Kailua-Kona (usually just Kona) is a great place to start exploring the big island in part because of the great weather. Kona gets very little rain and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, in contrast to Hilo which has waterfalls and rainbows in abundance. The big island is a pretty laid back place, and Kona is a great place to wind yourself down to the slower island pace before getting out to some of the more remote areas of the island.
Kona and the surrounding area is home to historical sites (King Kamehameha was born on the big island and used to live here), great snorkeling, lots of great restaurants, golf courses, a brewery, and Kona coffee farms. You’ll find most everything in town on or near Ali’i Drive, and a variety of attractions within a 10-15 mile driving distance.
Browse our Kona interactive map or use the links provided below.