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The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, happening on April 26-27, 2024, is like a siren call for chocolate lovers near and far! It’s a time when cocoa enthusiasts from all walks of life come together to revel in the sheer deliciousness of chocolate. Skilled chocolatiers and culinary wizards all under one roof, ready to whisk you away on a cocoa-infused adventure. There are a variety of ticket types depending on your budget and what you want from the festival.

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

At the heart of the Big Island Chocolate Festival lies a treasure trove of decadent delights waiting to be explored. Imagine sinking your teeth into velvety truffles, savoring silky smooth ganaches, and discovering innovative chocolate-infused dishes and beverages that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. Get ready to sample a diverse selection of chocolates from different regions and producers, each with its own unique flavors and characteristics. 

Pro tip: if someone offers you fresh cacao seeds to try, don’t hesitate—say yes! The pulp surrounding the seed is a delightful surprise.

cocoa pods hanging on a cocoa tree

Culinary Creations

Prepare to be amazed by the creative genius of local chefs who skillfully incorporate chocolate into their culinary masterpieces. From savory dishes with a hint of cocoa to decadent desserts that will make your taste buds sing, every bite is a testament to the versatility of chocolate in the kitchen. Plus, you can join culinary demonstrations and workshops to learn insider tips and tricks from the pros.

Chocolate-Making Workshops

Feeling adventurous? Roll up your sleeves and dive into chocolate-making workshops led by skilled chocolatiers. Learn the secrets of tempering chocolate, molding truffles, and crafting your very own chocolate treats. It’s a hands-on experience that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fascinating world of chocolate production.

Beyond the Chocolate

But the Big Island Chocolate Festival is more than just a celebration of chocolate—it’s a platform for education and inspiration. Explore important topics like sustainable cacao farming, environmental conservation, and the cultural significance of chocolate in Hawaiian history and culture through informative presentations, panel discussions, and interactive exhibits.

Sustainable Cacao Farming

Join us in promoting sustainable cacao farming practices that benefit both the environment and the local community. Learn about ethical sourcing, fair trade practices, and organic farming methods that ensure the long-term viability of the cacao industry. Together, we can help preserve the delicate ecosystems that sustain this vital crop.

Environmental Conservation

Raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing the cacao industry, from deforestation to climate change. Discover how initiatives like reforestation projects and carbon offset programs are making a difference and how you can contribute to a more sustainable future for chocolate cultivation.

Cultural Significance

Celebrate the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii through educational exhibits, storytelling sessions, and traditional chocolate-making demonstrations. Gain a deeper appreciation for the rich flavors and traditions that define the island’s culinary identity and savor every moment of this deliciously enlightening experience.

So mark your calendars and get ready to embark on the ultimate chocolate adventure at the Big Island Chocolate Festival. It’s an event not to be missed for chocolate lovers of all ages! 


Q: Can I purchase tickets in advance?

A: Yes, tickets for the Big Island Chocolate Festival are typically available for purchase online in advance of the event. Early booking is recommended, as tickets often sell out quickly.
Get tickets for the festival here

Q: Are there accommodations available for out-of-town attendees?

A: Yes, there are a variety of accommodation options available for attendees traveling from out of town, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels.

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In a Nutshell

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is a tantalizing celebration of all things chocolate, bringing together cacao farmers, chocolatiers, chefs, and chocolate enthusiasts for a truly indulgent experience. From exquisite tastings to hands-on workshops, this festival offers something for everyone to enjoy while promoting sustainable farming practices and celebrating the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii. So, whether you’re a seasoned chocolate connoisseur or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, come join us at the Big Island Chocolate Festival, April 26-27, and experience the magic of chocolate like never before!

Experience the ideal “in-town” setting for your Kailua-Kona visit, your gateway to Hawaii’s Big Island adventures!

Recharge in this well-appointed studio within walking distance of town, offering access to restaurants, beaches, and local shops. Guests can unwind by the shared pool, BBQ, and hot tub, fostering a tranquil atmosphere. Delight in garden views from the private top-floor screened lanai, amplified by tropical breezes and natural sounds. The studio boasts a cozy king-sized bed, a smart flat-screen TV, an AC unit, and a ceiling fan.

