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Attractions

The historic seaside town of Kailua Kona is rich in heritage, culture and natural beauty with many attractions to explore. Join us as we journey through the great attractions on the Kona Coast of the Big Island.

St. Benedict Painted Church

Location: 84-5140 Painted Church Road, Captain Cook

Phone: 808-328-2227

The painted church overlooks the beautiful and historic Kealakekua Bay, and is a very scenic drive. It was built in 1842 in Kapalelua, and was moved to its present location around 1880.
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Waikoloa Petroglyphs

Location: Waikoloa

The Waikoloa petroglyph preserve is one of the two petroglyph fields north of Kailua-Kona. The petroglyphs around the trail are scattered like graffiti everywhere you look. Some are graphic (humans, birds, canoes) and others cryptic (dots, lines). Western influences appear in the form of horses and English initials.
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Pukao Petroglyphs

Location: Mauna Lani Resort

The Puako petroglyph preserve is one of the two petroglyph fields north of Kailua-Kona. There is a large concentration with about 1,200 petroglyphs visible in the section of the Puako Petroglyph preserve to which access is allowed. In the whole preserve a total of 3,000 designs have been identified, including paddlers, sails, marchers, dancers, and family groups, as well as dog, chicken, turtle, and deity symbols.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Location: Hawaii National Park

Phone: 808-985-6000

Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park is a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present. Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park is easily visited by car in just a few hours or may be explored in more depth over several days. Hikers will find an abundance of trails to satisfy their curiosity. Day hikes and wilderness hikes offer great adventures for visitors who wish to explore beyond the roadways.
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Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Park

Location: Honaunau

Phone: 808-328-2326

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau is peaceful and serene place. There are many enjoyable activities that can be done in the park The Hawaiian concept of a sanctuary, Pu`uhonua, offering people a second chance at life is the primary story at this park. In the centuries before 1819, Hawaiian people caught in extraordinary circumstances, such as being on the losing side in war or breaking kapu (sacred law) could escape the death sentence if they could physically get to the pu`uhonua and receive absolution from the kahuna pule (priest). In addition to being the site of the pu`uhonua, the ahupua`a of Honaunau was the original seat of the chiefdom of Kona and the ancestral home of the Kamehameha dynasty.
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Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Location: 62-3601 Kawaihae Road Kawaihae

Phone: 808-882-7218

From the moment you arrive at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, you quickly realize the significance of this unique place. The great temple of Kamehameha the Great, Pu`ukohola Heiau, rises majestically above the turquoise waters of the Pacific, a silent testament to the most renowned king of Hawai`i. Mailekini Heiau, the temple-turned-fort that once thundered with the sound of cannons, continues to stand guard. The sharks return most days to Hale o Kapuni Heiau, the sumberged ruins of a temple that was once dedicated to them. This is where the history-makers of Hawai`i lived and where their history comes to life. Come to Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and step into history.
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Hulihe`e Palace

Location: 75 - 5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona

Phone: 808-329-1877

The Hulihe'e Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, on Ali'i Drive. Once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, today Hulihe'e Palace is a museum showcasing Victorian artifacts from the era of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi'olani. The palace was originally built by High Chief, John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawai'i during the Kingdom of Hawai'i, out of lava rock. The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, portraits, tapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawaii's royal past. Hulihe'e Palace consists of six large graciously appointed rooms, two large inviting oceanfront lanai and lovely grounds. Hulihe'e Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawai'i in 1973.
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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

Location: 73-4388 Ilikai Place, Kailua-Kona

Phone: 808-329-6840

Within earshot of Kailua-Kona`s lava-enclosed airstrip and close enough to the ocean to feel the sea spray, a tiny blue building fronts an unusual aquatic farm, the only one of its kind in the United States. On any given day, Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is home to more than 20,000 seahorses and I`ve flown from Honolulu on the promise that I would get to interact with one.
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Hamakua Macadamia Nut Visitor Center

Location: Kawaihae

Phone: 808-882-1690

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Visitor Center in Kawaihae offers free guided factory tours everyday from 8:00 to 5:00
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Kona Deep Sea Fishing

Location: Honokohau Harbor

Description: The island of Hawaii is one of the world's best marlin and big-game fishing destinations. The Big Island's Kona Coast is uniquely situated on the sheltered, leeward side of the island. This coast is protected from heavy seas and Pacific trade winds by mountains nearly 14,000 feet tall. (here is a map: (Click here for a map.) )  Nowhere else in the world is such successful big-game fishing found in such calm waters. Sea conditions off the Kona coast are typically calm and sunny, and the island's steep bottom puts big-game fishing just 1/4-mile offshore. Most of Kona's 1,000-pound marlin have been caught only 2 to 5 miles from shore! Besides, world record marlin, many other pelagic fish are found here, including wahoo (ono), dolphin fish (mahi mahi) and ahi (yellow fin tuna).  Our featured boat is found at www.konadeepsea.com

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