Hawaii, Big Island, Kailua-Kona town, View from ocean of Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace
Peter French/© Peter French
This town and resort region on the sunny, lava-topped Kona Coast is the hub of activity for Big Island visitors and residents alike. It’s home to restaurants and shops as well as a boat-lined marina—the spot to join a group excursion of fishing or diving and snorkeling, including a night swim with the giant manta rays that frequent the area. Also worth noting: The cooler, fertile slopes that rise up from the coastal Kailua-Kona region are populated by coffee plantations, and the rigorous annual Hawaiian Ironman triathlon begins and ends here.
A Lava Field for a Back Yard
I took a trip to see an active lava field and on the way came across an old neighborhood taken over by a lava field years ago. Property taxes are cheap here, people! Buy, buy, buy!
I think the sentiment is there, the delivery...not so much.
Hawaii's Own Frozen Treat
The origination of shave ice in Hawaii may be in Haleiwa on Oahu, but the frozen treat can be found on all the islands including Hawaii. After a long day in the sun, nothing tastes sweeter than a refreshing, flavorful shave ice. Local shops offer tropical flavors like mango, lilikoi, passion fruit, coconut, and nearly any other flavor you can dream up!