The sunny Kona District is on the west side of Hawaii Island and stretches for about 60 miles from Kona International Airport (KOA) south just beyond Kealakekua Bay. Along this stretch of the coast, you’ll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks and beautiful beaches.
Kailua-Kona is in the heart of the district and only a 15-minute drive south of Kona International Airport. Visit historic Kailua Village where you’ll find shops, restaurants and nightlife as well as a walking tour of Kona's history and see places like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau.
Every October, Kailua-Kona is the home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon where triathletes come together on the world stage.
Kealakekua Bay to the south of Kailua-Kona is where Captain James Cook first came to the island and in 1779 was killed by the natives after visiting only three times.
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture when you visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, a well-restored Hawaiian “place of refuge.”
Mauna Loa offers the perfect back drop for snorkeling in south Kona’s calm, clear waters. Kona offers many different adventures but one of my favorites is to take a manta ray boat tour where you can scuba or snorkel with these graceful sea creatures.
Sample 100% Kona coffee when you visit the coffee farms in Holualoa. Several of the nearly 600 farms offer tours where you learn why Kona coffee is considered to be some of the best in the world.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park is only 4.5 miles north of Kailua-Kona. Here you can explore early heiau (temples), fishponds and petroglyphs in this 1160-acre park.
The Kona District offers adventure and experiences as vast as the big island itself.