The studio-style kitchen is fully equipped with a large refrigerator, microwave, and stove. Coin-operated laundry facilities are conveniently available on-site. Kailua Kona Getaway’s strategic location is near Kona International Airport and Kona Community Hospital.

Kailua Kona Getaway

Nearby Activities

For a dining gem away from the bustling Ali’i Drive try Jackie Rey’s


Looking for unique shops found only in Kona? Take a look at these boutiques.

Just a quarter-mile north of the resort lies Kahalu’u Beach Park, a snorkeler’s paradise with sea turtles and a vibrant coral reef, while Magic Sands Beach, a mere 2 miles away, beckons with its inviting surf.

Golf enthusiasts will relish the allure of the magnificent 18-hole golf course encircling the resort, blessed with captivating ocean views.

Boasting a prime location near beaches, snorkeling spots, scuba diving, parasailing, dolphin and whale watching tours, fishing opportunities, hiking trails, shopping venues, restaurants, and volcano tours, the Kona Coast Resort stands as the idyllic destination for your next Hawaiian adventure.

Additional condo amenities encompass free WiFi, an in-unit washer and dryer, complimentary reserved parking, a spacious lanai with lounge chairs and an outdoor table for four, and much more. Start planning your dream Hawaiian vacation today!

Kailua Kona Getaway


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Here’s What You Need to Know!

Owning a vacation rental property in Hawaii comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities, but hiring a property management company can significantly alleviate the burden. Property management professionals specialize in handling various aspects of rental property management, providing owners with peace of mind and convenience.

Lanikai Beach Sunset in Hawaii
An overview of the benefits and services a vacation rental management can offer in the Hawaiian context:

Advertising and Marketing:

One of the key advantages is the property management company’s ability to advertise and market the rental property effectively. Leveraging connections with online travel agencies, local tourism networks, and other platforms, they can boost visibility and attract renters. They will coordinate your bookings on various platforms such as  AirBnb, VRBO, Booking.com, and their website. This translates into higher occupancy rates and increased revenue.

Guest Communication and Bookings:

Property managers take charge of all guest communications and inquiries, streamlining the booking process. From handling payments to sending rental agreements and directions, they ensure a seamless experience for potential renters.

Check-Ins and Check-Outs:

The management company oversees the check-in and check-out process, providing a level of convenience for both owners and guests. Some even go the extra mile by offering concierge services during the guests’ stay.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Maintaining the property between guest stays is a crucial responsibility. Property managers coordinate cleaning and maintenance, ensuring the home is in top condition and consistent for each set of incoming renters.

Financial Management:

From collecting rental taxes and fees to providing accounting services and ensuring regulatory compliance, property management companies handle the financial aspects of the rental property. This includes sending regular payouts to homeowners and can include submitting local tax payments.

Peace of Mind:

For out-of-area owners, especially those who can’t easily travel to manage the property themselves, property management provides peace of mind. Knowing that professionals are overseeing the property’s day-to-day operations is invaluable.


In conclusion, entrusting the management of your vacation rental property in Hawaii to a reputable property management company can enhance the overall experience for both owners and guests, making the venture more rewarding and less demanding.


Contact Kona Vacation Rentals today to discuss our property management services.

Experience the vibrant pulse of Kona in February with an array of exciting events that promise to captivate your senses. From the enchanting Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations to the thrilling Panaewa Stampede Rodeo and the creative haven of SOKO’s Artists Studio Tour, Kona is a hub of cultural richness and diverse experiences. Get inspired at the Living & Design Expo, take a leisurely stroll through the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, and embrace the weekly Hawaiian music and hula shows. Join us on a journey through the heart of Kona’s February festivities, where tradition meets contemporary allure.

Kona February Events

February 3: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Experience Japanese performing arts, a traditional tea ceremony, bonsai demonstrations, and food from local vendors at Parker Ranch Center. Waimea is always a beautiful day trip from Kona. For more information click here.

