great little restaurant in Waimea. It is busy so there could be a wait. They have a great variety on menu with choices of fish to ribs to brisket. Prices are good for the quality and amount of food.
Ken's is still pumping out delicious meals including pancakes, burgers, fries, omelets, milkshakes, and other local favorites. It’s the good food, great staff and awesome community that keeps this place going. Ken’s is, was, and will continue to be a mainstay not just in Hilo, but throughout the entire Big Island.
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Kens House of Pancakes
1730 Kamehameha Avenue
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Ken's is still pumping out delicious meals including pancakes, burgers, fries, omelets, milkshakes, and other local favorites. It’s the good food, great staff and awesome community that keeps this place going. Ken’s is, was, and will continue to be a mainstay not just in Hilo, but throughout the entire Big Island.
Gourmet dining options at a price the family can afford. Whether it’s our World famous Massive pancakes and Kalua Pork Hash, or great lighter fare and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. Serving the Big Islands favorite breakfast menu all day long, so the kids can enjoy french toast or a loco moco, while you savor one of our gourmet steak or pasta dinner specials. Creative local fresh fish specials served daily, including our incredible poke bowls.
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Hawaiian Style Cafe Hilo
681 Manono Street
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Gourmet dining options at a price the family can afford. Whether it’s our World famous Massive pancakes and Kalua Pork Hash, or great lighter fare and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. Serving the Big Islands favorite breakfast menu all day long, so the kids can enjoy french toast or a loco moco, while you savor one of our gourmet steak or pasta dinner specials. Creative local fresh fish specials served daily, including our incredible poke bowls.
Kaleo's Bar & Grill, one of the Big Island's favorite dining and entertainment spot. Located just outside the big city lights, Kaleo's in Pahoa Town is quickly making a name for itself as the go to place for Hawaiian, local favorite foods. With nightly live entertainment, great food, and warm service, Kaleo's has something for everyone.
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Kaleo's Bar & Grill
15-2969 Pahoa Village Road
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Kaleo's Bar & Grill, one of the Big Island's favorite dining and entertainment spot. Located just outside the big city lights, Kaleo's in Pahoa Town is quickly making a name for itself as the go to place for Hawaiian, local favorite foods. With nightly live entertainment, great food, and warm service, Kaleo's has something for everyone.
“Ohana” means family in Hawaiian. At Kona Brew, they tend treat customers as family. Great atmosphere with outdoor seating. Great burgers and ono pizza. Always great brew.
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Kona Brewing Co.
74-5612 Pawai Place
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“Ohana” means family in Hawaiian. At Kona Brew, they tend treat customers as family. Great atmosphere with outdoor seating. Great burgers and ono pizza. Always great brew.
Favorite West Hawaii Beaches
This small but gorgeous beach (also called White Sands and, officially, Laʻaloa Beach) has turquoise water, great sunsets, little shade and possibly the best bodysurfing and bodyboarding on the Big Island. Waves are consistent and just powerful enough to shoot you across the water into a sandy bay (beware: the north side of the bay has more rocks). During high winter surf the beach can vanish literally overnight, earning the nickname ‘Magic Sands.’ The park is about 4 miles south of central Kailua-Kona.
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Magic Sands Beach Park
Ali'i Drive
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This small but gorgeous beach (also called White Sands and, officially, Laʻaloa Beach) has turquoise water, great sunsets, little shade and possibly the best bodysurfing and bodyboarding on the Big Island. Waves are consistent and just powerful enough to shoot you across the water into a sandy bay (beware: the north side of the bay has more rocks). During high winter surf the beach can vanish literally overnight, earning the nickname ‘Magic Sands.’ The park is about 4 miles south of central Kailua-Kona.
An expansive lawn area with tall palms and kiawe trees providing plenty of shade adorn the park, with lots of lush grass to go along with the small pockets of sand on the beach. It’s quiet here and almost never crowded. Like most Kona beaches, Pahoehoe Beach is a comfortable place for a picnic or to simply sit and watch the surf. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the park.
