Description: Whether it’s the rhythms of coastal life, the small town feel of old Hawaiʻi, or the misty mountains of coffee country, South Kona has a lot to offer. South Kona is just a short drive from the bustling city life of Kailua-Kona, yet its character is very different. Here you’ll enjoy country living in the land of Kings where Captain Cook met his untimely end, and where the illustrious Kona coffee is grown and shipped to connoisseurs around the world. There’s convenient shopping at the Kealakekua Ranch Shopping Center, and the Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua serves the West Hawaii community along with many private practices.

Activities: Water sports are legendary in South Kona, the home of the Kealakekua Bay Marine Sanctuary and Hoʻokena State Beach Park. The swimming and snorkeling is fantastic and the area is known for teaming pods of friendly dolphins and abundant marine life. Did we mention that the bays and coves dotting the shoreline are gorgeous, too? And if you don’t want to look at fish, you can also catch them – deep sea fishing is a favorite South Kona pastime. Along the coastline and throughout South Kona you’ll find coffee plantations, excellent hiking, and even a few ranches that offer horseback trail rides.

Heritage: South Kona is a land of Polynesian Kings and Queens whose word was law and who were laid to rest in secret caves along the coastline. For those who broke the sacred laws the only chance of survival was reaching Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, the Place of Refuge, which is now Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park honoring Hawaiian culture and heritage.
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