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Kailua Kona

A September 2004 trip to Kona by rleaf

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: We visited Kailua-Kona and stayed at the Mauna Loa by the Sea Resort. The resort is very nice, comfortable, and well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definately stay there again. We went SCUBA Diving with Jacks Diving Locker and had a great time.

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village

Hotel | "Muana Loa by the Sea"

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Excellent accomodations. Clean and comfortable. Very nice and helpful staff. There are several swimming pools on the property and several BBQ's. There is a nice supermarket and shopping center nearby. The ocean is just down the hill a short walk. Most of the units have a view of the golf course fairways.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

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

Huggo's on the Rocks

Restaurant | "Huggo's"

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Excellent food and service. Fresh fish, great salads, and outstanding macadamia nut pie. The restaurant is right on the beach, so you have a great view of the beautiful sunsets.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

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

Quote:
Great pizza and salad. The beer is brewed on site and is excellent. The service was friendly and prompt. They have T-shirts for sale. Try the wheat beer!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Kona Brewing Company
75-5629 Kuakini Highway
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 334-2739

Jameson's by the Sea

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

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The service we had was not very good. The food was OK, but when you consider the price, it was not worth it. Other restaurants are better choices. They put sauces on almost all of their dishes, so if you are looking for "healthy" dishes, you might not like their menu, which does not have many choices.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

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

Merriman's Market Cafe

Restaurant | "Merriman's"

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We had lunch on our way to Hilo. The food is fresh, tasty and nicely presented. The service was execllent, and the value was outstanding. Overall, it was well worth stopping here to have lunch.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Merriman's Market Cafe
250 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96743
(808) 866-1700

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company"

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Great service, good food. The restaurant is right on the water, so the atmosphere is great. There is a nice view of the sunset. They DO have more on the menu than shrimp.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
75-5776 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 331-8442

Jacks Diving Locker

Attraction

Jacks Diving Locker Photo, Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
We went on a boat SCUBA diving trip with Jack's Diving locker. The staff was very friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The water was calm, clear and 86 degrees. The dive guide took digital photos of the fish and divers, which was available for purchase at the end of the day. This is a first rate dive operation, and I will go diving with them next time I am in town.

Rental gear is avaialble, however I had my own gear and did not need to rent anything, since tanks and weights were included in the boat trip. They provided lunch and drinks for all divers, and were able to provide vegetarian meals for those who wanted them.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Jacks Diving Locker
Coconut Grove Shopping Center - Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Easy beach entry either from lava rock or sandy beach near the boat launch ramp. We saw lots of fish, eels, and sea turtles. There is a nice reef and better visibility further away from shore and to the left. Lots of fun and easy!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Off Highway 160
Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
(808) 328-2288