Pahoehoe Beach Park
77-6434 Alii Drive
An expansive lawn area with tall palms and kiawe trees providing plenty of shade adorn the park, with lots of lush grass to go along with the small pockets of sand on the beach. It’s quiet here and almost never crowded. Like most Kona beaches, Pahoehoe Beach is a comfortable place for a picnic or to simply sit and watch the surf. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the park.
Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. Kahaluu Beach is not a marine preserve, yet for having no fishing limitations, it rivals and sometimes surpasses the quantity of fish you’ll see at a dedicated marine sanctuary.
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Kahalu’u Beach Park
786702 Ali'i Dr
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Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. Kahaluu Beach is not a marine preserve, yet for having no fishing limitations, it rivals and sometimes surpasses the quantity of fish you’ll see at a dedicated marine sanctuary.
Many people come to Old Airport (as local residents refer to this state park) for the sunset views. The beach is long and wide, and there is a sandy stretch between the old runway and the rocks at the water's edge. Even though the beach is rather rocky, swimming is possible here.
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Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
75-5560 Kuakini Highway
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Many people come to Old Airport (as local residents refer to this state park) for the sunset views. The beach is long and wide, and there is a sandy stretch between the old runway and the rocks at the water's edge. Even though the beach is rather rocky, swimming is possible here.
Manini’owali Beach is a secluded and small white sand beach at Kua Bay, just north of Kona. The water in the bay is crystal clear and the beach is more difficult to reach than other nearby white sand beaches. This makes Kua Bay a strong competitor for the title of “best white sand beach” on the Big Island!
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
723990 Mamalahoa Highway
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Manini’owali Beach is a secluded and small white sand beach at Kua Bay, just north of Kona. The water in the bay is crystal clear and the beach is more difficult to reach than other nearby white sand beaches. This makes Kua Bay a strong competitor for the title of “best white sand beach” on the Big Island!
Hāpuna beach is 1/2 mile long, is almost always sunny, and has a continuous shore break that is great fun to play in for all ages. Hapuna only gets 10 inches of rain annually and the beach is lined by trees and a shaded picnic pavilion. There is also a professional lifeguard on duty year-round. All of this makes Hapuna a great family beach. Oh, and almost forgot to mention: Hāpuna Beach regularly is voted among the ‘best beaches in the world’!
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Hapuna Beach
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Hāpuna beach is 1/2 mile long, is almost always sunny, and has a continuous shore break that is great fun to play in for all ages. Hapuna only gets 10 inches of rain annually and the beach is lined by trees and a shaded picnic pavilion. There is also a professional lifeguard on duty year-round. All of this makes Hapuna a great family beach. Oh, and almost forgot to mention: Hāpuna Beach regularly is voted among the ‘best beaches in the world’!
Punalu’u beach is the most famous black sand beach of Hawaii. Another reason for the popularity of this beach is that you can often see endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles basking in the sun on the beach. The turtles basking in the sun are Hawaiian green sea turtles (Honu). You can sometimes also encounter the more rare Hawksbill Turtle (Honu’ea) in the water but not basking on the beach. Fun turtle trivia: sea turtles almost never bask on the beach. Several species of green sea turtles do this but only at a few locations worldwide. Hawaii is one of those!
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Punalu‘u Beach
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Punalu’u beach is the most famous black sand beach of Hawaii. Another reason for the popularity of this beach is that you can often see endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles basking in the sun on the beach. The turtles basking in the sun are Hawaiian green sea turtles (Honu). You can sometimes also encounter the more rare Hawksbill Turtle (Honu’ea) in the water but not basking on the beach. Fun turtle trivia: sea turtles almost never bask on the beach. Several species of green sea turtles do this but only at a few locations worldwide. Hawaii is one of those!
