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Best things to do in North Kona

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“In old Hawai'i, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival is to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu'uhonua, or place of refuge. As you enter, the great wall rises up before you marking the boundaries between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki'i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple, housing the bones of the chiefs that infuse the area with their power or mana. If you reached this sacred place, you would be saved. Today, you may visit Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and still feel the spirit of peace and forgiveness that continues to surround and bless this special place.”
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Food
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“Kona Brewery is a "must" for anyone who likes beer. But even people who don't like beer will be impressed with the good food and 2,000 square-foot outdoor lanai. Brewery tours are available daily, and the "Growler Shack" is open daily for beer-to-go.”
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Beach
“Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. Kahaluu Beach is not a marine preserve, yet for having no fishing limitations, it rivals and sometimes surpasses the quantity of fish you’ll see at a dedicated marine sanctuary.”
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American Restaurant
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“Shoes optional! Can’t beat the food and views while you slip off your shoes to put your feet in the sand while you relax right in the ocean.”
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Department Store
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“No trip to Kailua-Kona is complete without a trip to Costco! Great for quick food from the outdoor food court, groceries, gifts, local food, and much more.”
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Beach Bar
“Eat a fabulous meal or grab a drink and sit right on the beach at sunset. Also live music. ”
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American Restaurant
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“This is the "upper" Huggo's that has higher quality food and nicer decor that what you'll find at "Huggo's on the Rocks" a few feet North. Both have live music many nights a week and are right on the ocean for breezes and sunsets.”
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Café
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“Coffee shop & cafe with beach views & sidewalk space goes from morning eggs to evening seafood.”
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Point of Interest
“This small but gorgeous beach (also called White Sands and, officially, Laʻaloa Beach) has turquoise water, great sunsets, little shade and possibly the best bodysurfing and bodyboarding on the Big Island. Waves are consistent and just powerful enough to shoot you across the water into a sandy bay (beware: the north side of the bay has more rocks). During high winter surf the beach can vanish literally overnight, earning the nickname ‘Magic Sands.’ The park is about 4 miles south of central Kailua-Kona.”
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Beach
“Definitely need to go here early by 9am to get a decent place to park and place on the sand. Very popular beach with younger crowd. White sand and great waves to body surf on. ”
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Restaurant
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“Our personal favorite for lunch and dinner. Local-style Hawaiian comfort food with an emphasis on poke & fresh fish. Casual.”
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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. ”
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Coffee Shop
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“I teach yoga here Monday and Tuesday mornings at 8:30 but there are classes Monday thru Friday and the view is amazing (so Is the food ) ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“It will blow your poke mind... they do lunch and run out of the best stuff early”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Might be our favorite restaurant, period! Excellent fresh Hawaiian fish every day. Jackie Rey's is a bit of a locals' favorite.”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Very close local grocery with options from organic to standard American diet. Poke is amazing! ”
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