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  • Kailua-KonaPro 2014
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    3 Dec 28, 2013

    The hot, dry, desert side of the Big Island. If you are looking for sun tanning and white sand beaches on the Big Island you have come to the right place! Our beaches on the other side are volcanic rock and sand. Apparently Hawaii is the only place in the US where coffee is grown and Kona is famous for its coffee. You won't have any trouble finding cafes to sample the island blends walking around the streets of downtown Kailua.

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    Daniel S
    5 Jul 25, 2013

    This is the biggest Island lots of things to see, traffic is easy and the very laid back atmosphere if you want night life go to Oahu and Waikiki beach but if you like the outdoors and quite relaxing adventures see the Big Island.

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    panda
    3 Apr 19, 2013

    Home of the famous Hawaiian Kona coffee, this western area of the big island is a must see. You can also see evidence of inland Tsunamis as most of the roads are built 50-60 feet above sea level.

    Fun Fact- Jurassic Park was filmed here.

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    Max Perez
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    3 Jan 04, 2013

    This town does what a town is supposed to do, with an airport, supermarkets, marina, lodging, restaurants, and bars. Over all though, it is not really that charming a place. The place is a very large town, when it should be a very small city.

    I have been there a few times but don't have a favorite hotel, bar, or restaurant, it's all just ok.

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    Keane
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    4 Jan 01, 2013

    Touristy and small, it's a nice place but pales in comparison to Hilo. You definitely need a car if you plan on moving about, unless you really want to spend all your time in the little stretch of road that is Kona.

    The true magic is in the Kona coffee plantations, the coast covered by volcanic rock and, yes, Costco (it's the only one on the island). Kona Brewing Company is also a favorite of mine.

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    Dana Filek-Gibson
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    5 Oct 23, 2012

    Every time I set foot on the Big Island I am reminded why, if given the chance, I would move to Hawai'i in a heartbeat. For obvious reasons, many people feel this way – the sun, the endless stretches of beach, the island time – but as a relatively frequent visitor to Kona, my brain has grown increasingly used to the idea that part of me does, in fact, live here. With every visit, it's like coming home to a place I have never lived. Even over the years, as the town grows and becomes more of a tourist hub, I am forever grateful to Kona (and the Big Island in general) for maintaining its quiet, laid-back, and welcoming atmosphere, a perfect place to sit by the ocean and allow time to pass by. With any luck, it will resist the pull of major tourism and stay that way.

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    Donna Byrd
    5 Sep 27, 2012

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! THE PEOPLE WERE SO LOVELY! THE SITES WERE LOVELY! THE KING KAMEHA MEHA HOTEL WAS THE BEST! LOVE THE PLACE AND THE BEACH!! *****YOU MUST EAT AT QUINS BY THE SEA , THE ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETT AT KING KAMEHA' MEHA' MARRIOTTS ON FRIDAY& SAT. NIGHTS THE BEST BY FAR. DO NOT MISS THIS YOU WILL BE VERY SORRY.*WE ATE THERE 3 TIMES!

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  • Kailua-KonaPro 2014
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    4 Sep 22, 2012

    The dry, quiet side of the island, sometimes shrouded in vog. Not much of anything to do in town, but some awesome beaches to explore right outside of town. This is where a lot of the highend resorts are like the four seasons, and where the multi-millionaires build 30 million dollar vacation estates.

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    James Tidwell
    5 Aug 24, 2012

    Beautiful place, great swimming, people are great and food is delicious. Went snorkeling and toured much of the Big Island.

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    Wanugee
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The Hawaiian Visitors Bureau has a profile of the typical type of visitors to each island from many years of surveys. For the Big Island, it is usually someone a bit older, who likes nature, and a relaxed vacation atmosphere. Kailua-Kona is the central receiving point for these visitors, and has deep sea fishing, whale watching, tours to the Volcanoes and other such popular adventures.

    The accomdations in Kailua-Kona are not nearly as nice, in general, to what you might expect to find in Waikiki, Maui, or other islands. The resorts and hotels were old, although some newer properties have gone up. There are many vacation rentals available. The major chain hotels are up the coast in Waikoloa, like the Hilton.

    Kailua-KOna is where you fly-in to the Big Island, and the island has such marvelous diverse environments, from black sand beaches, to volcanoes, to sandy beaches, to large ranch land pastures, to deserts with cactus, to rain forests. This is only your starting point to discover these island riches.

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    Jami Singree
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Kona is great,its a great island away from Honolulu.Lots of golfing areas.Very scenic,winter weather can be rainy and windy.There is white sand beachs,black sand beachs,lava rock beachs.

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    Mandi Scott Chestler
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Along the Kona shoreline you can often see archeological remains of sacred temples built by the ancient Hawaiian people.

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    Grace Byun
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The Green Sand Beach is super nice! If you happen to rent a jeep for your rental car than you can drive to the green sand beach other than that you are stuck walking for a very long time to this beach! It took us at least 1-2 hours one way. We are fast walkers but the terrain of the place is not straight or smooth.

    It's well worth it because it's not busy and the place is pretty and you can see a sea turtle while snorkling if you are lucky! I would highly bring lunch and drinks because it's a long walk back!

    It's a little tricky getting down to the beach pnce you are there. I would just go down from the sand wall on the left pictured here.

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    Shane aka Kau Kau Hotel
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I Love sunny Kona. It has some box-stores and strip malls but it still has a place in my heart. Fun to stroll around and great place to canoe paddle or watch the Ironman!

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    Matt Holbrook
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Not a lot to do topside except see the volcano's, but the SCUBA diving is great. Check out "Jack's Diving Locker".

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    Roger Lee
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    You should definitely take a helicopter tour over the island. you will take off from the 'desert' side of the island and see everything from rain forests to active volcanoes. Depending on the helicopter company running the tour, they will land in a few spots and let you walk around in areas that would otherwise be totally inaccessible by road or foot. we used Paradise Helicopters and had a great experience. i am very jealous - you guys will have a blast!

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    William Huynh
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    3 Nov 11, 2013

    Not much to do in the city itself. It is quite small but the tours run from there

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    5 Jul 13, 2013

    Lava fields dot our path to the ocean in Kona

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    3 Feb 09, 2013
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    5 Nov 27, 2012
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Of all the places Hawaiian royalty could have chosen as their preferred vacation destination, Kailua-Kona won out. Today, over 200 years of Hawaiian history is everywhere. The King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel has a collection of 18th century artifacts. Join a luau at the site of the king's former residence, or tour the 1838 royal Hulihee Palace. Along the coast, there are plenty of opportunities ... read more
to sip the region's most famous export -- coffee -- or to take a plantation tour. See fitness personified each October at the Ironman World Championship.

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