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Kona, HI Hawaii – Fun Facts and Info

Kailua Kona is a coastal city and is known for its many marvelous open air and ocean view restaurants.

Kailua Kona weather is generally mild year round. In addition to the many Kailua Kona tourist and historical sites, Kailua Kona is also home to a popular snorkeling beach, Kahaluu Beach.

Another beach, Kamakahomu Beach is a popular destination for families.

Popular lodging accommodations in Kailua Kona include Beach Villas at Kahaluu Villa, for Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Holua Resort at the Mauna Loa Village, Kona Coast Resort, Kona Magic Sands Resort, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Ohana Halei Guest House.

If you are planning a trip you Kailua Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island there is a shortage of lodging accommodations including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and home and condo rentals.

Some additional Kailua Kona outdoor attractions include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Mauna Kea, Pu’uhonuao Honaqnau, Waipi’o Valley, Kealakekua Bay, Green Sands-Papakolea.

Kailua Kona is a historically famous as the home and center of power to King Kamehameha the great who united the island nation of Hawaii has a single kingdom under his rule. In 1812, he returned to Oahu to make his home in Kailua Kona. His residence was a religious temple built by early settlers of the Hawaiian Islands. This religious temple-royal palace was called Ahuena Heiau. Following King Kamehameha’s death in 1819, the Ahuena Heiau, was destroyed. However, the Temple-Palace was rebuilt as a replica in the 1970s.

The restored Temple-Palace continues to be a tourist attraction today.

Another historical site located in Kailua Kona is the Moku’aikaua Church.

This church is the first Christian church built in the Hawaiian Islands. It was established by missionaries from New England who traveled to the island in 1837. The walls of the church are made of bricks of solid lava rock and mortar made from crushed coral.

Another Kailua Kona historical site is Hulihe’e Palace. Built-in 1838, the Hulihe’e Palace is one of only three houses in the United States. Historically, the palace was used by Hawaii’s Royal family members as a retreat. The palace was used later by the Hawaiian Governor John Adams Kuakini. Today, the palace is a museum open to the public. The Daughters of Hawaii historical organization operates the museum.

Another Kailua-Kona historical site is Kailua pier.

Once used as a loading area for cattle by Hawaian cowboys in the early 1900’s, Kailua pier is now an area of attraction for tourists and fishing and sports enthusiasts.

The pier serves as the starting and end point for the Ironman Triathalon World Championship.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament also holds its annual competition at the Kailua pier.

The Kailua pier also generally serves as a major place of activity for water sports and aquatic enthusiasts everywhere.

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