"Kona and Kau" Kailua-Kona by makai

Kailua-Kona Travel Guide: 372 reviews and 868 photos

Each island has a kona coast which is the leeward side, however there is only one Kona. This is the long western side on the big island guarded by those two 14,000 foot twin titans, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Here you will find dryer and warmer climates, spectacular sunsets, and historical sites.
This is also where you will feel the pulse of entrepreneurs vying for the tourist trade, and large and small construction projects mushrooming as corporations and retirees invest in a rapidly disappearing dream.
Although there is at least as much construction activity happening on the windward side of the island, you feel it more here since it is concentrated in a relatively smaller network of roads which tend to hug the coast more here due to the rapid altitude change from makai to mauka in Kona.
Pictured sunrise looking south from the pier to the main part of Kailua, See the bouys marking the edge of the swim area. It is here where the triathlon starts.
For narrated pictures see my Kona and Kau travel page at: <a href="http://pahoahi.tripod.com/kona/kona.htm" target=twain>http://pahoahi.tripod.com/kona/kona.htm</a>

  • Last visit to Kailua-Kona: Mar 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 25, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    I am very anxtious to come back home! I have a wonderful job and stayed in the hostle behind mcdonalds in Kona. My boyfriend and I will need a place neer town while finding an appartment. othrlvluv@yahoo.com

  • Jul 21, 2005 at 12:53 PM

    Thanks for your page. It is sometimes hardest to write about the places we live, as we don't see it through the rose-colored glasses of a tourist. You present some lovely less visited parts of the big island.

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    Feb 16, 2004 at 11:19 AM

    Cannot believe that I am first to comment on this excellent group of pages. Text is so helpful, intelligent, informative, interesting..using it for my daughter's upcoming honeymoon on Kona..used yours for the personal travel pages.

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