With vast mountains, active volcanoes, and pristine beaches all around, there are many things to do in Kona for artists. Respect for the land runs deep in the Hawaiian culture, as is evident in local music, dance, and art. Explore the depth behind the people and land through the art and culture scene on this beautiful island.
Merrie Monarch Festival – Things To Do In Kona
Merrie Monarch is a weeklong celebration of hula, in which halau (hula schools) from every island as well as the mainland flock to participate and compete. Held in Hilo following Easter Sunday in March–April, this is one of the premier things to do in Kona that those interested in Hawaiian culture and hula will not want to miss.
Check Out Art Galleries that Reflect the Big Island’s Unique Landscape
Enjoy pieces that reflect the unique geography of the Big Island at galleries such as the Volcano Art Center in the town of Volcano and Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery in Hilo. The Volcano Art Center features both traditional and contemporary work that is inspired by Hawaii’s unique environment and rich cultural heritage. They offer a regular schedule of interactive classes, such as stained glass, mixed media, basketry, and clay. These classes provide a great opportunity to learn from local artists. The Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery offers a stunning look at the natural extremes present on the Big Island through the lens of photographer Bruce Omori. From explosive volcanic action to soothing seascapes, Omori’s photos offer a surreal look at the beautiful Big Island that will inspire any aspiring photographer.
Soak Up Hawaiian Culture at a Luau
Kailua-Kona is home to one of the island’s highest ranked luaus, Island Breeze. The grounds of Kamehameha the Great’s former estate set the backdrop for this amazing performance. It begins dramatically with the royal court paddling in aboard an outrigger canoe. Learn more about the history and culture of Hawaii through an enjoyable evening of hula, songs, and a traditional Hawaiian feast.
At Kona Coast Vacations, we have over 210 vacation rental properties available and have been matching travelers with their ideal rental for over 11 years. The majority of our properties are located along the Kona Coast and Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island (Big Island), putting you in perfect proximity to the island’s best nature and wildlife activities. For more information about the best places to stay or things to do while on the Big Island, please contact us at (808) 329-2140 or 1-877-322-2407.