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Kailua-Kona , HI , United States

Hale Hina is located in Keauhou Estates, a 24/7 guard gated community located just a few miles south of Kailua-Kona in an unincorporated community called Keauhou. The 500' elevation allows for refreshing ocean breezes to flow through the house, and provides a breathtaking and expansive 180 degree ocean view. Kailua-Kona is a town on the west coast of Hawaii Island (the Big Island). Hulihee Palace is a former royal vacation home dating from 1838. Mokuaikaua Church, from the 1800s, is Hawaii’s oldest Christian church. On Kailua Bay, reconstructed thatched houses at Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark mark King Kamehameha I’s residence.

Kailua Kona is referred to both as “Kailua” and “Kona” by locals. The weather on this side of the Big Island is almost always dry and sunny and there are many white sand beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming that are easy to reach from Kona. Kailua Kona is located where the western slopes of the Hualālai volcano meet the ocean. North of the city were the weather gets dryer you can find gorgeous beaches, the resort coast, and world- famous golf courses. The climate here is more humid and perfect for lush forests and for growing the world-famous Kona coffee.

Keauhou is a historic district just south of Kailua-Kona with a coastal area frequented by manta rays at night and whales during their migration season. Humpback whales visit Hawaiian waters each year from November to May with the peak of the season being from January to March. Breaching, jumping and frolicing whales are often seen from Hale Hina's lanai during their migration season.

The Keauhou Resort area has emerged as one of the island of Hawaii’s great cultural destinations. The area is bordered on the north coast by beautiful Kahaluu Bay with the famous Kona coffee country of Holualoa just up the slopes of Hualalai volcano. Keauhou is an area blessed with sunny weather and perfect waters for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Just down at the bottom of the street from Hale Hina is Kahalu’u Beach Park, one of the top 3 favorite snorkeling spots on the Big Island. These idyllic conditions made it a favorite hideaway of Hawaiian royalty, and today the area boasts diligently restored heiau (temples) and a wealth of historical sites.

At night, the Keauhou area attracts manta rays that feed on microscopic plankton. To really see manta rays up close and personal, go on a snorkeling or diving excursion at night and swim with the rays. Tours depart from various locations in Kona.

While the Big Island is not the best place in the state to go on a shopping spree (the population is simply to low) Kona is the best place to go shopping for souvenirs while you are on the Big Island because of the many cruise ships stopping by and because of it’s role as tourist-capital of the island. The Keauhou Shopping Center is less than a mile down the street from Hale Hina and is home to several restaurants, clothing stores, a grocery store, pharmacy, book store, art galleries, movie theater, urgent care, post office, beauty salon and jewelry store. There is also a farmers market every Saturday morning.

In Kona, the best place to look for shops is Ali’i drive. There are many shops selling everything from cheap souvenirs and t-shirts to expensive jewelry, locally made art, and anything in between. Most shops are located on the 1-mile stretch going south from the pier in Kailua bay to the Royal Kona Resort. Further inland you can find some smaller shopping centers and there is a Costco close to the Kona airport.

The Big Island is known as the golf capital of the state, and Kona is in the heart of it. Some of the biggest names in course design have carved championship golf courses into the island that will call you back to the green – again and again. The closest golf course to Hale Hina is the Kona Country Club located less than 2 miles away just down the hill.

Kailua-Kona is located on the opposite side of the Big Island from Hilo and the Kilauea Volcano. It takes 2 hours by car to reach Hilo and 2.5 hours to reach the area most recently impacted by the eruptions. Volcanoes National Park is also a 2 hour drive from Hale Hina.


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