Kona at a Glance



Kailua-Kona is in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. It is the center of commerce and of the tourist industry on the West side of the "Big Island." The city is served by Kona International Airport.

The community was established by King Kamehameha I to be his seat of government when he was chief of Kona before he consolidated rule of the Hawaiian Islands, and it later became the capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Hawaii. The capital later moved to Lahaina, then, to Honolulu. Royal fishponds at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park were the hub of unified Hawaiian culture. The town later functioned as a retreat of the Hawaiian royal family. Up until the late 1900s, Kailua-Kona was primarily a small fishing village.[4] In the late 20th and early 21st centuries the region has undergone a real estate and construction boom fueled by tourism and investment.

Weather: Kona has a tropical, semi-arid climate with warm temperatures year-round. Because of this, Kailua-Kona gets less rainfall than the East coast and Hilo. The coolest month is February, with a daily average temperature of 74.6 °F (23.7 °C), while the warmest is August, with a daily average of 81.0 °F (27.2 °C). Humidity is generally between 50% and 70%. Kona is generally dry, with an average annual precipitation of 18.4 inches (467 mm).

Translation: 80-85 degrees is a normal temperature here in Kona!

Events: Kailua-Kona is the start and finish of the annual Ironman World Championship Triathlon, the annual Kona Coffee Festival, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.

Kona Coffee is the variety of cultivated on the slopes of Hualālai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts.

Alii Drive: Kailua-Kona's oceanfront downtown street, starts at Kailua Pier. It has also been given the designation as a Hawaii Scenic Byway called the "Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast". This byway offers archaeological sites that have survived over hundreds of years. Kailua Pier is the starting and finishing point for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon held every October.

Hawaiian Palaces: North of the pier is the Kamakahonu royal residence and Ahuʻena Heiau. Another royal residence is Huliheʻe Palace, used by members of the Hawaiian royal family until 1914. The Historic Kona Inn and other shops are on the street. Churches on the drive include Mokuaikaua Church, Hawaii's first Christian church built in 1820, and Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

Kona Parks include Laʻaloa Bay (also known as Magic Sands or White Sands Beach) and Kahaluʻu Bay, which has some of Hawaii's best snorkeling.

Keauhou: South of Kona is Keauhou Bay, a historic area in the Kona District of the Big Island of Hawaii. The name comes from ke au hou which means "the new era" in the Hawaiian Language.

Keauhou includes a number of resorts and timeshares, the Keauhou Shopping Center, two golf courses, residential condos and single-family residences. The largest convention center in Kona is located at the Keauhou Sheraton which hosts a number events during the year.

There is a small boat ramp, used for some trips to Kealakekua Bay, and the Keauhou Canoe Club for canoe races.

Travel South: Another route south to the town of Kealakekua is the Alii bypass road, which includes a monument to a conflict between property developers and the County. The bypass is open from 6am to 6pm to cars.

This also leads you to Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, and the best skoreling on the island.

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