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Kailua-Kona

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.


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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay ¥16,307
Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019
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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
     
    3.9 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The views were phenomenal at the Sheraton. Front staff was great - friendly and efficient. A bit out of dated I’m the rooms. Their restaurant Rays On The Bay service was horrible. It was an open seating but no one acknowledges you. We waited for at least 15-30 minutes and finally I had to go get ...

    Royal Kona Resort ¥16,726
    Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019
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    Royal Kona Resort

    Royal Kona Resort

    75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      You certainly wouldn't rate this place as high if it weren't for the views. But, wow, the views. Had an ocean view room, which also unfortunately overlooked the luau. It's great to see the luau from above if you're there one night, but for one solid hour every night you can hear nothing but the luau. ...

      Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel ¥17,460
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019
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      Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

      Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

      75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        I really enjoyed having the choice between the pool and access to the beach sand ocean at the same place. Our stay was comfortable and clean. The breakfast buffet included in our package was delicious!

        Kona Seaside Hotel ¥15,075
        Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019
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        Kona Seaside Hotel

        Kona Seaside Hotel

        75-5646 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI
           
          4.0 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellent location, clean, there was a refrigerator in the room. The 12 o’clock Check-out time was very reasonable.

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona ¥15,942
          Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019
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          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

          Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona

          75-146 Sarona Ln, Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            4.4 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Good location great staff room with a plenty of space

            Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel ¥14,858
            Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019
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            Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

            Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel

            75-5739 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
               
              3.2 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in a great area. We had a clean room and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

              Kona Coast Resort
              Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019
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              Kona Coast Resort

              Kona Coast Resort

              78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
                 
                4.5 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was a good place to stay with a kitchen and laundry in the unit. We were played by the playground which was great for my 3yo. It pool was a big hit.

                Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
                Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019
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                Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort

                Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort

                75-5961 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  BEST CONDO IN KONA!!!!! WE LIVE IN HILO SO WE GO TO KONA FOR STAYCATIONS ABOUT 4 TIMES A YEAR AND THIS CONDO IS A GEM AMOUNG ALL OTHERS. SERVICE, CLEANLINESS, ESPECIALLY PRICE, SUCH A GOOD DEAL.

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