Located in downtown Kona along Alii Drive is a small beach area called Honl’s Beach at the Wai’aha beach park. For those seeking sand between their toes for a respite from shopping and sightseeing, Honl’s Beach might be just your perfect oasis. Shaded by coconut palms over grassy and sandy patches, it has plenty of spots for an impromptu picnic or watching the sunset.
Honl’s Beach
Located in downtown Kona along Alii Drive is a small beach area called Honl’s Beach at the Wai’aha beach park. For those seeking sand between their toes for a respite from shopping and sightseeing, Honl’s Beach might be just your perfect oasis. Shaded by coconut palms over grassy and sandy patches, it has plenty of spots for an impromptu picnic or watching the sunset.
Anaeho'omalu Bay (also known as A-Bay) located on the Big Island of Hawaii's west shore near the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort Resort, is one of the prettiest beaches in this area. It features a long white-sand beach, several tide pools, fishponds and a large grove of coconut palms. You'll also find it better equipped than its neighbors, with restrooms, showers and a parking lot conveniently located nearby. Like many of the Big Island beaches, Anaeho'omalu is protected by an offshore reef. The ocean bottom drops off gently here, and the beach is popular for a variety of ocean sports, including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and surfing. Dangerous ocean conditions may occur during storms or high surf.
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ʻAnaehoʻomalu Beach
Waikoloa Rd
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Anaeho'omalu Bay (also known as A-Bay) located on the Big Island of Hawaii's west shore near the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort Resort, is one of the prettiest beaches in this area. It features a long white-sand beach, several tide pools, fishponds and a large grove of coconut palms. You'll also find it better equipped than its neighbors, with restrooms, showers and a parking lot conveniently located nearby. Like many of the Big Island beaches, Anaeho'omalu is protected by an offshore reef. The ocean bottom drops off gently here, and the beach is popular for a variety of ocean sports, including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and surfing. Dangerous ocean conditions may occur during storms or high surf.
Favorite Attractions
Hawaiʻiʻs only luʻau featuring the arrival of the Royal Court aboard an outrigger canoe. An family-friendly evening of delicious Hawaiian food & award winning Polynesian entertainment on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay. Held under the stars on the grounds of historic Ahuʻena – Kamehameha the Greatʻs former estate in Kailua-Kona. The evening begins with a warm welcome and an opportunity to meet the performers, learn a hula and get a Hawaiian tattoo. Watch the uncovering of the pig in the imu (underground oven) and then enjoy a delicious buffet and open bar. Entertainment throughout the evening includes live dinner music and a spectacular Polynesian show - “He ʻOhana Kakou” (We are Family).rite Attractions
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Island Breeze Luau - He 'Ohana Kakou
75-5660 Palani Rd
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Hawaiʻiʻs only luʻau featuring the arrival of the Royal Court aboard an outrigger canoe. An family-friendly evening of delicious Hawaiian food & award winning Polynesian entertainment on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay. Held under the stars on the grounds of historic Ahuʻena – Kamehameha the Greatʻs former estate in Kailua-Kona. The evening begins with a warm welcome and an opportunity to meet the performers, learn a hula and get a Hawaiian tattoo. Watch the uncovering of the pig in the imu (underground oven) and then enjoy a delicious buffet and open bar. Entertainment throughout the evening includes live dinner music and a spectacular Polynesian show - “He ʻOhana Kakou” (We are Family).rite Attractions
Discover Hawaiian culture through food, music and entertainment overlooking Kailua Bay. Begin your journey with festive Hawaiian music and a shell lei greeting. Get a Polynesian tattoo and join the lei workshop for the evening's perfect look. Enjoy the Imu ceremony, where a succulent roasted pig is unearthed from the underground oven. Sip Mai Tais as the sun sets over the glistening bay, and savor a delicious buffet with traditional island fare.
Voyagers of the Pacific Luau
75-5852 Alii Dr
Discover Hawaiian culture through food, music and entertainment overlooking Kailua Bay. Begin your journey with festive Hawaiian music and a shell lei greeting. Get a Polynesian tattoo and join the lei workshop for the evening's perfect look. Enjoy the Imu ceremony, where a succulent roasted pig is unearthed from the underground oven. Sip Mai Tais as the sun sets over the glistening bay, and savor a delicious buffet with traditional island fare.
