Kailua-Kona Area Guide & Town Information
Town Name: Kailua-Kona
Population: 22,972 (2020)
Area: 19.19 sq. mi.
Brief History: Located on the west coast of the Big Island – also known as the Island of Hawaii – Kaulua-Kona is an unincorporated community on Hawaii’s largest but youngest island in the Hawaiian chain. Sometimes referred to as just Kailua, a name it shares with another community in O’ahu, and sometimes referred to as either Kona Town or just simply Kona, Kailua has come to be synonymous with the district to which it belongs. Kona itself is a sunny district that stretches nearly two-thirds of the Western side of the island, from Waikoloa Beach Resort in ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay to Ka’ or Manuk Park.
General Area Info: Historic Kailua Village in the heart of Kona is well-known for its coffee farms to its historic Hawaiian landmarks, making this island town a must-see spot for tourists and locals alike. While it doesn’t boast much of a downtown, visitors can enjoy the ambiance of fruit trees, historic landmarks, sunny weather year-round, pristine beaches, and mature dining options in this lively seaside town.
Attractions: Kailua-Kona is a stunning town full of attractions you don’t want to miss on your visit to the Big Island. Some of the best spots to check out includes: Kailua Pier; Kamakahonu and the colorful corals lying on the coastline; Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark and the reconstructed thatched houses along Kailua Bay, which mark where the former conqueror and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii, King Kamehameha I, once lived; the royal vacation home of Hulihe’e Palace, constructed in the early 1800s; Mokuaikaua Church, also from the 1800s, which is Hawaii’s oldest Christian church of record; beautiful scenery with banana trees, avocado trees, orange trees, and more; an upscale dining scene with local breweries.
Recreational Activities: Fishing, boating, snorkeling, swimming, and more.
Schools: While not a comprehensive list, these are a few of the institutions that Kailua-Kona has to offer, including both private and public schools. There are also many academies that are religious and non-religious:
Pre-K - 5: Kahakai Elementary School
Pre-K - 5: Kealakehe Elementary School
K-6: Kokua Academy
9-12: Kailua High School
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