A few popular properties here include the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, the Wyndham Mauna Loa Village, and the Kona Coast Resort. One of our absolute favorite places to stay on the Big Island is just south of Kailua- Kona .
Holualoa is a small village in the center of coffee country, about 1,400 feet above Kailua-Kona. The name Holualoa comes from the Hawaiian words “holua”, meaning wooden sleds, and “loa”, meaning long. In the old days, Hawaiians used to go down the long mountain slopes on wooden sleds.
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The Island of Hawai’i, commonly called the ‘ Big Island ‘, is also known as the ‘Orchid Isle’ because of the abundance of the tropical flower that grows effusively here. The Island of Hawai’i shares its name with the entire State of Hawai’i, which can be confusing to those who don’t live here.
Hilo is more affordable and has more local character. Hilo definitely feels less touristy than Kona , which is a good thing. Hilo has some great rainforests and waterfalls in the area, so it’s a good place for hiking and other outdoor activities. The Hilo side gets a lot more rain than Kona , so consider that as well.
Kona offers better weather, the best beaches and snorkeling, newer resorts, more vacation rentals, and more nightlife compared to Hilo Town. Hilo is worth a visit but may not be worth staying for more than a night.
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On the Island of Hawai’i, the youngest of the main Hawaiian Islands, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are historically the two most active volcanoes, with frequent eruptions.
Kona is also famous for its deep-sea fishing, hosting the International Billfish Tournament (August) every year. And on land, don’t forget to travel to the cooler upland slopes of town like Holualoa, where you can sample the distinctive flavors of 100% Kona coffee, which is what Kona is famous for !
Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport