Accommodation in Kailua Kona
Kailua Kona or “Kona” as the locals say is great place to stay, well known for fishing, snorkelling, sunsets and nightlife. It is a chilled out and warm area on the island. Because the mountains block the winds it gets very little rain and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year!
Stroll down the main road of Alii Drive and you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. But look closer and you’ll also discover some very important Hawaii Island historic spots. Hulihee Palace and the Mokuaikaua Church are both located right on Alii Drive. King Kamehameha I spent his later years living near the current site of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort until his passing in 1819. The Ahuena Heiau, located on the grounds of the hotel, is a reconstructed temple rebuilt by Kamehameha himself and is on the register of National Historic Landmarks. Kailua Pier is a great place to watch the sunset and is also the starting and finishing point of the Ironman World Championship (October).
Kona is also known for its coffee which is grown on the slopes of Mount Hualalai.
Kona has several hotels, resorts and condos. however make sure to book in advance during the Billfish Tournament and Ironman Championships as accommodation tends to book out.