The Top 4 Things to do in Kona
Taking a family vacation is always fun, but there are only so many road trips that can be taken before you yearn for something more. While it takes some saving and significant planning, a Hawaiian Vacation might be right for your family. While Oahu is great for seeing Pearl Harbor and Waikiki, it’s a very bustling place and not as well suited for a family vacation. Maui is the hot honeymoon spot, and Kauai is a close second. For a family vacation, the Big Island is just right. Here are four things to do while you’re in Kona, Hawaii.
1. The Historic Kailua Village is a great place to stay and play. This is the heart of the Kona district and actually where King Kamehameha spent his final years in Hawaii. Here you’ll find, shops, restaurants and even night life for when the kids fall asleep. Tour the historic Hulihee Palace and the Mokuaikaua Church.
2. The Kaloko-Honokohau National Hisotrical Park is another must see in Kona. This park features fishponds, sea turtles, birds and Hawaiian monk seal. Your kids will enjoy the sacred temples and petroglyphs and they can see how native Hawaiians survived on the rugged shores of Kona.
3. Another state park is Kealakekua Bay. This site is important because it’s a marine life conservation district, making it great for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. The historical significance is that this is where Captain James Cook first landed on Hawaii Island. Cook was the first British explorer to land in Hawaii in 1778. He was actually killed in a battle with native Hawaiians at the bay one year after he arrived on the island. An obelisk memorializes his death.
4. Finally, Kona may be most famous for the coffee produced in this region of Hawaii. There are literally hundreds of coffee farms in Kona and several offer tours to the public. Do some research online to find which offer tours and get a taste of the delicious Kona coffee while seeing how it’s grown. If you happen to visit in November, check out the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Historic Kailua Village!
Taking a family vacation to the Big Island will be an experience your family will never forget. There is plenty to do and the options above are just a taste of what this island has to offer! Between Volcanoes National Park, Kona and Hilo, your family is sure to enjoy their time on the Big Island.
Written By: Leo Malagon