Chinese New Year Celebrations: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

February 10 in Honoka’a

Enjoy food trucks, local vendors, and paper lantern making, and don’t miss the Professional Lion Dance by Yau Gong Lion Dancers

February 17, 2024, at Queen’s Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort

Enjoy live entertainment and food around the shops and take the opportunity to feed the Chinese Lion for good fortune

February 17-18: Panaewa Stampede Rodeo  

Panaewa Stampede Rodeo in Hilo brings together the ranching community and spectators for an exciting two day event!

February 24-25: SOKO 9th Annual Artists Studio Tour

Don’t miss the 9th Annual Artists Studio Tour of the South Kona Artists Collective. On Saturday, Feb 24th, and Sunday, Feb 25th 21 artists at 13 locations are participating. See demonstrations and purchase art directly from the artists and stop along the way for Kona coffee and lunch. Take a look at a preview of the beautiful art to be enjoyed here

February 24-25: 17th Annual Living & Design Expo

Feb 24, 9-5 and Feb 25 9-2 at the Outrigger Kona Resort, Keauhou. Join us for Hawai’i Island’s finest home expo. Exhibitors will include Cabinetry and Kitchen, HVAC, Home Office, General Contracting and more.

Dragon at a Chinese New Year Celebration

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: Feb 18

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. 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.

Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show

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.


Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month.
February 10, 2024 is the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus in the Coronation Pavilion.


More to come in March!

The 29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Buy your tickets here


Looking for a place to stay? Check out what we have available for your dates.

Hawaiian Paradise Retreat

Experience the ultimate Hawaiian paradise retreat at this breathtaking 1BR/1BA air-conditioned condo nestled along the Kona Coast. Radiating a serene coastal theme and encompassing over 1,100 square feet of luxury, this condo promises all the comforts of home and beyond. Immerse yourself in a world of top-notch amenities at the prestigious Kona Coast Resort, featuring pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, shuffleboard, and more, ensuring an unforgettable stay.

Step inside, and be welcomed by stunning vaulted ceilings adorned with exposed wood, offering an extraordinary view of the adjacent golf course. The spacious lanai invites you to unwind while overlooking the picturesque Kona Country Club Golf Course, where you can leisurely observe golfers in action.

Wonderful Amenities

Stay pleasantly cool with the central A/C on warm days, or open the double sliding glass doors leading to the balcony, allowing the refreshing ocean breeze to sweep through as you relish the captivating vistas. The living room provides plush sofas, including a queen sofa bed, a flat-screen HDTV equipped with cable and USB ports, and ample natural light.

The generously appointed, fully equipped kitchen becomes a haven for culinary delights, as you prepare Hawaiian feasts using fresh local fruits from the Farmers’ Market and freshly caught fish. Savor your meals al fresco on the lanai while delighting in the famous Kona sunset.

After a day of island exploration, retreat to the master bedroom, graced with a sumptuous king bed and an HDTV featuring cable and USB hookups. The expansive bathroom boasts a walk-in double shower with multiple showerheads, including a hand-held option, along with a convenient double vanity.

Throughout your stay, indulge in the wealth of incredible amenities offered by the Kona Coast Resort, including pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, saunas, fitness centers, jogging paths, sand volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, golf course, and barbecue areas with gas grills.

Living area and lanai of Kona Coast resortNearby Activities

Just a quarter-mile north of the resort lies Kahalu’u Beach Park, a snorkeler’s paradise with sea turtles and a vibrant coral reef, while Magic Sands Beach, a mere 2 miles away, beckons with its inviting surf.

Golf enthusiasts will relish the allure of the magnificent 18-hole golf course encircling the resort, blessed with captivating ocean views.

Boasting a prime location near beaches, snorkeling spots, scuba diving, parasailing, dolphin and whale watching tours, fishing opportunities, hiking trails, shopping venues, restaurants, and volcano tours, the Kona Coast Resort stands as the idyllic destination for your next Hawaiian adventure.

Additional condo amenities encompass free WiFi, an in-unit washer and dryer, complimentary reserved parking, a spacious lanai with lounge chairs and an outdoor table for four, and much more. Start planning your dream Hawaiian vacation today!


NOTE – The adult/quiet pool will be closed from 18 March to 1 May 2024.  The main pool will remain open.

