Through a circular path, the park takes us to an area where there was an ancient Hawaiian settlement. The trail, just over one hour, starts among trees that have survived the lava and ends up visiting the coastal area, where with a little luck you can see turtles. Admission is free, but you have to visit before 4 pm.
Kailua-Kona is the second largest city in Big Island. It is a very calm and peaceful place. There is a stunning bay that annually hosts the famous Ironman competition. The street running along the bay is full of shops and terraces, where you can enjoy a mean for a decent price, while watching the sunset.
This small beach is situated behind the Hotel King Kamehameha Beach Hotel. It is the perfect place for children, as the beach is protected from the open sea and there is a shallow surf. You always have to be careful because many people launch their kayaks and canoes from this point.
This was the first church built in Hawaii. It was completed in 1837. The land was given to the Christain missionaries, who came from Boston, by King Kamehameha III. The building is made of pieces of lava coral. The interior of the church is very simple, elegant and uses koa wood from the island. There is also a small cemetery outside. It is located on the sea front on Avenue Kailua-Kona Alii.
The Governor of Hawaii, John Kuakini, had this mansion built in the year 1838. From 1844 to 1914, the palace was using the Hawaiian royal family as a summer home. In 1925 it became a museum and today almost everything that was in the original monarchy house has been restored. This was the last home of King Kamehameha I. The views from the garden are beautiful and when there is a gentle breeze blowing it is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Kona airport is quite a small airport, but it has to be one of the nicest I've ever come across. When you go to Hawaii you have to enjoy the sun and the good weather as much as possible, and this airport allows you to do this up to the very last moment. Aloha!