The newly refurbished Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay Resort is stylish, with a large pool and water slide. But it was the history and the view from the hotel (located off the famous Ali'i Drive) that won me over.
The hotel gives you an excellent vantage point to the bay around which King Kamehameha III was born (stillborn, as legend has it). He grew up to become Hawai'i's powerful and benevolent ruler, and sought to unite the people. He called The Big Island his home and is beloved by many.
The hotel offers several notable cultural markers, including two heiau (Hawaiian temple) replicas.
Wednesday Farmer's Market @ the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay
On Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm, this cool market consists of local farmers & artists who grow fresh food & create art. No imports at this market! On a grassy field in front of the Sheraton, there's plenty of market parking inside & on the road. Live music, plenty of shady seating & tables, lots of food & art to enjoy. A do-not-miss experience on the west side of Hawaii Island (the Big Island). Lots of Aloha!