The Magic of Hawaii: Exclusive 5% Discount for 7-Night Stays 


Escape to the enchanting islands of Hawaii and make your dream vacation a reality! From now through January 2nd, we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive 5% discount on stays of 7 nights or more. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of adventure, the tranquility of beaches, or the rich cultural experiences Hawaii has to offer, this limited-time promotion is your ticket to paradise.

Downtown Kona at Night

Exclusive 5% Discount with Code NY24:

To sweeten the deal, use code NY24 at checkout to enjoy a 5% discount on your extended stay. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, this offer is applicable to all accommodation types. Indulge in luxury resorts, charming beachfront cottages, or cozy bed and breakfasts – the choice is yours. This promotion excludes the holiday season and Iron Man Week, ensuring you have the flexibility to plan your escape during the ideal time for you.

Aloha Spirit and Cultural Experiences:

Beyond its breathtaking landscapes, Hawaii is known for its warm Aloha spirit and rich cultural heritage. Attend a traditional hula dance performance, savor authentic Hawaiian cuisine, or explore historical sites that tell the story of the islands. Engage with the locals and embrace the welcoming atmosphere that sets Hawaii apart as a destination where relaxation meets cultural immersion.

How to Redeem:

Booking your Hawaiian adventure is simple. Visit our website, choose your desired accommodation, and enter code NY24 at checkout to unlock your 5% discount. Be sure to plan your stay for 7 nights or more to take full advantage of this limited-time offer. Act fast – the promotion is valid only until January 2nd.

Book now and embark on a journey filled with relaxation, adventure, and the true spirit of Aloha.

A Hawaiian getaway is a dream for many, but the allure of the islands often comes with a hefty price tag, prompting savvy travelers to explore alternative accommodation options. For cost-conscious choices, Hawai’i vacation home cost savings are a solid choice compared to traditional hotels. Let’s compare two options in  Kailua-Kona, where the comparison between renowned hotels and a 2-bed/2-bath fully equipped vacation home reveals surprising disparities in costs. We’ll also review additional considerations, highlighting the spaciousness, privacy, and unique amenities that make vacation rentals an enticing option. Join us on this exploration of how opting for a vacation home not only stretches your dollar further but also promises a more personalized and immersive Hawaiian experience.

Hawai’i vacation home cost savings

  • If, like many travelers, your first consideration is cost, let’s look at one cost comparison of a few brand name hotels vs a 2 bed/2 bath fully equipped vacation home both in Kailua-Kona. A simple search on a popular booking website gives us these results. 
  • Consider a vacation where four adults share a double queen hotel room during the first week of March. The price range is between $2493 and $4796, exclusive of taxes and fees. This also excludes the hotels in the $6000+ range for the week. 
  •  In contrast, opting for a 2-bed/2-bath fully equipped condo has a total price of $1884.
  • Remember, the booking sites won’t show you all the additional charges like taxes until the last step. A local vacation home rental company may also have additional discounts.


Other Considerations

  • More Space:
    • Vacation rentals often provide more square footage than hotel rooms, giving you ample space to move around comfortably.
    • This extra space is particularly beneficial for families with children who need room to play or for larger groups traveling together.
  • Privacy:
    • Vacation rentals offer a level of seclusion that hotels may not provide. You won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors in adjacent rooms or disruptions from hotel activities.
    • Enjoy the freedom of having the entire property to yourselves, allowing for a more intimate and private vacation experience.
  • Cost-Effectiveness:
    • Renting a vacation home can be more cost-effective, especially for longer stays or when traveling with a group. The ability to prepare your own meals in a fully-equipped kitchen can significantly reduce food expenses.
    • Many vacation rentals have laundry facilities, saving on additional costs related to laundry services or packing extra clothes.
  • Home-like Feel:
    • Vacation rentals often emulate a home-like atmosphere with living rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms, providing a sense of comfort and familiarity.
    • Enjoy the convenience of a fully furnished space, often including amenities like a TV, entertainment systems, and sometimes even books or board games.
  • Unique Amenities:
    • Vacation rentals frequently come with unique amenities that set them apart from hotels. This can include private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, and outdoor spaces for barbecues or relaxation.
    • Tailor your vacation experience by choosing a rental that aligns with your interests and preferences: a beachfront property, a cabin in the mountains, or a city loft.
  • Things to Consider:
    • Location: Ensure the vacation rental is conveniently located relative to your planned activities and attractions.
    • Booking Platforms: Use reputable vacation rental websites or agencies to secure your accommodation and read reviews from previous guests.
    • Communication: Establish clear communication with the property owner or manager for a smooth check-in/out process and to address any concerns during your stay.


