About Kailua-Kona

With over 300 days of sunshine, miles of pristine beaches, and overwhelmingly friendly locals, it's no surprise that Kailua-Kona is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. Visit Naniloa Drive for surf shops and boutiques offering stylish beach wear, or head to Alii drive for amazing restaurants serving up traditional Hawaiian cuisine.

Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Kailua-Kona:

  • Coffee Plantations: Bayview Farms is the best place on the island to tour a coffee plantation and try free samples.
  • Try Surfing: Rent a board, take a lesson with a local surfing pro, or be adventurous and try riding the waves on your own.
  • Go to the Beach: It wouldn't be a Hawaiian vacation without spending some afternoons on Kailua-Kona's amazing beaches.

The perfect weather year-round allows Kailua-Kona to host a number of major events and festivals throughout the year. Sample local brews during the Kona Brewers Festival in March, watch dancers perform every April in the biggest hula spectacle in the world known as the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, or watch movies from Hawaii's top filmmakers at the Big Island Film Festival in May.

Whether you're looking for a condo with beach views, or a villa near the restaurants and shopping in town, there's a vacation rental available in Kailua-Kona that's right for you.

If you wish to explore other parts of the island, Kona is small enough that any part of the island can be reached in two hours or less by car. Visit the black sand beach of Waipi'o Valley or the massive volcanoes found throughout Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.