Just outside the beating heart of downtown Kona, tucked away where the island whispers its secrets to the palm trees, lies a dining gem waiting to be discovered: Jackie Rey’s Kailua-Kona. Imagine this: you escape the bustling Ali’i Drive, leaving the souvenir shops and luau flyers behind. The trade winds brush your face, carrying the scent of plumeria and the distant tang of the sea. Then, nestled amidst vibrant flora, a splash of island color catches your eye.

Hawaii Sunset glowing through a surfboard

That’s Jackie Rey’s. A vibrant mosaic of turquoise and coral invites you in, promising a taste of the authentic Kona. Inside, the air hums with laughter and the aroma of garlic butter mingles with the sweet, smoky kiss of mesquite. Friendly faces, both local and traveler, gather around worn wooden tables, sharing stories and platters piled high with island bounty.

Culinary Paradise

Jackie Rey’s is no ordinary restaurant. It’s a celebration of the sea, where the freshest catch of the day meets the island’s culinary traditions in a delicious dance. Picture plates overflowing with succulent prawns bathed in coconut cream, their tails curled like tiny question marks. Or imagine tender kalua pork, slow-cooked in an underground imu oven, its smoky richness melting on your tongue. And don’t forget the pupu platters, bursting with an array of island flavors: poke glistening with sesame oil, crispy coconut shrimp, and sweet Maui onions glazed in teriyaki. I’ll just give one more shoutout about the food: Molokai Purple Mashed Potatoes. Delicious!

Hilo Location

If you find yourself in Hilo, stop at Jackie Rey’s Hilo location. Hilo takes a different culinary approach than its Kona counterpart, specializing in what they call “Island Fusion Cuisine.” This means you can expect a delightful blend of Hawaiian, Asian, and mainland American influences, all bursting with fresh, local ingredients.

Start your meal with a Hilo favorite, the Ahi Poke Nachos. Imagine crispy wonton chips piled high with chunks of ahi tuna marinated in a lip-tingling soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger dressing. Avocado, pickled onions, and a dollop of creamy wasabi add textural and flavor contrasts that will have you reaching for another chip.

But Jackie Rey’s is more than just food. It’s an experience. The clinking of glasses as locals raise a toast to the setting sun, painting the sky in fiery hues. The strum of a ukulele in the corner, weaving tales of ancient voyagers and island spirits. It’s the infectious laughter ringing out, fueled by good food, good company, and the aloha spirit that permeates the very air.

So, if you find yourself in Kona, don’t just walk the well-trodden path. Seek out the hidden gem beyond the crowds. Let Jackie Rey’s Kailua-Kona introduce you to the true taste of the island, where every bite is a story, every laugh a shared aloha, and every meal an unforgettable memory.

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The history of Hawaii before it became a U.S. state is rich and diverse. Hawaiian history and culture reflects a complex interplay of Polynesian settlers, European contact, missionary influence, and geopolitical changes that ultimately led to its integration into the United States. The legacy of this history continues to shape the cultural, social, and political landscape of Hawaii today.

Hawai’i Island, also known as the Big Island, offers a variety of historical and cultural sites to explore. Here are some of the best historic and cultural sites to visit on Hawai’i Island:


Honokohau Beach at Sunset

Historic and Cultural Sites

  • Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge):
    • This ancient Hawaiian site served as a place of refuge for lawbreakers, where they could seek absolution. The park features reconstructed temples, fishponds, and wooden images.
  • Hulihe’e Palace:
    • Located in Kailua-Kona, this palace was a vacation residence for Hawaiian royalty. Today, it serves as a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center:
    • Located in Hilo, this center combines astronomy with Hawaiian culture. It features interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and displays that explore the connections between traditional Hawaiian navigation and modern astronomy.
  • Akaka Falls State Park:
    • While the main attraction is the stunning Akaka Falls, the park also offers a pleasant walk through lush rainforest where you can find traditional Hawaiian plants and learn about the island’s flora.
  • Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park:
    • This park preserves traditional Hawaiian culture and features fishponds, petroglyphs, and reconstructed ancient Hawaiian dwellings. It’s a great place to explore the island’s history and natural beauty.
    • This is also a great place to see Hawaiian Sea Turtles munching peacefully on algae.
  • Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay:
    • This monument marks the spot where Captain James Cook, the famous British explorer, was killed. The bay itself is a marine life conservation district and is excellent for snorkeling.
  • Lapakahi State Historical Park:
    • This park preserves an ancient Hawaiian fishing village, allowing visitors to see the remains of traditional houses, walls, and agricultural terraces. There’s a self-guided tour that provides insights into the daily life of the native Hawaiians.


Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park


  • Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site:
    • This historic site features a massive stone temple built by King Kamehameha I in the late 18th century. It played a significant role in his quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Mookini Luakini Heiau:
    • Located on the northern tip of the island, this ancient temple is one of the oldest and most significant on the island. It played a crucial role in early Hawaiian religion and is surrounded by a unique landscape.

Heiau, the ancient Hawaiian temples or sacred sites, hold significant cultural and spiritual importance. Climbing on heiau or engaging in any form of disrespect can be seen as culturally insensitive and disruptive to the spiritual energy of these places.

Step back in time to explore Hawaiian history and culture

Visitors to Hawaii, or any location with sacred sites, should be aware of and adhere to local cultural guidelines and practices. Many heiau are protected as historical and cultural sites, and it is important to treat them with reverence. Most sites have signs and guidelines indicating appropriate behavior, which often includes not climbing on the structures, removing rocks or artifacts, or engaging in any activities that could disturb the site.

Respecting the cultural heritage of a place contributes to the preservation of its history and allows visitors to appreciate the significance of these sites without causing harm or offense to the local community.

Check our blog for information about local events in the Kailua-Kona area.

There are several gardens to visit on the Big Island but a personal favorite for so many reasons is the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden. It took me a few years to get this onto my schedule and now I look forward to going back for more.

Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints, Then Take More Pictures

Make sure you have your camera ready because there’s a picture worthy snap around every corner! Around every bend there is a new amazing scene, a new orchid, an incredible fern, or an ocean view.

This is a 40-acre botanical garden and nature preserve located in the Onomea Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants from around the world, including palms, orchids, bromeliads, and heliconias. The garden also features a variety of trails, waterfalls, and streams.

Green Gecko on Red Flower

The garden was founded in 1977 by Dan and Pauline Lutkenhouse, who were inspired by the beauty and diversity of the Onomea Valley. They began by clearing invasive plants and trees from the land, and then they started planting a collection of tropical plants from all over the world. The garden opened to the public in 1984.

Today, the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a popular tourist destination and a valuable educational resource. It is also home to several research projects, and it plays an important role in the conservation of tropical plants.


Things To Do at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden

Here are some of the things you can do at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden:

  • Hike on the garden’s trails and admire the waterfalls and streams.
  • Visit the orchid garden and learn about the different types of orchids.
  • Explore the native plant garden and learn about the plants that are indigenous to Hawaii.
  • Take a guided tour of the garden and learn about its history and its plants.
  • Visit the garden’s gift shop and purchase souvenirs.
  • Have a picnic lunch in the garden’s picnic area.
  • Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden trails

The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.

Although this is my favorite there are several other beautiful gardens to visit on the Big Island. LoveBigIsland.com has a nice overview of some of the other gardens worth visiting.


Travel Tips for the Big Island

Did you see the title and think “every season is great”? You’re not wrong!

Path to the ocean with Palm trees

The simple answer is that it’s always beautiful in Hawai’i but let’s look at a few things to consider when you’re planning your trip. The most obvious consideration is the weather where you live. Is it October and you just got 4 inches of snow with the possibility of 79 more over the next 5 months? Or even worse, is it 40 degrees and rainy? Are you thinking about the -17 wind chill in your future? The consistent beautiful weather helps but other factors are crowds and prices throughout the year that can help you make the most out of your Hawaiian adventure. So let’s dive in and answer the question. What is the best season to visit Hawai’i?

Understanding the Seasons in Hawaii

Hawaii experiences minor temperature changes throughout the year, with an average daytime temperature of 85°F in the summer and 78°F in the winter. While the weather remains pleasant year-round, there are some variations in precipitation and surf conditions that can impact your trip.

