Ali’i refers to a chief or chiefess, basically Hawaiian Royalty and Kailua-Kona holds a special place in Hawaiian history. Here you can explore a coastline that will consume your day with historical points of interest, museums, ancient battlegrounds, and century old churches. Maybe just relax with a nice cold drink and let your soul rejuvenate as you let the calming effects of the ocean hypnotize your mind.
Ali’i drive presents visitors with a coastal walk perfect by day and in the late night hours. Besides walking, other options are to rent a bike or hop on a trolley to see more of Kona and get a feel for island life. Along the way, you will find many unique gift and souvenir items, boutiques, and eateries. You surely will not be disappointed.
Start your day right by treating yourself to a cup of Kona coffee at Menehune Coffee or Surfin’ Ass Coffee. Kona coffee is special because the hillsides of Kona provide the perfect conditions of rich volcanic soil and favorable weather cultivating coffee. You will notice the intense flavor and signature aroma from your first sip. Evenings are even more relaxing as the day cools and the All’i Drive slows down. Still, you will find a few restaurants offering an energetic atmosphere and live music. You may encounter “Kokua Kailua,” an open market with many local merchants, crafters, and artisans. If you missed it, search for events at https://www.thisweekhawaii.com/event-calendar/big-island/ and find relevant upcoming events you won’t want to miss.
Courtesy of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce