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Visit Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)

Visit Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)

Located just 15 minutes south of Kona International Airport, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a lively seaside town in the heart of the sunny Kona Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village and a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, Kailua Village is now a destination for ...

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Explore Hilo

Explore Hilo

Hilo is located on the lush east side of Hawaii Island (the “Big Island”), the town frames a beautiful crescent bay. A 1.6 mile-long breakwater wall creates a protected harbor perfect for watersports and craft of all sizes, from paddleboards to cruise ships. Frequent ...

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Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Black sand beaches can be found all over the Big Island of Hawaii, but Punalu’u Beach located on the island’s southeast shore, is the most popular and one of the most beautiful. This beach is easily accessible and boasts a shore of shiny, jet black sand, made up ...

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South Point (Ka Lae)

South Point (Ka Lae)

Ka Lae, which is Hawaiian for South Point, is a rocky outcropping that stretches to meet the Pacific Ocean at a latitude of 18°55’N. The area’s main community, Naalehu, sits at 19°3?57?N, making it America’s southernmost town. In fact, Naalehu is 497 miles ...

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Surfing on the Big Island

Surfing on the Big Island

Surfing was literally the “Sport of Kings” in Hawaii, reserved only for the alii (royalty). Today on Hawaii Island, you can either watch this exciting sport from the safety of the shore or experience the rush of catching a wave yourself by taking a surfing ...

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Portuguese Stone Oven Baking

Portuguese Stone Oven Baking

The Kona Historical Society practices the traditional art of baking Portuguese bread in a large wood-fired forno, located in the pasture below the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, every Thursday from about 10:00am until 1:00pm you can see staff and people from the community ...

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Merriman’s Waimea

Merriman’s Waimea

A Big Island treasure for over 20 years, Merriman’s Waimea is Chef Peter Merriman’s flagship restaurant, located in picturesque upcountry Waimea. Praised by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times for their locally sourced menu and exciting preparations, Merriman’s ...

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Manta Ray Diving

Manta Ray Diving

The mysterious manta ray is one of the largest fishes in the ocean with wingspans of up to 20 feet or more and Hawaii Island offers your best opportunity to encounter these amazing creatures. As intimidating as these otherworldly mantas look, they are actually quite ...

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is located on the Island of Hawai’i, 96 miles from Kailua-Kona and 30 miles from Hilo. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was established in 01 Aug 1916 as Hawai’i National Park, and on 22 Sep 1961, its name was changed to Hawai’i Volcanoes ...

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Kona Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company

Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island is the site of Kona Brewing Company’s brewery and first restaurant. The brewpub opened in November 1998. Prominently featured ohia wood found throughout the pub came from South Kona. An enormous mahogany log that washed ashore in Kailua Bay

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