Kailua Kona Mauka

Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii

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The west coast of Hawaii is know as the “Kona Side”. Due to the local weather conditions this side of Hawaii is almost always dry and sunny, and there are numerous white sand beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming! The Kona side of the Island is also known for its lush green golf courses that form an unearthly contrast with the black lava they are build upon and attract top-players from around the world.

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Kailua Kona Mauka
The bay of Kailua Kona, as seen from up hill (Mauka). Photo credits: Travis Thurston

In the middle of the Kona coast, a few miles south of the Kona International Airport (KOA), lies the historic seaside town of Kailua-Kona. In the last couple of decades, this formerly sleepy coffee and fishing village has transformed into a hustling and bustling city with a thrilling atmosphere!

Kailua Kona (also referred to both as “Kailua” or “Kona”) has shops of every description and restaurants for every taste. It is a good home base to explore this side of the island. Relax and look at the waves crashing over the black lava rocks while sipping from a cup of the world-famous Kona coffee, or have some freshly caught ahi (tuna) while recovering from your busy day.

If you are staying here, don’t forget to get up early one day to go for some sunrise-snorkeling at King Kam beach on Ali’i drive.

While you are in Kona, don’t forget to stroll up the “see-and-be-seen” Ali’i Drive, and see the many fish in the bay. End at the Kailua pier or any of the restaurants along the seaside to see the perfect sunset. Why not also take a mai-tai, or one of the many local specialties, the Kona Brewing Company’s handcrafted ales? (back to top)

Directions to Kailua Kona:

Kailua-Kona is the landing place for most visitors to the Big Island through the Kona International Airport. The hele-on bus can deliver you all over the island for free if you have the time. Hilo  (86 miles, 2 hr 20 min), Waimea (40 miles, 1 hr 10 minutes), and Volcano Village (95 miles, 2 hr 15 min) are all easily reachable by car. (back to top)

Practicalities:

Weather in Kailua Kona is warm and sunny, so do not forget to wear plenty of sunscreen. If you venture out to one of the many beaches or hikes, remember to take plenty of water! (back to top)

The Weather Forecast for Kailua Kona:

Weather for Kona
Today 12/13/2014 12/14/2014 12/15/2014 12/16/2014
It is forcast to be Rain Showers at 11:00 PM HST on December 12, 2014
Rain Showers
82°/70°
It is forcast to be Rain Showers at 11:00 PM HST on December 13, 2014
Rain Showers
84°/70°
It is forcast to be Rain Showers at 11:00 PM HST on December 14, 2014
Rain Showers
84°/70°
It is forcast to be Rain Showers at 11:00 PM HST on December 15, 2014
Rain Showers
84°/70°
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM HST on December 16, 2014
Partly Cloudy
84°/68°

Kona lies in the leeward side of the Big Island, which means that weather in Kona is in general sunny and dry. You can find pleasant temperatures year round, with sunny mornings but sometimes cloudy afternoons.

If you want to see what the Kona weather means for your visit to Hawaii (average temperature, hours of sunshine, cloudy days and precipitation), check out the monthly average weather for Kona.

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Interactive Map of Kailua Kona:

This is out map of Kailua Kona with clickable icons. The icons denote information on this website about local activities, shops and vacation rentals. Clicking an icon will display more information. (back to top)

Are you looking for the map of another part of the Big Island? We also have interactive maps of Waimea, Volcano Village and Hilo!