Kona Journals

Unspoiled Hawaii

An April 2003 trip to Kona by bjwhitaker

Mahana Beach/Green Sands Beach Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: The Big Island of Hawaii is a must destination for anyone who truly wants to experience the unspoiled and uncrowded ancient "feel" of the Hawaiian traditions.

Kona Billfisher

Hotel | "Kona Coast II"

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Very nice accommodations. Grounds are pristinely manicured. Wasn't excited to have to pay $6/day extra for use of A/C, but it was worth it. The activities center was very helpful in arranging all island activities and provided great discounts. There was no on-site restaurant at the time (it was being renovated), nor was there a useful store. The front desk said that there was internet access available, but every time I checked, it wasn't available. They had a nice reception one night with free entertainment and appetizers. We also enjoyed a Tai Chi class one morning overlooking the ocean. The property is adjacent to a beautiful golf course which ends at the rocky shore, but we were f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Kona Billfisher
75-5841 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii
(808) 329-9277

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We stayed one night at the Royal Kona Resort. Although it is somewhat dated, I really appreciated how the hotel entry blended nicely into the surrounding rock and water gardens.

The first room we were booked into had a VERY musty smell and we were transferred to another room. I'm not sure, but it appears that nearly all the rooms are designed to have an ocean view. I loved listening to the waves crashing against the shoreline as we opened our sliding door to the balcony.

Although I didn't attend, I was told by others that the luau at the Royal Kona was the best on the island. It was also nice to be walking distance to the main Kona shopping and dining area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii
329-7230

Mahana Beach/Green Sands Beach

Attraction | "Green Sand Beach"

Mahana Beach/Green Sands Beach Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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From Kona, drive about 70 miles south and then another 12 miles towards the ocean. This is a narrow and windy dirt road to the shore. Then, follow the crude signs to the Green Sand Beach path, which takes you across three miles of uneven pasture, beach rocks, and lava rock. Finally, you'll reach the top of the cliffs of the Green Sand Beach. Now, you'll have to navigate your way carefully down the cliff to the incredible dark sparkly green sands of this wonder of nature.

It's a terrible hike, especially since the wind blows against you all the way to the beach, but it's worth the effort. Take plenty of water and wear sunblock. Make sure NOT to wear flimsy sandals as you WILL get blisters.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Mahana Beach/Green Sands Beach
Papakolea Beach Near South Point
Kaʻū District, Hawaii 96737

Body Glove Tour

Attraction

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We were a bit disappointed in this trip. We were unable to get on the boat that goes to the Capt. Cook monument (which is supposed to be the best snorkeling on the island). Instead, we went North towards the airport and anchored in a small uncrowded reserve. However, the marine life there was only adequate - not exciting by any means. There was plenty of shade available on the boat and the food was tasty and plentiful.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Body Glove Tour
Kona
Kona, Hawaii

Kilewae Volcano

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The volcano tour was incredible. There's an intense energy that simply vibrates to the bone while visiting this spiritually enhancing place. The lava flows vary in availability and accessibility depending on the volcano's activity at the time. It wasn't exciting when we went in April 2003, but we did get to watch a slow moving rivulet of lava only two feet away. The heat was too intense to stay much longer than 10 minutes or so, but it was a life affirming experience to say the least and one which everyone should do at least once.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2003

Kilewae Volcano
Outside Hilo
Kona, Hawaii

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One of the most memorable experiences on the Big Island was taking a personalized tour with Ancient Hawaii Adventures. The link to this adventure is as follows: Ancient Hawaii Adventure Keala Richardson owns and runs this adventure opportunity. If you're interested in learning about ancient Hawaii, its healing traditions, off-the-beaten-path places, and to truly feel the spirit of Hawaii, this is definitely worth the time. Keala took the two of us to many various places where there were few if any tourists. We came away with a much better understanding and appreciation for the Hawaiian culture and its people...Read More