Hawaii's Kona CoasteBook - 2013
Kona is the heart of the sunny side of the Big Island. It's a historic region promising balmy weather, white sand beaches, Kona coffee country, tropical flowers and trees, fantastic snorkeling and diving and countless other adventure opportunities. Hualalai, an 8,271-foot dormant volcano, towers above it all. Three distinct areas comprise the Kona district: North Kona, South Kona, and the "big city" of Kailua-Kona. The bustling commercial hub was the capital of Hawaii from 1812 to 1819, when King Kamehameha the Great lived out his life at Ahuèna Heiau near the Kailua Pier. Nearby Huliheè Palace was a retreat for generations of Hawaiian royalty, or aliì, and in honor of this legacy, the main street in Kailua-Kona is named Alii Drive. Today, Alii Drive is an oceanfront boulevard teeming with tourists visiting the strip's lively restaurants, shops and art galleries. We travel to grow - our Adventure Guides show you how. Experience the places you visit more directly, freshly, intensely than you would otherwise - sometimes best done on foot, in a canoe, or through cultural adventures like art courses, cooking classes, learning the language, meeting the people, joining in the festivals and celebrations. This can make your trip life-changing, unforgettable. All of the detailed information you need is here about the hotels, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing. But we also lead you to new discoveries, turning corners you haven't turned before, helping you to interact with the world in new ways. That's what makes our Adventure Guides unique. Written by two island residents, here is the most extensive and up-to-date guide by far. The lush tropical forests, the lava flow deserts, the sun-drenched beaches, the cuisine, the fiery sunsets and the idyllic weather are unforgettable. Try snorkeling in a coral garden, swimming with dolphins, night diving with manta rays, hiking to a waterfall, horseback riding, taking a helicopter ride, examining petroglyphs, surfing, whale-watching, or learning the hula. This guide is taken from our much larger guide to Hawaii: The Big Island.
Publisher: [United States] : Hunter Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource