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Things to do in Kailua-Kona

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.
Food
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“Microbrewery with informal tours, pizza and other food, live music on Sundays and a lanai with a corrugated tin roof. Beer to go is also sold on premises. When purchasing beer, you may also bring your hydro flask to get it filled up with beer. Recommend for lunch and dinner. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Beach
“Good snorkel spot. Some parking available, get there early. Make sure to have water shoes as it is rocky to get into water.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Department Store
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“If you have a membership, this is a great spot to stock the AirBnb for your stay!”
  • 73 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great place to relax with your toes in the sand while enjoying happy hour and views!”
  • 88 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Happy hour is best. Great local music. 2 restaruants -- Huggo's on beach is pretty cool. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“Beautiful sunsets, located right on the beach, Happy hour 3-5pm daily. Dance in the sand to live music. Great food.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Café
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“We love going here for week day breakfast and happy hour. Great staff and really yummy food. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful beach close to town. It has restrooms and outdoor showers. Popular spot to body board. Beware: water can get rough. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Nature
“One of the few sandy beaches in town. Beware: lots of wave trauma happens here. Know your abilities and water conditions. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Must stop for cold schooners, great eats, great prices, bar top is gorgeous! Come hang with the locals!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Jackie Rey's is a fantastic spot for some foodie dishes served up with spotless presentation. Their mashed purple sweet potatoes are my favorite. They also have a great happy hour!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great fresh poke. Go early as poke is made fresh daily, and once it runs out during the day- no more is made. Line can get long and limited seating- Poke worth it :)”
  • 35 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you can't decide between a Mai Tai or an iced latte, Daylight Mind is the place to go! You can order drinks from the front counter and go sit upstairs on the waterfront Lanai, or if you're looking for drink and appetizers, you can ask for a table in their wave-crashing restaurant. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Coffee shop and restaurant with outdoor seating. Nicer than it looks in the photos! Sunday brunch. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Splasher's Grill is a family friendly restaurant that offers diners breathtaking views of Kailua Kona Bay and a delicious, affordable menu. Recommend for breakfast and lunch.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Hawaiian Heritage Cuisine. Fresh, locally-grown vegetables and fruits, Big Island cattle and out-of-this-world fresh seafood combine in Sam’s creative dishes.”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Great place to relax with your toes in the sand while enjoying happy hour and views!”
  • 88 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Happy hour is best. Great local music. 2 restaruants -- Huggo's on beach is pretty cool. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“Beautiful sunsets, located right on the beach, Happy hour 3-5pm daily. Dance in the sand to live music. Great food.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Café
“We love going here for week day breakfast and happy hour. Great staff and really yummy food. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Must stop for cold schooners, great eats, great prices, bar top is gorgeous! Come hang with the locals!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Jackie Rey's is a fantastic spot for some foodie dishes served up with spotless presentation. Their mashed purple sweet potatoes are my favorite. They also have a great happy hour!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great fresh poke. Go early as poke is made fresh daily, and once it runs out during the day- no more is made. Line can get long and limited seating- Poke worth it :)”
  • 35 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“If you can't decide between a Mai Tai or an iced latte, Daylight Mind is the place to go! You can order drinks from the front counter and go sit upstairs on the waterfront Lanai, or if you're looking for drink and appetizers, you can ask for a table in their wave-crashing restaurant. ”
  • 45 locals recommend

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