[Big Island Day 4] Downtown Kailua-Kona in One Day

After seeing the sea turtles, we came back to downtown Kailua-Kona. We parked near Splashers Grill and walked a few blocks along Ali’i Drive from Kamakahonu Beach to Hulihe‘e Palace.

Downtown Kailua-Kona Kamakahonu Beach & Historic Landmark
Kamakahonu Beach & ‘Ahu’ena Heiau Temple

Our first stop was Kailua Pier and the beaches. Kamakahonu Beach is a small white sand beach on the west side of the pier. We didn’t go into the water or snorkel this time because I didn’t feel like doing activities in such a small area. We walked along the shore and took a closer look at ‘Ahu’ena Heiau Temple. It was the place where King Kamehameha I spent his last 7 years in power before his son succeeded him. It was reconstructed in the 1970s.

Downtown Kailua-Kona Scandinavian Shave Ice
Scandinavian Shave Ice

It was noon, so we stepped into Scandinavian Shave Ice to cool ourselves down. We ordered a bowl of shaved ice with guava, coconut, and passion fruit flavors to share. The taste was ok. I think I prefer Taiwanese shaved ice as it comes with toppings like red beans, mung beans instead of liquid flavors.

Downtown Kailua-Kona Hulihe‘e Palace
Hulihe‘e Palace

The last stop was Hulihe‘e Palace. It was a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty built in 1838. It is now a museum showcasing furniture and artefacts from the late 19th century. Instead of going in, we just walked around the building.

We didn’t walk further because of the burning sun. The downtown area of Kailua-Kona is small and I don’t see a lot of interesting places. The good thing is that there are plenty of restaurants with different cuisine. If I am coming to Kailua-Kona again, I will go to the restaurants I missed and try out a few new ones.

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