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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Historic Site
“It is important to learn, and here learning is possible. There is an amazing story behind this site the buildings, the ponds and the people that lived here.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“We love this restaurant for a breakfast. Be ready to wait in a line to get in and enjoy delirious food and amazing view. If you like fish get Ono Benedict with Macadamia nuts. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Very close local grocery with options from organic to standard American diet. Poke is amazing! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located on the rocky north shore of Kealakekua Bay south of Kona, Capital Cook Monument is great for snorkeling. It has it all, fish, healthy coral, and super clear water. Note that there is no beach.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Kayak with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay Take a visit to Manini beach for a picnic and a swim while you are there”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Accessing and exiting the water requires walking over some rough lava, so wear wear good sandals and be prepared to maybe getting a scrape or two, The snorkeling is excellent and worth the effort. Not for the older or younger groups. Visit the National Historic Monument next door to learn about Hawaii culture.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The perfect place to Snorkel. Beautiful reef with colorful corals and fish to see. The locals call it two step, as you’ll see you’ll just park grab your snorkel gear and jump in the water right their!! Theres a few picnic benches that you can rest and and have a nice picnic lunch if you decide to. Or toast yourself out on the nice pahoehoe lava rocks.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Many experienced snorkelers enjoy Two Step more than Kahaluu. This is a 30 minute drive south. The coral is better here but this is for those comfortable in deep water. If you swim past the Aloha spelled out with concrete blocks to the deep blue waters you may encounter spinner dolphins. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Regularly our dolphins will be visiting this bay. Huge cliffs on one side, and a very important Hawaiian temple: Hikiau Heiau”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Watch for the tiny sign that says "laulaus ahead" and then turn into Super J's near mile marker 107. There's a good chance the "sold out" sign will already be up, but if it's not, go in and order a few platters to take on a picnic.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Church
“This fascinating historical church depicts biblical scenes painted on the walls. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Great hiking trail and a good splash at the end. Great snorkeling spot. Come early in the morning avoid the crowd. No showers, no bathrooms and bring wAter and food.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another place without a lot of ambience, but they do make a good pizza. Order for takeout, and remember to order cheesecake for dessert.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lodging
“Here is another local favorite. Make sure to walk around inside and outside the hotel to. Lots of history.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Route
“This is a historical site. The City of Refuge: Ancient Hawaiian Sanctuary Protected Law Breakers from Death Sentence For the ancient people living on the Hawaiian Islands, kapu was a major factor in their day-to-day lives. Kapu was a system of laws that governed political and religious affairs as well as lifestyle choices and gender roles. Anyone caught guilty of breaking kapu was sentenced to death. The only refugee a kapu rule-breaker could find was at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, a sanctuary that also protected defeated warriors and civilians in times of war. No one could be harmed while they were within the sacred walls of Puʻuhonua. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Route
“Great place to snorkel. Very quiet place for just relaxing and reading a book.”
  • 10 locals recommend