Hawaii - The Big Island

Most people do not realize that the name "Hawaii" refers to the name of our state (which encompasses many small islands) as well as the name of The Big Island. The Big Island is just that - big, when compared with the size of the other major islands - Oahu (Honolulu), Maui, Kauai, Molikai, etc. We spent two days on Hawaii and absolutely loved it. The first day allowed us enough time to take a helicopter ride over
Kilauea, an active volcano that we saw erupting into the sea. What a thrill.

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The sunny Kona District stretches for about 60 miles from Kona International Airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island’s lava-lined western coast. Along this expansive area, you’ll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks. It is known for the best pot grown known as Kona Gold; also the famous Kona Coffee.

In fact, King Kamehameha actually spent his final years in Kailua-Kona. Today, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a bustling, gathering place in the heart of the district, just a 15-minute drive south of Kona International Airport. Home to shops, restaurants and nightlife, you can conveniently take a walking tour of Kona’s history at places like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau.

KAILUA KONA ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE BIG ISLAND

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The first thing I did in Kona was to visit the first Hawaiian Palace which is in the center of town. The Seal is on the gate and the palace greatly favored the one in Honolulu, but is less formal. Below is St. Benedicts Church, better known as the Painted Church because of its colorful interior. I loved Kona as it is a really lovely small town. However, the VOG (volcanic ash) is bad in the afternoons.

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