Kona, Hawaii - The Big Island
Hawaii Area Hotels
Just about anywhere you roam on the Big Island, the natural beauty is breathtakingly unforgettable. Kona offers a glimpse into its rich cultural history while inspiring artists, athletes and those simply desiring to be renewed by the island's mystery. Many Hawaii hotels provide comfortable accommodations on the Big Island, but none saturated in history and a rich tradition of hospitality like King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. As you plan your visit, we encourage you to step off the beaten path, explore the wild beauty of Kona and prepare for an adventure that will make a lasting impression.
Place of Refuge
A national park and located approximately 30 miles south of the hotel, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, the Place of Refuge, is open daily to the public. During the early years of Hawaiian civilization, the Place of Refuge served Hawaii as a sacred sanctuary for people who broke kapu (sacred laws). Kapu-breakers' lives would be saved only if they could safely reach this area. Features at the park include ancient fishponds, thatched roof homes, heiau or temples and ancient rock walls. Live demonstrations of ancient Hawaiian craft such as the building of canoes and tikis are also held in the park.
Historical and scenic sites that include the Place of Refuge and the Painted Church nestled along the hillside overlooking Kealakekua Bay, where famous explorer Captain Cook met his fate in 1779.
Volcanoes National Park
Approximately 95 miles east from Kona, the park is open 24 hours daily all year round. An entrance fee gains you access to the park and the Kilauea Visitor Center. Also inside the park are the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, The Volcano House, Thurston Lava Tube and scenic vistas.
Hilo and the East Coast
Hawaii's second largest city, Hilo is the administrative capital of the Big Island and full of interesting diversions. At the north end of town along the Wailuku River is Rainbow Falls. Northward of Hilo is Waipio Valley with its scenic gorges.