Kona Journals

The big island of Hawaii

An April 2003 trip to Kona by voyageuse

Quote: There are over 480 miles of paved road on Hawaii's Big Island leading to waterfalls, tropical rainforests, black sand beaches, and the famed Volcano National park. Feel like sharing our adventure?

The big island of Hawaii

Overview

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Volcano National Park: Highway 11 near the 29 mile marker. Punalu’u black sand beach: Between Volcano and Naalehu on Hwy 11. Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park: Just above Hilo town off Waianuenue Ave below the hospital. Akaka Falls Park: On Hwy 19, Honomu. Quick Tips: Visitor info: Channel 9 Sun Cablevision System. Channel 7 Big Island Television island info: See the eruption and televised island tour. FREE magazines this week: The Beach and Activity Guide and 101 Things to Do. Has discount coupons. Get a copy at the airport or on Alii Drive next to newspaper stands.Best Way To Get Around: Although a rental car is ...Read More

Kona Billfisher

Hotel | "Kona Hawaiian Village"

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Best Things Nearby:The best beaches in the Kailua Kona area were Honokohau Bay, Holualoa bay and Kahaluu beach (great snorkeling). Kona's Ali'i drive was great to explore on foot, many restaurants and shops. Free parking across from waterfront row.Best Things About the Resort:Our unit was near the swimming pool. The units are huge and very nice. Luxurious amenities. Very artistic island handicraft touches everywhere, from the magnificently hand-carved wood entrance door to the teak patio furniture on the lanai, the Hawaiian quilt bedspread, the rattan placemats, the lovely hand crafted palm fronds waste baskets, the vases with tall bamboo sticks, the unique cabinetry in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2003

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

Budget Dining

Restaurant | "Big Island dining on a budget"

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Royal Jade Garden I Lani Hau Center (Long’s Drug). Cheap Chinese lunch buffet. Kona Mix Plate In Kopiko Plaza shopping center below the Lani Hau Center (Long's Drug). Get take-out for a "beach dinner" at sunset. Good cheap local food. Royal Thai II Go In Kona. Take-out only. Cheap. Approximately $10 p/p for dinner. Tante's In Kona. Frame 10 Center above Lani Hau Center. One of the best kept secrets! Three-dish combo is $7.99. Family owned great Filipino food! Approximately $10 p/p for dinner. The Ocean View Inn Alii Drive across from King Kam hotel near Kailua pier. Cheap. Charley's Old Kona Coast Shopping Cente...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2003

Budget Dining
Throughout the Big Island
Kona, Hawaii

Beaches

Attraction | "The best beaches and how to get there"

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ANAEHO'OMALU BEACH"A-Bay " (Kohala Coast) is near Hilton Waikoloan resort 20 miles north of Kona on HWY 19. Go towards the ocean on Waikoloa Beach Drive, go left across from Kings shops at sign that says beach. Part of this beach is behind the Royal Waikoloan Hotel, but there is public access on the south end. White sand and restrooms. Good snorkeling. At the far edge of bay enjoy watching the many sea turtles. HAPUNA BEACH Seven miles northeast of "A Bay" (Kohala Coast). 30 miles north of Kona on HWY 19 see sign Hapuna Beach State Park. Step through the bushes and palms to a mile long white sand beach. On a clear day you can catch a view of Maui in the distance. Restrooms. Gets...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2003

Beaches
Big Island Hawaii
Kona, Hawaii

Best shopping spots

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Kona Inn Shopping Village is the best spot for shopping in Kona. Kona Marketplace is located down the alley behind the sailor with the mermaid. It’s the eclectic craftsman shop that specializes in crafts such as koa wood bowls, carvings, island arts and crafts. The visitor’s info center is also located here. King Kamehameha Mall is on Hwy 11 next to Chevron Station near Kailua pier. Resto’s shops and Kona wine mart are there. Seaside Mall is across from Kailua pier and has a Kona Discount Mart. Lanihau Center on Palani Rd between Kuakini and Hwy 19, behind Burger King. It has Hilo Hattie and a Sack n’ Save grocery store. Ali’i Gardens Market Place is on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2003

Best shopping spots
Big Island Hawaii
Kona, Hawaii

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We toured the whole island by car, Kailua Kona, Waikoloa, Poluolu Valley, Honaunau, Punalu’u, Volcano, Hilo, and Honomu areas. The best beaches in the Kailua Kona area were Honokohau Bay, Holualoa bay and Kahaluu beach (great snorkeling). The best beaches in the South Kona area were Honaunau bay, and Punalu’u black sand beach. The best beaches in the Waikoloa area were Anaehoomalu (A-Bay), Hapuna, and Kauna’oa (Mauna Kea beach). We enjoyed the natural beauty of Waimea, Pololu valley, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (place of refuge), Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Volcanoes National Park. Shopping along Ali’i drive in Kona houses numerous plazas and little shops filled with curios, bu...Read More