Kona is a region located along the western shoreline of Hawaii’s big island. From historical sites and places of cultural interest to beach and water activities and hiking, Kona has something for everyone interested in Big Island Hawaii vacations. If you are considering a trip to this region of the Hawaiian islands, here are some places you may want to check out during your stay at your chosen kona accommodation:
Historical and cultural sites
The Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve boasts over 1,200 petroglyphs created by ancient Hawaiians. You can view them during an easy hike along a walking trail that spans three miles.
Hulihee Palace is a beach estate that was constructed in the first half of the 19th century. It served as a summer palace for King Kalakaua. It is built from lava rock and decorated with authentic Hawaiian furniture and carvings. Across the street from Hulihee is Moku’aikaua Church, which was constructed in 1836 and is also made from real lava rock. It is the first Christian church ever established in Hawaii.
The Mo’okini Heiau ruins is a massive, ancient sacrificial temple that was built in 490 AD. A few yards away is where King Kamehameha was born in 1758. He officially established the kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Visitors can easily hike to these locations and visit the ruins, as well as a statue and plaque commemorating one of the most significant rulers of Hawaii.
Beaches and natural attractions
Not far from your kona vacation rental are a variety of white (and black) sand beaches where you can sunbathe or go for a swim in the clear, turquoise waters. These beaches also offer excellent snorkeling adventures for the whole family. It is not uncommon to spot green sea turtles or have a close encounter with dolphins.
Kona is famous for its world class Kona coffee. You can take the family on a coffee tasting tour, experiencing one of the best coffees available while admiring the massive span of coffee farms and learning about how it is produced.
To see the mechanics behind how the Hawaiian islands were formed, Kona also has areas where visitors can view and photograph molten lava flows as they empty into the ocean. The Lava Tree State Monument allows you to see perfect molds of trees that were absorbed during a lava flow in 1790.
Your stay at kona hawaii rentals will allow you easy access to these and many other opportunities to enjoy the Kona region of the big island. There are dozens of beautiful hiking trails and picnic areas, as well as zoos and museums where you can meet indigenous wildlife and learn about Hawaii’s unique cultural history. It is a good idea to plan your days in advance so you can enjoy the experience without being rushed. Also remember to bring bottled water with you, as many of the hiking trails are remote and do not have sources of drinking water.