In old Hawai'i, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu'uhonua, or place of refuge. As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki'i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved. Today, you may visit Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and still feel the spirit of peace and forgiveness that continues to surround and bless this special place.
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Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
State Highway 160
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In old Hawai'i, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu'uhonua, or place of refuge. As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki'i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved. Today, you may visit Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and still feel the spirit of peace and forgiveness that continues to surround and bless this special place.
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a “must see” Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this award-winning, historic farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. A self-guided experience, you’re free to walk among the coffee trees, meet a “Kona Nightingale”, or watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Visit the original 1920’s farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer’s lunch.
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Kona Coffee Living History Farm
82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway
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The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a “must see” Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this award-winning, historic farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. A self-guided experience, you’re free to walk among the coffee trees, meet a “Kona Nightingale”, or watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Visit the original 1920’s farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer’s lunch.
Atlantis Submarines has been sharing the magnificence of Hawaii’s undersea world since 1988 using the environmentally safe submarines that are battery powered, emit no pollutants, and quietly move through the water, disturbing no one. It’s the ultimate in sustainable tourism. Our Kona dive site is highlighted by a pristine 25-acre coral reef garden that is a natural safe haven for fish, plant life and organisms to thrive. Atlantis closely observes the abundance of activity at this treasured site but always leaves it untouched.
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Atlantis Submarines Kona
75-5660 Palani Rd
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Atlantis Submarines has been sharing the magnificence of Hawaii’s undersea world since 1988 using the environmentally safe submarines that are battery powered, emit no pollutants, and quietly move through the water, disturbing no one. It’s the ultimate in sustainable tourism. Our Kona dive site is highlighted by a pristine 25-acre coral reef garden that is a natural safe haven for fish, plant life and organisms to thrive. Atlantis closely observes the abundance of activity at this treasured site but always leaves it untouched.
One-of-a-kind cephalopod aquaculture research facility located in sunny Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. Through research and propagation, we are committed to developing green bio-technologies that increase ornamental and aquatic food production, while decreasing our demand for ocean resources.
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
One-of-a-kind cephalopod aquaculture research facility located in sunny Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. Through research and propagation, we are committed to developing green bio-technologies that increase ornamental and aquatic food production, while decreasing our demand for ocean resources.
Travel through time, back to the days of Hawaiian royalty at Huliheʻe Palace. Located on Aliʻi Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village in Kailua-Kona, Huliheʻe Palace is Kona’s only existing royal residence and one of three remaining in the state. Huliheʻe Palace was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1973 and today is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani. Built of coral lime mortar and lava rock, the palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, artifacts, weavings, portraits, tapa cloth, feather work, and Hawaiian quilts from Hawaiʻi’s royal past.
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Hulihe‘e Palace
75-5718 Alii Drive
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Travel through time, back to the days of Hawaiian royalty at Huliheʻe Palace. Located on Aliʻi Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village in Kailua-Kona, Huliheʻe Palace is Kona’s only existing royal residence and one of three remaining in the state. Huliheʻe Palace was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1973 and today is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani. Built of coral lime mortar and lava rock, the palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, artifacts, weavings, portraits, tapa cloth, feather work, and Hawaiian quilts from Hawaiʻi’s royal past.
Kīholo State Park Reserve is a 1-mile coastal reserve approximately 20 minutes north of Kona. The reserve offers much to see and do– Wainanalii Lagoon, Keanalele (the Queen’s bath), and the black sand beaches being perhaps the most popular destinations within the reserve.
Kīholo State Park Reserve
71-2000 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy
Kīholo State Park Reserve is a 1-mile coastal reserve approximately 20 minutes north of Kona. The reserve offers much to see and do– Wainanalii Lagoon, Keanalele (the Queen’s bath), and the black sand beaches being perhaps the most popular destinations within the reserve.
