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Big Island of Hawaii ~ Kailua-Kona

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June is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but is currently residing in New York. She loves to cook naturally with plants from her garden.

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Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii ~ Kailua-Kona

Aloha! E komo mai!

Hele mai! Hele mai!

Welcome back!

Mahalo for continuing on our tour of the Big Island of Hawaii! On this leg of the tour (Part 6) we will be visiting Kailua-Kona, the sport fishing capital of the world and home to the annual Ironman Triathlon World Championship endurance race.

If you missed the last 5 buses (pages) of our tour you can catch them here:

The Big Island of Hawaii, also named Hawaii, is the most diverse of all the Hawaiian Islands. You can travel around the Big Island of Hawaii in one day and go from white sand beaches to snow capped volcanoes; from cacti on cattle ranches to tropical rain forest; from black beaches to green sand beaches; and then on to live erupting volcanoes. All in one day!

But wait! You don't want to do it all in one day! Relax, take your time, enjoy! There is so much to see and do on a Big Island of Hawaii Circle Island Tour!

This is a Hawaiian Hale (House) - Tradition Requires that You Remove Your Shoes Before You Enter

You Gotta Remove Your Shoes Before You Go Inside

You Gotta Remove Your Shoes Before You Go Inside

Eh! No Forget!

You Gotta Remove Your Shoes Before You Go Inside

Relax...Take Your Time

It is well worth it to take your time and plan on staying for a while. There are so many unique and interesting things for you to enjoy while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii. You don't want to just drive around the island without stopping and miss it all!

You will want to slow down and absorb the beauty; slow down and experience the diverse cultures and life styles; slow down and savor the exotic tastes and aromas that the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer.

Where is Kailua-Kona, Hawaii?

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Map

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Map

I Kona - Sung by Ledward Kaapana

Listen to "I Kona" by Ledward Kaapana while visiting the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii

Sing Along with the lyrics below:

Sing Along with the Lyrics:

Aia i Kona kai 'opua i ka la'i

'A'ohe lua e like ai me 'oe

Malihini makou ia 'oe i Kona

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I ke kona a keu ke aloha no makou

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka pu ana

'A'ohe lua e like ai me 'oe

English Translation:

There in Kona are the cloud banks and calm seas

Second to none, you are incomparable

We are your guests in Kona

By invitation with love for us

Tell the refrain

Second to none, you are incomparable

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Ali'i Drive

We will be traveling along Ali'i Drive which is the ocean front main thoroughfare, which weaves along the Kona Coast from Keauhou Bay into Kailua-Kona where it gently winds to an end at the Kona Pier.

Our first stop in Keauhou is Kuamoo and the Lekeleke Burial Grounds.

William Pitt Kalanimoku  - Kamehameha I's Chief Minister And Treasurer led army against the revolt of Kekua o`kalani at the battle of Kuamoʻo

William Pitt Kalanimoku - Kamehameha I's Chief Minister And Treasurer led army against the revolt of Kekua o`kalani at the battle of Kuamoʻo

Kuamo'o

Where the Hawai'ian Gods Died

Kuamoo and the Burial Grounds of Lekeleke is a significant historical place of the Hawaiian people, that is not found in very many tour itineraries.

This is the where the ancient Hawaiian religion died in a blaze of musket fire, After the death of Kamehameha I, his son Kamehameha II, was crowned King Liholiho. Shortly thereafter, he ate at the table of women and commoners, thereby breaking the ancient kapu`ai system.

This was previously discussed in The Ending of the Kapu`ai System on the Big Island of Hawaii ~ Kona Coast page.

Chief Kekua o`kalani, who held radically different views about religious traditions, unsuccessfully challenged King Liholiho in battle here.

The battle was fought between the traditionalists Hawaiians; headed by Kekua o`kalani, that wanted to keep the old religious traditions of the kapu' ai system alive, and forces of Liholiho and regent Kaahumanu; the Hawaiians that wanted to be free of the kapu laws.

Over three hundred warriors lost their lives here and their graves, despite the official-looking marker at the site, are under the numerous, large stone altars erected by the victors over the very spots the warriors fell. Viewing their lava rock burial mounds produces an

Viewing their lava rock burial mounds produces an eerie feeling and a good case of "chicken skin" (goose bumps).

The Hapaiali'i Heiau (temple) and the Ke`eku Heiau are located nearby the battlefield. The walls of Hapaialii Heiau are newly restored, and honor the royalty.

Kuamoo and the Burial Grounds of Lekeleke

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Keauhou Bay

Keauhou Bay: The Birthplace of a King

Keauhou Bay is our next stop on our tour of Ali'i Drive in Kona.

Kamehameha III was born nearby Keauhou Bay, a favorite place for snorkeling, swimming, and picnics. This is another place the Honu turtles can frequently be seen.

Book a sailing, snorkeling and diving adventure with the Fair Wind catamaran at Keauhou Bay. Board the boat to sail to Kealakekua Bay for a 2-1/2 hour expedition of sailing, snorkeling, diving and fun.

I am biased in my appreciation of the Fair Winds as I use to surf with the owners, Steve and Jay Lambert, when we were all kids in school in Honolulu. I also worked for them in their office for Captain Cook VII and Fair Winds tour boat companies, years ago.

Kayaks are another fun activity that can be rented at Keauhou Bay. When in Kona, just check at any of the Activities Desks in town. You can find them in every hotel lobby and there are several set up right on the street in the village of Kailua-Kona.

King Kamehameha III Birthplace - Keauhou Bay ~ Kailua-Kona

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