Top 10 Things to Do in Kona, HI
Explore the Big Island of Hawaii!
From natural wonders to historic sites to some of the world’s best coffee, there are a wide variety of things to do in Kona. Explore the beautiful landscape surrounding our hotel and some of the many things to do on the Big Island.
Top 10 Things to Do in Kona
Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau)
A national park located approximately 30 miles south of the hotel, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, the Place of Refuge, is open daily to the public. 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 of Kona, the park is open 24 hours daily year-round. An entrance fee gains you access to the park, along with 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.
Kona Coffee Tasting Tour
Hawaii is famous for its deliciously strong Kona coffee. Find out how the magic happens by taking a self-guided coffee tasting tour today! Covering approximately 20 miles of the scenic mountainside above Kailua-Kona, these 600 specialty coffee farms are the only place in the world where certified Kona coffee is produced. Add a spattering of mills, roasters, retail outlets and museums, and you've got the perfect excuse for a rejuvenating – and literally priceless –tour of one of Hawaii's finest export operations.
Rest, recuperate and relax on the soft sands of a Hawaiian beach. Enjoy the mild waters and mountain-protected waves of the western coast. Snorkel at Hilo and Kona, where gradually sloped ocean floors allow underwater tourists a gentle entry into the crystal clear waters. Witness the strikingly beautiful black and green sand beaches of the southern coast. All these beaches are available for your leisurely enjoyment any time of the day or night, at no cost.
Drive Saddle Road
Looking for an adventure? While Hawaii lulls its visitors into a peaceful state with softly crashing waves, easy breezes, and days of leisure, you can easily up your adrenaline with a drive across Saddle Road. Spanning a high valley between the two great mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, this interior shortcut between East and West Hawaii leads drivers through a thrillingly wide variety of eco, climactic, and geologic zones as you climb up to a stupefying 6,000 feet and wind your way back down again.
Hike to King Kamehameha's Birthplace
West of Hawaii near the ruins of Mo'okini Heiau, King Kamehameha's birthplace is breathtaking to behold. Considered one of Hawaii's most significant historic sites, this enormous sacrificial temple dating from about 480 A.D. spans the length of a football field. The king's birthplace, marked by a plaque, is a few hundred yards away from the heiau. On the third Saturday of each month, you can witness Hawaiian history as the Leimomo Mookini Lum, whose ancestors built the temple, clean the site and share family lore about the temple and its beginnings.
Boiling Pots of Wailuku River
Boiling water? The Boiling Pots of Wailuku River are definitely something you have to see to believe…and don't forget to take pictures! Just about two miles upstream from Rainbow Falls, heavy Hawaiian rains churn the river through a succession of "pots." When the water flows beneath a level of old lava, it suddenly bubbles up as if it were boiling. While you can see these "pots" from the parking area, a hike down the trail to the water's edge is infinitely more exciting. We do recommend, however, that you refrain from stepping in.
Lava Flows at Kalapana
No visit to Hawaii would be complete without at least a glimpse of molten lava as it pours into the sea. From this perfectly safe vantage point, you'll be able to take photos that you'll treasure long after your Hawaiian adventure has ended. The viewing area is located at the end of Highway 130 in the Puna district and is open from 5pm until 8pm, though no cars are allowed to enter the parking area after 8pm.