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Kailua-Kona
Coffee drinkers will recognize Kona as the source of some of the best beans in the world. Get your blood pumping with a walk along the “Royal Footsteps” waterfront stretch of Alii Drive, or take stargazing to the next level with a nighttime visit to the summit of Mauna Kea. Waterfalls, volcanoes, and soft black sands are just some of the natural features that make Kailua unique. Shimmy your hips at a hula-filled luau, or get an eyeful of native history at the Kamakahonu compound.

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Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Kea Summit
At 13,796 feet, this peak offers an incredible view of lava, desert, the valley and Mauna Loa.
Attraction type: Mountains
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Three Ring Ranch
Three Ring Ranch
Owner description: The Three Ring Ranch is a private, USDA licensed, non-profit, exotic animal sanctuary located in Kona. It is home to zebras, nene, hawks, owls, flamingos and reptiles, as well as... more Owner description: The Three Ring Ranch is a private, USDA licensed, non-profit, exotic animal sanctuary located in Kona. It is home to zebras, nene, hawks, owls, flamingos and reptiles, as well as many other rare, endangered and exotic animals. We host educational excursions by appointment only. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
Attraction type: Beaches
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Kahalu'u Bay Education Center
Kahalu'u Bay Education Center
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... 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
Attraction type: Other
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Da Poke Shack
Da Poke Shack
Ranked #1 of 238 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Scandinavian Shave Ice
Scandinavian Shave Ice
Ranked #2 of 238 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
TJ'S BBQ by the beach
TJ'S BBQ by the beach
Ranked #3 of 238 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Barbecue
Umekes
Umekes
Ranked #4 of 238 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price: $7 - $10
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
Ranked #5 of 238 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kona Tiki Hotel
Kona Tiki Hotel
$56 - $112
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
Koa Wood Hale - Patey's Place Hostel
Koa Wood Hale - Patey's Place Hostel
$27 - $52
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Kona Magic Sands
Kona Magic Sands
$85 - $135
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nancy's Hideaway
Nancy's Hideaway
$130 - $150
Ranked #4 of 12 Kailua-Kona B&B and Inns
Big Island Retreat
Big Island Retreat
$125 - $145
Ranked #5 of 12 Kailua-Kona B&B and Inns
Kona Sugar Shack
Kona Sugar Shack
$150 - $1,200

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu
$820 - $1,511
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
4.0 of 5
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
$201 - $302
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
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