Nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano, is the main western city of Kailua-Kona. In ancient times, this area was considered the premier place to live due to the excellent weather and good water. Many kings made their homes here. Later, missionaries built churches and residences turning the tiny fishing village into a small seaport.
The main street, Ali'i Drive, runs along the oceanfront through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamo'o Battlefield. This charming town mixes numerous historical sites with modern tourist attractions. Restaurants, shops, and hotels abound. Sunsets viewed from the seawall are almost always spectacular.
The renowned annual Ironman Triathlon starts in Kailua-Kona just to the left of Kailua Pier. Athelets swim 2.4 miles in open ocean starting at this site. Afterwards they ride bikes for 112 miles through lava fields and then run 26.2 additional miles to complete this rugged course.
Local artisan captures the beauty of this quaint seaside town.
Sunset from the seawall of Kailua Bay.
Sunset invites locals and tourists alike to view it captivating beauty.
Sites to See:
King Kamemeha Hotel
Limited public parking located on side streets and public lots
Numerous small shops and a variety of restaurants
Historical and religious sites
Charter boats and cruises
Take Highway 19 south from Kona Airport. At Mile Marker #100, turn right on Palani Road. Continue to the end of the road which will bear left onto Ali'i Drive and the heart of the city.