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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. ”
  • 105 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!”
  • 87 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Happy hour is best. Great local music. 2 restaruants -- Huggo's on beach is pretty cool. ”
  • 81 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
Restaurant
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“Must stop for cold schooners, great eats, great prices, bar top is gorgeous! Come hang with the locals!”
  • 49 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
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. ”
  • 46 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
Bar
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“Like football? This is a great spot to start your day with a mimosa or bloody mary while catching your favorite team on one of the many t.v.s! The view of the bay is an excellent backdrop to the games!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Hotel
“Kona's organic market and deli for all boutique shopping needs! This is our version of Whole Foods!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Museum
“The only Kingdom in the United States this Palace served as a summer resort on the ocean. Lots of history. Often they have events here with Hula and Music with Ukulele. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A classic spot for happy hour and some fine dining! Their Mai Tai's will get you nice and relaxed!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Hands down the best food in town and reasonable. I love the "sand dabs" and highly recommend it. Views to die for! Walk from our unit. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Nightly live jazz and music makes this spot a must do! Upstairs and by the water, it's a great place to unwind from your adventures!”
  • 28 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Great place to relax with your toes in the sand while enjoying happy hour and views!”
  • 87 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Happy hour is best. Great local music. 2 restaruants -- Huggo's on beach is pretty cool. ”
  • 81 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!”
  • 49 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
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. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Coffee shop and restaurant with outdoor seating. Nicer than it looks in the photos! Sunday brunch. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“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

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