Keauhou is a coastal Kona village that weaves together the culture of ancient Hawai’i with the leisure and relaxation of a resort area. Find out why this village was a playground for the Hawai’ian royals with its scenic lava-rock coast, Mount Hualalai views and restored temples. Watch the sunset over the ocean before embarking on a nighttime dive with majestic manta rays.
Learn about the area’s cultural significance to the ancient Hawai’ians and how it shaped modern Hawai’i. Visit the Keauhou Kahalu’u Heritage Center, located inside the Keauhou Shopping Center, or one of the area’s interpretive centers to learn about Keauhou’s sacred ancient sites and historical landmarks. Catch one of the cultural performances held at the Heritage Center, such as a hula show.
Ancient temples are dotted along the shoreline. Discover the intriguing Hapaiali’i Heiau (Temple for Elevating Chiefs), a flat stone monolith jutting out from the rock pools near Kahalu’u Beach Park.
Keauhou is famous for its abundant underwater world. Kayak along the shoreline to take in the sights of the dramatic lava-rock coastline. See green sea turtles swimming in tide pools during the day and schools of graceful manta rays feeding on plankton at night. Watch as the resorts on the shore light up the magnificent rays with spotlights or take an awe-inspiring nighttime dive with snorkel or scuba equipment. Night dives depart from the beach north of Honokohau Harbor.
Explore the world-famous Kona coffee-growing region in the picturesque Hualalai mountainside. Take a daytrip to scenic Kahalu’u Bay or discover how Hawai’i’s most valued coffee variety is grown, harvested and processed on a coffee farm tour. Enjoy a fresh cup of the aromatic brew, straight from the farm.
Keauhou is located 6.2 miles (9.9 kilometers) south of Kailua in the Kona region of Hawai’i’s Big Island. Reach this charming resort village by car, charter tour or boat. Enjoy almost year-round sunny weather in Kona. Avoid the region’s humid summers by visiting between September and November.
Snorkeling, Family-Friendly and Volcanoes
Drive around the crater of an erupting volcano and learn about the cultural importance of lava to the ancient Hawaiians.
Visit the historic walled refuge of Hawaiian lawbreakers, the only place on the island where their lives would be spared.
Hike, kayak or take a boat cruise to the monument celebrating the life of the famous British explorer.
At this former royal vacation home and museum, view original handmade koa furnishings and watch free folk concerts.
Snorkel with tropical fish and swim with sea turtles at this great dive location.
Discover ancient Hawaii at this historic settlement.
Journey to majestic Kealakekua Bay on a custom-built catamaran with waterslides and a diving board. Relax on the shaded deck, snorkel in the clear water, and sip a Mai Tai as you head back to shore.
On an oceanfront lawn at Keahou Bay, as the sun dips behind the horizon and the palm trees rustle overhead, immerse yourself in the heritage, culture, and traditions of Hawaii. Enjoy a buffet of island-style fare and sit back for a spectacular show with live music and dancing at the Haleo Luau.
Explore some of Hawaii's calmest waters during a 3-hour snorkeling trip complete with sea caves, lava tubes, and spectacular marine life. With guidance from a US Coast Guard-licensed captain, encounter wildlife up close in a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling.
The only underwater state park in Hawaii, the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay beckons with its clear waters, Technicolor coral gardens, and abundance of vibrant marine life. Set sail from Keauhou Bay on a luxurious catamaran and dive into an afternoon of aquatic adventure.
Embark on a 4-hour snorkeling adventure along the western coast of the Big Island for up-close encounters with local marine life. Explore Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay to unveil Hawaii’s unique underwater world, learn Hawaiian history, and get breathtaking views from the front row.
While on Hawaii’s Big Island, have an authentic, fun and entertaining experience at the Island Breeze Luau. Winner of the “Best of West Hawaii” award, the Island Breeze Luau at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is a favorite of both visitors and locals.