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Kailua-Kona, HI
Travel Guide

Kailua-Kona showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sunset

The former home of the Hawaiian royals is today an exciting town showcasing the vibrant local culture.

Known as Kona to the locals, the western hub of Hawaii’s Big Island is as important today as it was to the ancient Hawaiians. Once the home of the kings and royalty of the island, today Kailua-Kona is a popular destination for history lovers, sport fishermen and those who just come to enjoy the sun.

Kailua-Kona’s western location means it is protected from the trade winds that bring rain to much of the island, and instead enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. Spend the day on the water with a fishing rod in your hand. Chartered fishing trips are available and the Kailua Pier is a favorite spot among locals.

Take in the beautiful sunset from the pier while you wait for the fish to bite. Like much of the island, Kailua-Kona offers great spots to dive, swim and surf. You can rent equipment from a number of operators within the town.

Kailua-Kona was a trade hub for the ancient Hawaiians, and there is much history to discover. Visit the former home of Hawaiian royals at the Hulihe’e Palace. Walk along the town’s main thoroughfare, Ali’i Drive, to reach the oldest Christian church in the state, the Mokuaikaua Church. The historic village can be explored with a guided tour, available from within town.

Try the local cuisine at one of the town’s many popular restaurants before you venture out to enjoy Kailua-Kona’s thriving nightlife. There are many bars lining the beach, creating a relaxed atmosphere to meet the locals.

Transportation in Kailua-Kona is limited and most visitors rent a car. There are a number of rental companies both in town and at the Kona International Airport.

Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

Royal Kona Resort
Royal Kona Resort
3.5 out of 5
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is $230 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hulihee Palace and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Magic Sands Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and Kona Le'a Plantation ...
4/5Very Good! (1,530 reviews)
"Nice place"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Royal Kona Resort
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is $419 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Kailua-Kona, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamakahonu Beach, Kailua-Kona Wharf, and Swing Zone. Hulihee ...
4.2/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"Location location...perfect spot for walking acess downtown"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
4 out of 5
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
The price is $399 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Keauhou Bay Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and Magic Sands ...
3.9/5Good! (987 reviews)
"Hotel is nice but it needs a good renovation, rooms are so old. Loved the pool, good for kids and adults!!!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kalanikai 306, Ocean View 1br/1ba Right in the Heart of Kona Town!
Kalanikai 306, Ocean View 1br/1ba Right in the Heart of Kona Town!
Kailua-Kona, HI
Situated by the sea, this romantic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Hulihee Palace and Kailua-Kona Wharf. Swing Zone is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Amazing location, view and cleanliness!
"The condo was incredibly clean and organized. We were very close to all the downtown attractions and has an amazing view from the 3rd floor. The bed was comfortable and all of the kitchen appliances were brand new. We felt very comfortable and safe within the condo. Was great to have our own covered ..."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2020

Kalanikai 306, Ocean View 1br/1ba Right in the Heart of Kona Town!
Jilly Bean"s Condo, Fresh and new Remodeled, on Ali'i Drive
Jilly Bean"s Condo, Fresh and new Remodeled, on Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI
Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Mokuaikaua Church and Kailua-Kona Wharf. Swing Zone is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Lovely updated condo. Pool and hot tub were nice and close. Close to lots of shops. Definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Jilly Bean"s Condo, Fresh and new Remodeled, on Ali'i Drive
In Town, Ocean View, Steps Away From The Beach, Shops, Restaurants And Bars!
In Town, Ocean View, Steps Away From The Beach, Shops, Restaurants And Bars!
Kailua-Kona, HI
Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Hulihee Palace and Kailua-Kona Wharf. Swing Zone is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
it was good
"it was alittle hatd to find yje place and in it had two door lock so it was alittle difficult to get the door open and the parking was not id close to my unit"

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

In Town, Ocean View, Steps Away From The Beach, Shops, Restaurants And Bars!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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