Summer (June to August)

If you want to experience Hawaii at its best, summer is the ideal time to visit. The days are long, the weather is almost always sunny, and there’s a wide range of activities to enjoy. However, keep in mind that summer is also the peak season for traveling to the islands, as schools are out on summer break. This means higher prices on airfare and hotels, as well as busier beaches and activities. 

During the summer, south-facing shores like Waikiki on Oʻahu and Poʻipu on Kauaʻi offer excellent surfing opportunities. Additionally, there are numerous outdoor events and festivals taking place on every island. From the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade through Waikiki to Japanese temple bon dances, there’s something for everyone. Moreover, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the blooming plumeria trees and indulge in the abundance of mangoes available in restaurants and farmers’ markets across the state.

Fall (September to October)

Fall is typically the slower season for travel in Hawaii, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers. With fewer crowds and warm temperatures averaging a high of 88°F, you can enjoy a more relaxed and affordable vacation. Airfare from the US mainland tends to be at its lowest during this time, and finding deals on hotels is relatively easier.

While fall offers comfortable weather, it’s important to note that it is still hurricane season until November. Although the Islands have seen only a handful of significant hurricanes since 1950, it’s wise to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Most hurricanes hit the islands in late summer and early fall, so it’s always good to be prepared.

Winter (November to January)

Winter in Hawaii is a popular time to escape colder climates, resulting in increased tourism. The last two weeks of December through early January are the busiest times, with hotels and flights often booked to capacity. Prices for airfare and accommodations are at their highest during this period, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.

Despite the crowds, winter in Hawaii has its own unique charm. The best time to surf on the Big Island is November-April when the winds bring consistent north westerly swells. The fabled North Shore of Oʻahu experiences monster surf, attracting professional surfers from around the world. You can witness exciting surf contests such as the Triple Crown of Surfing and the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitation. Additionally, the Honolulu Marathon takes place in December, and the humpback whales start their annual migration to the warm Hawaiian waters, providing excellent opportunities for whale watching. Check out Body Glove Hawai’i for some amazing trips.

Late Winter (February and early March)

Late winter offers an excellent opportunity for budget travelers and those seeking a more relaxing vacation. With discounts on airfare and hotels, and fewer crowds at beaches, hiking trails, and popular attractions, you can enjoy a more tranquil Hawaiian experience. Check here for a list of great hikes. I would also add Pu’u O’o Trail which starts along the Saddle Road and takes you through several landscapes and in and out of Lava Flows. Although this period can be rainier than summer, the showers are usually localized and short-lived.

Spring (Mid-March to early April)

Spring is generally a slower time of year for travel in Hawaii. With cool and comfortable weather, it’s an ideal time for outdoor adventures with kids. The ocean is calm, making it perfect for snorkeling and swimming. In case of rain, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, such as visiting indoor playgrounds or attending a luau.


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Hawaii is a dream destination with its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and year-round sunshine. While any time is a good time to visit, understanding the seasonal variations in weather, crowds, and events can help you plan the perfect Hawaiian getaway. Whether you prefer the bustling summer atmosphere, the budget-friendly fall season, or the excitement of winter events, Hawaii offers something for everyone. It could be said that every season is the best season. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a truly unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!

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The beaches on the Big Island are amazing but there are also many beautiful hikes including the Makuala O’oma Trail hike in the Kaloko Cloud Forest. This cool, shady hike starts at Makahi Street is about a 4-mile loop trail in the Honua’ula Forest Reserve. The trail is well-maintained and offers moderate elevation gain, making it a good option for hikers of all levels. You can hike this clockwise or counterclockwise. This description takes you clockwise.

Trail Details

To start the hike, park on the side of the road at the Makahi Street trailhead. The trail begins with a steep descent through a lush forest of native Hawaiian trees and ferns. 

After about a mile, the trail reaches a flat section that winds through the forest. This section of the trail is particularly scenic, with views of towering trees and lush ferns.

After about two miles, the trail begins to climb back uphill. The climb is moderate, but there are a few steep sections. As you climb, you’ll pass by several viewpoints with stunning views of the Kona Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

At the top of the climb, you’ll reach the Makuala O’Oma Trail junction. Ahead of you are Mauka meadows and likely some grazing cows. Turn right to he

ad back to the Makahi Street trailhead. When you take the fourth right turn you’ll make your way back into the canopy. Somewhere along this area take a break to catch your breath and just listen to the sounds of the forest.

Plan Ahead

Yellow Flowers of the Kahili Ginger Plant

Hiking the Kaloko Cloud Forest in Kona takes about 2 hours to complete, depending on your pace and how many stops you make. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

Here are some additional tips for hiking the Kaloko Trail:

  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, as the trail can be slippery and uneven in some areas.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks, as thereare no services on the trail.
  • Be respectful of the native Hawaiian plants and animals.
  • Leave no trace: pack out all of your trash.

Another great hike takes you to a beautiful snorkeling spot in Kealakekua Bay

Additional information for this hike can be found here

KAILUA-KONA, October 30, 2023 — We are thrilled to announce that Kona Vacation Rentals has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Best of Kailua-Kona Award in the Vacation home rental agency category by the Kailua-Kona Award Program.

As one of the first vacation rental companies on the Kona Coast, established in 1986, Kona Vacation Rentals has a proven record of success. Our professional staff at KVR works tirelessly to optimize your valuable real estate investment, implementing strict rental policies, offering guest damage insurance, and ensuring guests sign our Reservation Agreement. We conduct thorough pre-arrival and post-departure inspections for each reservation to guarantee your property’s pristine condition after each guest’s stay. 

Family Owned and Operated

Kona Vacation Rentals is a family-owned and operated vacation rental company on the beautiful Kona Coast. We are three generations strong, having successfully managed properties on the Kona Coast since 1986. Our commitment to excellence and our deep-rooted experience and knowledge of the Kona Coast set us apart from many companies located on the mainland.

Aloha written in the sand

Our Commitment

We are truly honored to receive the 2023 Best of Kailua-Kona Award, and we believe this recognition is a testament to our unwavering dedication to our customers, our community, and our commitment to quality over quantity. We take great pride in enhancing the positive image of small businesses in the Kailua-Kona area through our services, contributing to making this region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

The Kailua-Kona Award Program

The Kailua-Kona Award Program meticulously reviewed a variety of sources of information to select the winners in each category, focusing on quality, not quantity. This recognition highlights the exceptional marketing success achieved by local businesses in their community and business category.


At Kona Vacation Rentals, we view this award as a recognition of our ongoing efforts to provide top-notch service, maintain the integrity of our properties, and ensure the utmost satisfaction of our guests. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Kailua-Kona Award Program for this honor and to our dedicated team for their hard work and commitment.


As your property representative, we pledge to continue handling all aspects related to guest satisfaction, maintenance, and more, and to maintain the high standards that have earned us this prestigious award. We look forward to serving you and the Kona Coast community for many years to come. 

Contact us to find the perfect spot for your next vacation.


Kailua-Kona, located on the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i, is a vibrant and lively place with plenty of exciting events and activities happening throughout the year. In October, the town comes alive with a variety of events that celebrate the local culture, arts, and natural beauty of the island. From music festivals to food truck festivals and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re planning a visit to Kailua-Kona in October, here’s a guide to what’s happening in our charming town.

Ongoing Events

Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show

Carved Hawaiian Tiki Totems along the ocean

Every Friday at Keauhou Shopping Center, you can enjoy a free Hawaiian music and hula show in the center courtyard from 6-7pm. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Hawai’i as talented musicians and graceful hula dancers take the stage. This weekly event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and artistry of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

First Friday After Dark in Holualoa

On the first Friday of every month, the quaint village of Holualoa comes alive with a block party. From 5:30-8:30pm, locals and visitors gather to explore the town’s art galleries and boutiques, listen to live music, and indulge in gourmet “grab and go” food. This festive event is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local art and culture scene 

while enjoying the warm hospitality of the community.

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. On October 22nd from 1-6 pm, the street transforms into a bustling market with local vendors and artists’ booths. Explore the vibrant stalls, shop for unique crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the stroll. This event is a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and artists while immersing yourself in the lively spirit of Kailua-Kona.


Highlighted Events in October

Astroday at 

Kona Commons Shopping Center

On October 7, head to Kona Commons Shopping Center for Astroday, an 

event dedicated to astronomy, robotics, and natural sciences. From 10 am to 3 pm, the shopping center will be filled with science demonstrations, activities, and informative exhibits. Meet scientists and educators, learn about the latest discoveries in astronomy, and even view the

surface of the sun through a solar telescope provided by the UH Institute for Astronomy. It’s a day of fun and educational exploration for learners of all ages.

Street Eats, a Kailua Village Food Truck Festival

On October 7, from 11 am to 5 pm, Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona will be transformed into a food lover’s paradise for Street Eats, a food truck festival. Enjoy a variety of delicious cuisines from a range of food trucks parked along the street. With a diverse selection of flavors and dishes to choose from, this event is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Explore the 

vibrant food scene of Kailua-Kona, savor mouthwatering treats, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the festival.

2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship

In 2023 the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i will host the very best female professional and age group triathlet

es from around the world. Their 140.6-mile journey will present the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit. The historic VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, Kailua-Kona race will take athletes through the clear waters of Kailua Bay, along the wind-swept coast, and through the barren lava fields of the Island of Hawai`i, providing a unique setting for the ultimate test of strength, grit and heart.

Taste of Hilo 2023

On October 15, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Taste of Hilo at Sangha Hall in Hilo. From 1-3 pm, the event showcases the culinary delights of East Hawai’i, featuring more than 30 local tastemakers and beverage purveyors. Sample a wide range of sweet and savory dishes created by talented chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, and indulge i

n locally crafted beer, wine, and sake. It’s a culinary journey through the flavors and ingredients unique to the islands, supporting Hawai’i Community College and celebrating the vibrant food scene of Hilo.

2023 Hawai’i Festival of Birds

On October 21, the 2023 Hawai’i Festival of Birds takes place in Hilo. This full-day event celebrates the diverse bird species found in the Hawaiian Islands. The festival includes a Bird Fair, where you can learn about bird conservation efforts, a Manu Hula Hōʻike featuring expert hula dancers, and guest speakers sharing their knowledge and passion for avian conservation. The festival raises funds for the conservation work of the Hawai’i Wildlife Center and the Conservation Council for Hawai’i. It’s a day to appreciate the unique birdlife of the islan

ds and support important conservation efforts.

Taste of the Philippines; Culture, Couture, Cuisine

On October 21, celebrate Filipino culture at the Taste of the Philippines event in Kailua-Kona. From 5:30-8:30 pm at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort, you can enjoy an evening filled with cultural performances, fashion showcases, and a delectable feast of Filipino cuisine. The event is presented by the non-profit Fil-Am Hawaii Foundation, and all donations are tax deductible. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Filipino culture, support scholarship

s for Filipino students, and savor the flavors of the Philippines.

VASH Hawai’i Island Fundraiser

On October 28, support the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’i, Hawai’i Island (VASH) at their fundraising event

Kailua-Kona November Events

Don’t miss the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Nov 3-12. Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival organization has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage. The Festival and the local community embrace visitors and residents by sharing the unique history and culture of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans throughout the 10-days that celebrate the Kona coffee lifestyle.

Exploring Kona’s Historic Landmarks

Kona is steeped in history and boasts several significant landmarks that provide a glimpse into its past. A walking tour through the streets of Kailua-Kona will take you to places like Huliheʻe Palace, Mokuʻaikaua Church, and the Ahuʻena Heiau, where you can immerse yourself in the rich Hawaiian heritage and learn about the fascinating stories of the island’s ancient rulers and traditions.

Another must-visit historic site is Kealakekua Bay, located to the south of Kailua-Kona. This was the spot where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778. Today, the bay is not only known for its historical significance but also for its stunning beauty and vibrant marine life. Snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay is an experience that will leave you in awe.

Discovering the Enchanting Beauty of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Exploring Kona’s Historic Landmarks

Kona is steeped in history and boasts several significant landmarks that provide a glimpse into its past. A walking tour through the streets of Kailua-Kona will take you to places like Huliheʻe Palace, Mokuʻaikaua Church, and the Ahuʻena Heiau, where you can immerse yourself in the rich Hawaiian heritage and learn about the fascinating stories of the island’s ancient rulers and traditions.

Another must-visit historic site is Kealakekua Bay, located to the south of Kailua-Kona. This was the spot where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778. Today, the bay is not only known for its historical significance but also for its stunning beauty and vibrant marine life. Snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay is an experience that will leave you in awe.

Discovering Ancient Hawaiian Culture

To truly understand the essence of Kona, a visit to Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a must. This well-restored Hawaiian “place of refuge” offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the ancient Hawaiian culture. Explore the grounds and discover the heiau (temples), fishponds, and petroglyphs that provide a glimpse into the spiritual beliefs and daily life of the early Hawaiians.

Another historical gem in the area is the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park. Spanning over 1160 acres, this park is home to ancient temples, fishponds, and petroglyphs. Take a leisurely stroll through the park and marvel at the ingenuity of the early Hawaiians while enjoying the serene beauty of the surrounding nature.

Water Adventures in South Kona

South Kona is known for its calm and clear waters, making it the perfect destination for water activities. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will be delighted by the vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins and graceful honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) as you explore the underwater wonders.

One of the most unforgettable experiences in Kona is a manta ray boat tour. Joining this tour allows you to scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle giants of the sea. Witnessing the majestic manta rays gracefully glide through the water is an awe-inspiring encounter that will stay with you forever. We recommend My Kona Adventure for a great experience.

Deep-Sea Fishing and International Billfish Tournament

Kona is renowned for its deep-sea fishing opportunities. The waters surrounding the island are home to a variety of game fish, including marlin, mahi-mahi, and tuna. Fishing enthusiasts can embark on a thrilling adventure and try their luck at catching the trophy fish of their dreams. Every August, Kona hosts the International Billfish Tournament, attracting anglers from around the world to compete in this prestigious event.

Exploring the Lush Upland Slopes of Hōlualoa

Escape the coastal heat and venture to the cooler upland slopes of Hōlualoa. This charming town is famous for its coffee plantations, particularly the world-famous 100% Kona coffee. Take a tour of the coffee farms, learn about the coffee-making process, and savor the distinctive flavors of this exceptional brew. Hōlualoa is also known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries showcasing the works of local artists.

Upcoming Local Events

Kona is not only a place of natural beauty and historical significance but also a hub of cultural events and festivities. Here are three upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

  • Kona Coffee Festival – Celebrate the rich coffee heritage of Kona at the annual Kona Coffee Festival. This ten-day event showcases the region’s finest coffee, offering tastings, farm tours, live music, and cultural performances.
  • Ironman World Championship – Witness the ultimate test of endurance at the Ironman World Championship. Athletes from all over the world gather in Kona to compete in this grueling triathlon, showcasing their strength, determination, and spirit.
  • Kona Brewers Festival – Beer enthusiasts will love the Kona Brewers Festival, a celebration of craft beer and local cuisine. Sample a wide variety of beers from Hawaii and beyond, paired with delicious food from local vendors. The festival also supports local nonprofit organizations, making it a fun and meaningful event.

Kailua-Kona is a destination that captivates the hearts of all who visit. From its rich history and cultural landmarks to its stunning natural beauty and exciting water adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re sipping on a cup of freshly brewed Kona coffee or snorkeling alongside manta rays, Kona offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Discover the magic of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of this captivating paradise. Contact Kona Vacation Rentals today to find the best vacation lodging for you.

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Why Vacation Homes Are the Perfect Choice for Your Kona Getaway

Palm trees blowing in the wind by the ocean under a blue sky

Planning a vacation to Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i?

Consider renting a vacation home in Kona instead of staying at a traditional hotel. Vacation homes offer a range of benefits, including privacy, space, amenities, and a more personalized experience. 

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The Beauty of Kona


Before we dive into the advantages of vacation homes, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Kailua-Kona. Located on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Kona is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets. It’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for snorkeling, surfing, hiking, and more. Kona also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with historical sites, traditional Hawai’ian cuisine, and vibrant local markets. With so much to explore and experience, it’s no wonder that Kona is a popular destination for vacationers.


Privacy and Space


One of the primary advantages of choosing a vacation home in Kona is the privacy and space it offers. Unlike a hotel room, where you may have limited privacy and cramped quarters, a vacation home provides a spacious and secluded environment. Whether you’re traveling with your family, a group of friends, or as a couple, having your own private space allows you to relax and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Vacation homes in Kona come in various sizes, ranging from cozy cottages to luxurious villas. You can choose a property that suits your needs and preferences, whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a spacious accommodation for a large group. With multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, and outdoor spaces, vacation homes provide ample room for everyone to spread out and unwind.


Amenities and Convenience


Another major advantage of vacation homes is the wide range of amenities they offer. Unlike hotels, which often have limited facilities, vacation homes are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. From fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities to private pools and hot tubs, vacation homes provide the convenience and luxury of a home away from home.

Imagine waking up in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee on your own private lanai, overlooking the ocean. You can prepare your meals in a fully stocked kitchen, saving money on dining out. Many vacation homes also come with entertainment options such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, and game rooms, ensuring that you have plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained during your stay.


A Personalized Experience


One of the most appealing aspects of staying in a vacation home is the opportunity for a more personalized experience. Unlike hotels, where you may feel like just another guest, vacation homes allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle. You can explore the neighborhood, interact with locals, and truly experience the essence of Kona.

Vacation homeowners often provide recommendations for local attractions, restaurants, and hidden gems that may not be found in guidebooks. They can help you discover the best snorkeling spots, hiking trails, and cultural events happening in the area. By staying in a vacation home, you can create memories that are unique to your Kona experience.


Tips for Choosing the Right Vacation Home


To ensure that you choose the right vacation home for your Kona getaway, here are a few additional tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Start your search early to have a wider selection of vacation homes to choose from. Popular properties tend to book up quickly, especially during peak travel seasons.
  • Set a Budget: Determine your budget before you start searching for vacation homes. Consider not only the rental cost but also additional fees, such as cleaning fees and security deposits.
  • Read the Fine Print: Take the time to carefully read the rental agreement and policies. Pay attention to check-in/check-out times, cancellation policies, and any restrictions or rules that may apply.
  • Communicate with the Owner/Manager: Reach out to the owner or manager of the vacation home to ask any questions or clarify any details. Their responsiveness and helpfulness can be an indicator of the overall quality of the property and your experience.
  • Consider Location: Think about what you want to do and see in Kona and choose a vacation home that is conveniently located near your desired activities and attractions.

Hotels are limited


Kailua-Kona is a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, vibrant marine life, and rich cultural heritage. While it offers an array of attractions and activities for tourists, one notable aspect that may strike visitors is the limited number of hotels available in the area.

Unlike some of the other popular Hawai’ian destinations like Waikiki or Maui, Kailua-Kona has a relatively small selection of hotels. This scarcity is, in part, due to the island’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty and cultural integrity. Strict zoning regulations and a desire to maintain the town’s historic charm have resulted in limited development of large-scale resorts.

While this may initially seem like a drawback, it can actually enhance the appeal of Kailua-Kona for travelers seeking a more relaxed and authentic Hawai’ian experience.


When planning your Kailua-Kona getaway, consider the advantages of staying in a vacation home. From privacy and space to amenities and a more personalized experience, vacation homes offer a unique and memorable way to enjoy your vacation. Start your search early, explore different platforms, and communicate with the owners to find the perfect vacation home that suits your needs and preferences. With a vacation home as your base, you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Kona, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Keahou at Night

Happy Fall! I thought I’d run down a list of some of the best, biggest upcoming Fall Festivals and Events in Hawaii!

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will run from November 4-13th! This is Hawaii’s longest running food festival. It kicks off with a lantern parade and is not just a celebration of food and coffee but also includes; art, shopping and even a scholarship competition.

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival runs from October 21st to November 6th in Honolulu. This is the 12th Annual one and you can find more information on events and tickets at the link.

You also may want to check out the schedule and events for the Festivals of Aloha!

There’s everything from luncheons and golf to music and classes and takes place in different locations so do pay attention to the schedule.


So much delicious food at these events!

There’s also film! The Hawaiian International Film Festival will be taking place in Honolulu in November. More information on this one here: HIFF.

And of course there is Ironman taking place early October in Kona but I’ll have more details on that in another post.

Last but definitely not least you may want to check out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park No Fee Free Days. Which this fall includes September 24th and November 11th and is a great chance to visit if you are there!