  • Consider the nature of your trip, the size of your group, and your specific preferences.
  • Evaluate the overall costs, including hidden fees and cleaning charges.
  • Assess the level of service you desire, as hotels may offer amenities like daily housekeeping.
  • Balance the convenience of hotel services with the independence and unique experience of vacation rentals.

Ultimately, choosing between a vacation rental and a hotel hinges on your priorities. Although cost isn’t the only factor, a vacation home can save on costs as well as offering a personalized and tailored experience for your Hawaiian adventure.


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Ocean view from Alii Villas Condo

Discover this incredible top-floor one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo that boasts breathtaking ocean and pool views. Kona Vacation Rentals Ali’i Villas’ prime location within the complex ensures convenient parking just steps away from the stairs. The spacious lanai offers a picturesque vista of the ocean and pool, perfect for enjoying the cool morning and evening breezes. Listen to the ocean waves from the bedroom in the morning.

Inside, the fully equipped kitchen invites you to whip up delicious meals in the comfort of your own space. The bedroom features a luxurious queen-size bed, a spacious closet, and an in-unit washer/dryer for added convenience.

Charming Condo

This charming condo is nestled in Ali’i Villas, a well-maintained oceanfront resort along the scenic Ali’i Drive. Relax by the swimming pool and take advantage of the common area BBQ’s to grill your fresh catch while watching dolphins play and enjoying stunning sunsets from your lanai.

The complex offers numerous amenities, including a west-facing seawall, perfect for meeting neighbors, admiring breathtaking sunsets, and observing mesmerizing sea life. Mature tropical gardens surround the property, creating a beautifully manicured and serene environment.

Living room and Kitchen of Alii Villas 318With a layout that opens up the living room, dining room, and kitchen, this condo is the ideal place to unwind after a day in the sun. Beach chairs, a beach umbrella, toys, and coolers are all included for a relaxing day at the beach. Let the refreshing Hawaii breeze flow through as you relax on your lanai, enjoying the mesmerizing ocean views.

Alii Villas Pool

Experience all that Hawaii has to offer in this delightful condo, conveniently located within walking distance from town, where you can explore restaurants, shops, and open markets. Embrace the tropical paradise and make unforgettable memories from the comfort of your own Hawaiian retreat.

Nearby Attractions

Green Flash Coffee is a two-minute walk to start your day with a delicious cup of Kona coffee.

Honl Beach is a lovely 12-minute short walk and a beautiful shady spot for having a picnic, reading a book, or watching the surfers in the sunset.

Just a little further down the road, walk or drive to Huggo’s On The Rocks. With a prime location on the coast, good food and drinks and wonderful entertainment it is a must-see in Kona.

Across from On The Rocks, Coconut Grove Marketplace is the heart and hub of activity, food, drinks, and shopping in Kona. Relax on the grass in the evening to watch beach volleyball.

The free Kona Trolley stops are a short walk down the road. Click here for the schedule.

Contact Kona Rentals at 808-334-1199 or click here to check availability 

Rest assured that our friendly and professional staff is just a phone call away if you encounter any issues during your stay. 


With a warm “Aloha,” Kona Vacation Rentals is excited to welcome you to your tropical getaway!

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.


Hello all!We have last minute Ironman availability for two absolutely beautiful places where guests couldn’t make it.

The Beach Cottage (above pic of the view from the cottage) & Dolphin House are both fantastic places for Ironman or any other time of the year really.

Use code Ironman2018 for a special discount!

It’s a steal for two such gorgeous places and a wonderful adventure!