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Ranked #1 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
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Ranked #2 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Zoos
Owner description: The Three Ring Ranch is a private, USDA licensed, non-profit, exotic animal sanctuary located on five acres above Kona. It is... more » Owner description: The Three Ring Ranch is a private, USDA licensed, non-profit, exotic animal sanctuary located on five acres above Kona. It is home to zebras, nene, hawks, owls, flamingos and reptiles, as well as many other rare, endangered and exotic animals. « less
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Ranked #3 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
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Category: Beaches
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Ranked #4 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #5 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Other
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Ranked #6 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Other
Owner description: Rich in historical, cultural, and environmental treasures, Kahalu'u Bay welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, making... more » Owner description: Rich in historical, cultural, and environmental treasures, Kahalu'u Bay welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, making it West Hawai'i's most popular tourist destination. Kahalu'u Bay Education Center is a partnership between The Kohala Center and the County of Hawai'i to revive and revitalize Kahalu'u Bay and Beach Park. The center is open every day from 9:30 a.M. To 4:30 p.M. And rents snorkel gear onsite. (We are closed on the day of the Ironman Triathlon and during hazardous surf/weather conditions.) Through volunteer-driven educational programs such as ReefTeach and Citizen Science, Kahalu'u Bay Education Center promotes and measures the positive impacts of environmental stewardship to ensure the bay remains a healthy and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. Come spend a beautiful day at Kahalu'u Bay and see our beautiful honu (green sea turtles), corals and fish! We look forward to welcoming you! « less
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Ranked #7 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and... more » Owner description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges. « less
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Ranked #8 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: National Parks; Nature and Parks

almost unknown it has a visitor center and great turtle watching along with hawaiian fish ponds   use your golden eagle pass . Has many remote beaches more »

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Ranked #9 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Aquariums
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Ranked #10 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is the highest grown coffee in the state of Hawaii and... more » Owner description: Up in the rain forest above Kona, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation is the highest grown coffee in the state of Hawaii and the largest organic coffee farm in the state as well. 2011 Good Food Awards 1st place winner and 2011 & 2012 Kona Cream of the Crop 1st place winner. 2012 & 2013 SIAL Golden Bean award winner (international competition held in Canada). 2013 Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Contest: 1st place Kona District and 1st place Commercial Division. Mountain Thunder offers Free tours daily on the hour every hour between 10am and 4pm (1st tour starts at 10am, last tour starts at 4pm) and VIP tours and roasting lessons available by appointment only. Cost ranges from $65.00 - $199.00 call for reservations. « less
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Ranked #11 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Founded in 1838, this site is where the Hawaiian monarchy resided.
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Ranked #12 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #13 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; History Museums; Tours
Owner description: Step back in time to an authentic living history experience where historical sites present you with a vivid and unforgettable... more » Owner description: Step back in time to an authentic living history experience where historical sites present you with a vivid and unforgettable story of Hawai’i's past. Come experience the 1880’s in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum where the shopkeeper will help you gather your supplies for your trip up Kona mauka. The mingled aromas of coffee beans and oranges blend together again, just as they did over 100 years ago when goods were sold here in the heydey of Kona ranching. On Thursdays, visitors and locals alike, line up to buy the sweet bread coming out of the Portuguese stone oven.Come join us! You won’t leave this place without feeling you have experienced a rare glimpse into Hawai`i’s colorful past. « less
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Ranked #14 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Beaches
Hawaii beach with white sand and good surf.
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Ranked #15 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Kona Whale Watching and Sport Fishing... more » Owner description: Kona Whale Watching and Sport Fishing Charters--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Year-round, off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii Recommended by Travel BooksCaptain Tom BottrellLiving Ocean Adventures offers personalized boat charters (six-passengers maximum) with owner-operator Captain Tom Bottrell, a professionally trained marine ecologist and USCG licensed Master since 1977, aboard his Bertram 31' Sportfisherman SPINNER. Captain Tom sailed into Kona in 1975 with Project Jonah to study whales and dolphins, and has been here ever since. « less
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Ranked #16 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Marinas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #17 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Founded in 1836 by Boston missionaries.
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Ranked #18 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Marinas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #19 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #20 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Neighborhoods; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Lots of shops, bars and restaurants
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Ranked #21 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Scenic Drives
This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."
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Ranked #22 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: See the future now with Friends of NELHA and experience a fascinating tour of Hawaii Ocean Science Technology Park near... more » Owner description: See the future now with Friends of NELHA and experience a fascinating tour of Hawaii Ocean Science Technology Park near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. FON tours showcase the development of renewable energy resources and uses of cold deep seawater and warm surface seawater in innovative aquaculture and mariculture activities and much more. This is a one-of-kind science and technology site in the world, an exciting learning experience and a must-see stop on the Big Island. FON offers public presentations and tours of selected NELHA energy and aquaculture projects Monday through Friday at 10 am, excluding holidays. Reservations are required for Friday's Grand Tour. Friends of NELHA (Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority) is a nonprofit organization providing education and outreach in support of sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. « less
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Ranked #23 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Many artists are galleries are found here
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Ranked #25 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Beaches; State Parks
Located on the main island of Hawaii, this park also contains a beach.
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Ranked #26 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #27 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #29 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #30 of 53 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks

a peaceful spot at the end of the road where hundreds died in a battle pitting new ways of thinking/living against the traditional ways.  A nice place to sit and contemplate life... more »

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