There Is No Where Like It On Earth
Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona served as the seat of power for King Kamehameha I. It is rich in historic significance, and is home to both Ahu‘ena, the last royal residence of King Kamehameha, and the first Christian church established in Hawai‘i — Mokuaikaua Church.
Now the center of commerce on the west side of the Big Island, this charming town offers a variety of shops and restaurants, some, run by families for several generations. Dining experiences run the gamut from All-American fare to Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian and more. This is also home to the annual Kona Coffee Festival, Hawai‘i’s oldest food festival, located just a few minutes from Hokuli‘a.