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.
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!