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World Famous Kona Coffee

Aug 17, 2007
Kailua Kona also known simply as Kona, has a history that looms much larger than its size would indicate. Nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, this area was considered the premier place to live in ancient times due to the excellent weather and water. It is situated in the north west of the island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most unique. You can actually drive around the crater of an active volcano, taste the sulphur in the air, and feel the hot steam rising from fissures around you. In the evenings, the unearthly glow of molten lava is visible through cracks in the earth. The activity of the volcano is not predictable, but it is carefully monitored.

British explorer Captain James Cook first spotted Hawaii off the coast of Kona. It is also where King Kamehameha the Great died and where the ancient taboo system was discarded.

Arced around its harbour, this town is the main centre on the Kona coast, though many of the main Kona hotels are many miles north of the town, occupying various beaches.

The town is the departure point for snorkelling excursions, is the site of a royal palace and serves as a regional shopping area.

Most people consider Kona to be the centre of the visitor industry on the Big Island. The town has an intoxicating aroma, thanks in part to the Kona Coasts world famous Kona coffee.

The main street, Alii Drive, runs along the oceanfront through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamoo Battlefield, where many lives were lost in fighting over the value of the kapu system. The charming town mixes numerous historical sites with modern tourist attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels.

Today, Kona is one of the worlds great sports fishing centres and home to the annual Iron man Triathlon. The King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel has been the headquarters of the Iron man Triathlon since 1988. The 460 room hotel fronts the only white sandy beach in Kona. The full service hotel features three restaurants, swimming pool with a whirlpool spa and sauna, comprehensive meeting and banquet facilities, a Hawaiian activity centre, beauty salon and the only air conditioned shopping mall in Kona.

Tourists have discovered the uniqueness of Kona and made it a popular destination. Ask any town resident and you will learn how deeply the people love their town.For example go up the mountains or down to the sea. Enjoy the view or play till the sun goes down, as well as cruising the beach road to Kona town.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Kona Rental Site
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