At Holualoa vacation rentals, you’ll love the cooler elevations! Enjoy this quieter part of Kona, and its convenience to all kinds of great attractions. Wake up to the beautiful ocean view as you have your morning coffee on the lanai, and get ready for the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see!
Welcome to Coffee Country
Holualoa is just a few miles upland of historic Kailua-Kona, but the contrast couldn’t be greater. Where Kailua is hot and dry, Holualoa is comfortably cool, blessed with refreshing afternoon rain showers. It’s the lush tropical paradise you’ve been dreaming of, truly! This classic little coffee village is also home to lots of artists, so little roadside galleries abound. Holualoa really comes alive on special days like First Fridays and the annual Kona Coffee Festival, when merchants stay open late, and music and delicious food are everywhere. Come catch the buzz of this great historic coffee village!
The Kona Coast
Kona is an awesome landing spot for your Hawaiʻi Island getaway. The weather is almost always sunny and beautiful, and there’s tons to do. Possibly no place else in the world has such a great variety of ocean activities for you to try. There’s parasailing, scuba diving, and surfing for the adventurous; snorkeling, whale watching, and kayaking for the more moderate set. Take the kids on a glass-bottom boat excursion to easily view the colorful reef fish; take a romantic dinner cruise and watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Aliʻi Drive offers many convenient land activities as well, such as strolling along the shops and exploring some fascinating historic sites. Don’t miss a tour of Huliheʻe Palace, once a summer home for Hawaiʻi’s royalty, nor the impressive Mokuʻaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in Hawaiʻi. Be sure to step into the lobby of the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel and see the famous paintings of Herb Kane, depicting traditional Hawaiian life and Hawaiʻi’s monarchs. Or just relax on the pier with a tropical-flavored ice cream cone in hand, watching the local canoe clubs paddle out in the afternoon.
When you’re ready to step beyond Kona, you’re sure to find many adventures awaiting you. The beaches of the west side alone are enough to fill your vacation! Head north to Hāpuna, the longest stretch of white sand on the island, or south to Kealakekua, where the snorkeling is unparalleled. The best way to snorkel in Kealakekua Bay is via a boat ride from Keauhou Pier, which is itself another great place for water sports. Make sure you practice first in shallow water, and remember to use reef-safe sunscreen!
If you’re not in a beach mood, don’t worry! Head out for a drive around the island, and spend the day visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Marvel at the many unique landscapes around the vast crater, and hike as much or as little as you like. Even if you don’t hike at all, there’s plenty to see, including the Visitors’ Center, Jaggar Museum and Overlook, the Steam Vents, and Volcano Art Center. On your way back to Kona, stop by Punaluʻu black sand beach and see the green sea turtles resting on the shore.
If you choose to drive all the way around the island instead, you can spend a pleasant afternoon walking around the Bayfront region of the town of Hilo. This is the biggest city on the island, but it still retains a charming old-town feeling. Many artisans and local businesses maintain great shops here along the bay. There are also several fascinating museums, including Lyman House Museum, the home of one of Hilo’s original missionary families, Mokupapapa Discovery Center, a free-admission center for learning about the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument, and the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Hilo is also home to some great Japanese cuisine, as well as a great farmers’ market with many exotic fruits.
Those who love wild places will definitely want to plan a stop at Ka Lae, also known as South Point. Not only is it the southernmost point of the island, but it’s a fascinating and unique landscape that you’ll always remember. Gaze in wonder at the open ocean directly below you, as you stand on the steep cliffs that drop down to the sea. Wonder what life was like for the original inhabitants of this island, who first came ashore here at Ka Lae. You can still see their old canoe mooring holes carved in the rocks here today.
Many wonders await! Start planning your trip today! Holualoa homes are waiting for you.