A short down and back up hike to the Captain Cook Monument. The monument was built in 1874 commemorating the fallen British explorer that was killed in 1779. The only way to reach the monument is by boat, kayak, or foot. It is said that the water near the monument is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The hike down is easy enough. The slope is not too steep but watch out for any rolling rocks. The trail is partly shaded.
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
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A short down and back up hike to the Captain Cook Monument. The monument was built in 1874 commemorating the fallen British explorer that was killed in 1779. The only way to reach the monument is by boat, kayak, or foot. It is said that the water near the monument is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The hike down is easy enough. The slope is not too steep but watch out for any rolling rocks. The trail is partly shaded.
Expand your knowledge of our environment and go on an exploration of bees! TOURS: Join our beekeeper for a fun & educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, & honey. During this open beehive demonstration, you will see a live beehive opened & learn where the queen resides, how honey is made, & what makes bees so special--all from a safe, screened area, Tours are 1 hour & include a video about our beekeeping operation, an open beehive demonstration & a sampling of our raw, organic honeys. Monday-Friday 10am, 12pm, 2pm Saturday 10am & 12pm, FREE for children under 18.
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Big Island Bees
82-1140 Meli Road
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Expand your knowledge of our environment and go on an exploration of bees! TOURS: Join our beekeeper for a fun & educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, & honey. During this open beehive demonstration, you will see a live beehive opened & learn where the queen resides, how honey is made, & what makes bees so special--all from a safe, screened area, Tours are 1 hour & include a video about our beekeeping operation, an open beehive demonstration & a sampling of our raw, organic honeys. Monday-Friday 10am, 12pm, 2pm Saturday 10am & 12pm, FREE for children under 18.
Follow the serpentine road through the historic coffee town of Holualoa, perched on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano, to find this cheerful green landmark clock building and the 30-acre gourmet farm it announces. The owners started with a few acres and have been steadily expanding both the coffee orchard and their collection of loveable dogs. The award-winning Hula Daddy Kona Coffee farm processes and roasts only its own beans. Out of 62 entries, it won the coveted Kona Coffee Cupping Competition in the Classic Division for single estate farms in 2016. Warm up with a sample cup as you view the cascade of green coffee fields, then learn about the steps from farm to roasting on a free tour of the orchard and the roasting room
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Hula Daddy Kona Coffee LLC
74-4944 Mamalahoa Highway
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Follow the serpentine road through the historic coffee town of Holualoa, perched on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano, to find this cheerful green landmark clock building and the 30-acre gourmet farm it announces. The owners started with a few acres and have been steadily expanding both the coffee orchard and their collection of loveable dogs. The award-winning Hula Daddy Kona Coffee farm processes and roasts only its own beans. Out of 62 entries, it won the coveted Kona Coffee Cupping Competition in the Classic Division for single estate farms in 2016. Warm up with a sample cup as you view the cascade of green coffee fields, then learn about the steps from farm to roasting on a free tour of the orchard and the roasting room
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation specializes in all of your 100% Kona coffee needs, from growing and roasting to tasting. No other coffee farm or mill offers more services than us! We are a locally owned, community-focused business that brings gourmet coffee to our customers who travel near and far for us, and we take great pride in the work that we do. Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and we have a long-standing relationship with the Kona Chamber of Commerce. We take customer service and craftsmanship very seriously, and you will quickly see why Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation has passed the test of time.
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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation specializes in all of your 100% Kona coffee needs, from growing and roasting to tasting. No other coffee farm or mill offers more services than us! We are a locally owned, community-focused business that brings gourmet coffee to our customers who travel near and far for us, and we take great pride in the work that we do. Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and we have a long-standing relationship with the Kona Chamber of Commerce. We take customer service and craftsmanship very seriously, and you will quickly see why Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation has passed the test of time.
Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion. (65.4 acres)
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ʻAkaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls Road
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Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion. (65.4 acres)
One of the most easily accessible waterfalls on the Big Island, Rainbow Falls is just a quick five-minute drive from downtown Hilo. On sunny days, rainbows appear in the mist of the 80-foot falls, making for some pretty magical views. The broad waterfall — nearly 100 feet in diameter — plunges over a natural lava cave and into the river below. When it rains, (which it often does in Hilo), the engorged Wailuku River makes the falls wider, muddier and louder. On these days, you won’t see the rainbows for which this spot is named, but the sheer volume of water and the accessibility of this spot for all ages make it a fun, quick and easy excursion.
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Rainbow Falls
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One of the most easily accessible waterfalls on the Big Island, Rainbow Falls is just a quick five-minute drive from downtown Hilo. On sunny days, rainbows appear in the mist of the 80-foot falls, making for some pretty magical views. The broad waterfall — nearly 100 feet in diameter — plunges over a natural lava cave and into the river below. When it rains, (which it often does in Hilo), the engorged Wailuku River makes the falls wider, muddier and louder. On these days, you won’t see the rainbows for which this spot is named, but the sheer volume of water and the accessibility of this spot for all ages make it a fun, quick and easy excursion.
The Vanillerie, a small vanilla farm on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island. They invite visitors to taste, tour, and treasure hand grown vanilla immersed in Hawaii's remarkable and refreshing natural abundance.
The Vanillerie
73-4301 Laui St
The Vanillerie, a small vanilla farm on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island. They invite visitors to taste, tour, and treasure hand grown vanilla immersed in Hawaii's remarkable and refreshing natural abundance.
The Hawaiian Vanilla Co. was established in 1998 while sitting around a dinner table with family discussing what we would consider growing on our newly purchased property along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island. At the time we had two small children and had a vision of how and where we wanted to raise them. My mother-in-law, who is an orchid enthusiast, mentioned that vanilla might be the crop to cultivate. From that dinner conversation to today this journey has been an adventure beyond my wildest dreams. Being able to work along side of my wife and children and build this company together has been an incredible experience.
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Hawaiian Vanilla Co.
43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road
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The Hawaiian Vanilla Co. was established in 1998 while sitting around a dinner table with family discussing what we would consider growing on our newly purchased property along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island. At the time we had two small children and had a vision of how and where we wanted to raise them. My mother-in-law, who is an orchid enthusiast, mentioned that vanilla might be the crop to cultivate. From that dinner conversation to today this journey has been an adventure beyond my wildest dreams. Being able to work along side of my wife and children and build this company together has been an incredible experience.
Day Spa & Massage
Residing on oceanfront land that was once home to Hawaiian royal, King Kamehameha, The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel is a locally owned and operated destination for ultimate rest and rejuvenation. The boutique spa brings together the powerful energy of this sacred land and the natural elements of the island to create a unique healing and revitalizing spa experience here on the Big Island. We offer a full range of signature massages, skincare, body treatments, and nail services.
The Spa At Kona Beach Hotel
Residing on oceanfront land that was once home to Hawaiian royal, King Kamehameha, The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel is a locally owned and operated destination for ultimate rest and rejuvenation. The boutique spa brings together the powerful energy of this sacred land and the natural elements of the island to create a unique healing and revitalizing spa experience here on the Big Island. We offer a full range of signature massages, skincare, body treatments, and nail services.
A Ala Hawaii Oceanfront Massage a truly tropical Hawaiian experience, a place of healing to balance your mind, body and soul. Exceptional world class staff of Massage Therapists Aestheticians, Energy and Intuitive Practitioners will provide the perfect revitalizing treatment for you.
A Ala Hawaii Massage Oceanfront
75-5744 Alii Dr
A Ala Hawaii Oceanfront Massage a truly tropical Hawaiian experience, a place of healing to balance your mind, body and soul. Exceptional world class staff of Massage Therapists Aestheticians, Energy and Intuitive Practitioners will provide the perfect revitalizing treatment for you.