Kona Journals

Relaxing in Kailua-Kona

A December 2003 trip to Kona by rctravels

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Kailua-Kona is the perfect place to relax and recharge, especially when using the Mauna Loa Village by the Sea condo as a base.

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village

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Hotel | "Mauna Loa Village by the Sea"

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:The Mauna Loa Village by the Sea is located close to Kailua town and all the fun and activity there. However, the bay that is about three blocks from the resort (Keauhou Bay) is a terrific place to walk down to, sit on the rocks, watch the sunset, and soak up the atmosphere. Best Things About the Resort:The units at Mauna Loa Village by the Sea are fantastic. They are well appointed, spacious, and very comfortable. It seems very well taken care of, and the staff is very friendly. The otherwise dry Kailua-Kona area seems very distant when you're staying in this lush tropical resort, even though it is just down the road a few minutes.Resort Experien...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village
78-7190 Kaleiopapa Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 322-3466

Huggo's on the Rocks

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Restaurant | "Huggo's"

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Huggo's: the name doesn't exactly sound like anything special. The restaurant's logo looks equally "low-end." We made a reservation based on some positive word of mouth and we went to the restaurant not expecting too much. After one dining experience, though, Huggo's has become one of our favorite dining spots in all of the places we've visited. First off, the location is spectacular. Perched right on the water's edge between Keauhou and Kailua-Kona, the view of the setting sun on the Pacific is phenomenal. The interior of the restaurant, too, is eye-pleasing. Huggo's has what could be called "contemporary Hawaiian" decor ... which means the kitsch is absent, but the warm, comfortable tropical ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Huggo's on the Rocks
75-5828 Kahakai Road
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-1493

Jameson's by the Sea

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Restaurant | "Jameson's By the Sea - Kona"

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A few years ago I visited Jameson's By the Sea in Haleiwa on the island of Oahu. I loved it. I thought the food was delicious, the view fantastic, and the service was friendly. Jameson's in Kona was a disappointment in comparison. This tired, run-down establishment proudly displays an award for their fine cuisine from a time that has long passed ... in many ways. The lunch menu was quite pedestrian. Burgers, salads, and some local fish were present. Preparations seemed to be prepared on the safe side of things; nothing too daring. My chicken curry salad was creatively served in a halved papaya, but the salad itself was something of a deli-counter style. The furnishings at ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Jameson's by the Sea
77-6452 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-3195

Royal Thai Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Tucked away in a corner of the Keauhou Shopping Village lies an unassuming little dining establishment. One might easily overlook this Thai restaurant ... we almost did. However, it was New Year's Eve and we neglected to make dining reservations. We tried several restaurants on the way back from the volcano, only to find them completely booked ... or closed. On our way to the KTA supermarket in the Keauhou Shopping Village to try and scrounge something together, we saw the neon "OPEN" sign lit up in Royal Thai's window. Lucky, lucky us! We sat ourselves in a booth and were quickly given menus by a friendly, yet seemingly overtaxed, server. When we made our decisions (it didn't take t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Royal Thai Restaurant
78-6831 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 322-8424