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Guidebook for Kailua-Kona

Deborah And Carole
Deborah And Carole
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Deborah And Carole

Guidebook for Kailua-Kona

Food Scene
Wonderful poke (raw tuna salads)!
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Da Poke Shack
76-6246 Ali'i Drive
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Wonderful poke (raw tuna salads)!
The island has many wonderful Thai restaurants - this is our favorite.
Royal Thai Cafe
78-6831 Alii Dr
The island has many wonderful Thai restaurants - this is our favorite.
Quick walk from our condo - good coffee and ice cream.
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Green Flash Coffee
75-6000 Alii Drive
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Quick walk from our condo - good coffee and ice cream.
Our favorite restaurant for a higher quality meal with local flavor.
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Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Kona
75-5995 Kuakini Highway
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Our favorite restaurant for a higher quality meal with local flavor.
Two locations - one casual and one formal.
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Los Habaneros
78-6831 Alii Drive
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Two locations - one casual and one formal.
A great place to sit out and watch folks in town.
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Island Lava Java
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A great place to sit out and watch folks in town.
Fabulous restaurant - not to be missed when in Volcano.
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Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant
19-3948 Old Volcano Road
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Fabulous restaurant - not to be missed when in Volcano.
THE best burger we've ever had - PERIOD.
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Village Burger Waimea
67 - 1185 Mamalahoa Highway
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THE best burger we've ever had - PERIOD.
Really basic - really cheap. Have a lilikoi soda for us!
Sandy's Drive In
79-7436 Mamalahoa Highway
Really basic - really cheap. Have a lilikoi soda for us!
Yummy yummy yummy pink and purple breads - sweet and fun.
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Punalu'u Bake Shop
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Yummy yummy yummy pink and purple breads - sweet and fun.
Very special view and particularly good desserts.
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The Coffee Shack
83-5799 Mamalahoa Highway
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Very special view and particularly good desserts.
Good prices, right in the heart of town with some outdoor, water-view seating. Great food.
Thai Rin Restaurant & Bar
Good prices, right in the heart of town with some outdoor, water-view seating. Great food.
Fun to see all the boats at the harbor - and wonderful fish & chips.
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Harbor House
74-425 Kealakehe Parkway
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Fun to see all the boats at the harbor - and wonderful fish & chips.
This is a real little gem. Food made fresh and served from 9:30 a.m. until it runs out or 2 p.m. at the latest. Made to order and super reasonable. A definite locals place. Take out only.
Tamari Lunch
22 Furneaux Lane
This is a real little gem. Food made fresh and served from 9:30 a.m. until it runs out or 2 p.m. at the latest. Made to order and super reasonable. A definite locals place. Take out only.
Oh heck, if you have lunch from Tamari, grab a european style sweet treat from Moonstruck - yum yum yum.
Moonstruck Patisserie
16 Furneaux Lane
Oh heck, if you have lunch from Tamari, grab a european style sweet treat from Moonstruck - yum yum yum.
You should go to Honoka'a and Tex's make great traditional plate lunches (representing bits of Hawaii's melting pot from plantation era). Also a spot for malasadas. Fun gift store.
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Tex Drive-In
45-690 Pakalana Street
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You should go to Honoka'a and Tex's make great traditional plate lunches (representing bits of Hawaii's melting pot from plantation era). Also a spot for malasadas. Fun gift store.
Want super fresh, healthy and yummy - this is your place. We love pHresh. Great acai bowls too. Take out with some outdoor seating.
pHresh
79-7411 Mamalahoa Highway
Want super fresh, healthy and yummy - this is your place. We love pHresh. Great acai bowls too. Take out with some outdoor seating.
Home-style Japanese food - we love going up for lunch.
Old Mamalahoa Hwy
Home-style Japanese food - we love going up for lunch.
If you are looking for a sophisticated and delicious dinner, go to Mi's. Reservations recommended.
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Mi's Waterfront Bistro
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If you are looking for a sophisticated and delicious dinner, go to Mi's. Reservations recommended.
A little on the expensive side, but reliably great food and super close to our condo (short drive up a steep hill).
Kuakini Highway
A little on the expensive side, but reliably great food and super close to our condo (short drive up a steep hill).
Fruit stand and sandwich shop. Nice outdoor seating area.
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The South Kona Fruit Stand
84-4770 Mamalahoa Highway
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Fruit stand and sandwich shop. Nice outdoor seating area.
Good Chinese food.
Ocean Seafood Chinese Restaurant
75-5626 Kuakini Hwy
Good Chinese food.
Good sushi
Hayama Japanese Restaurant
75-5660 Kopiko Street
Good sushi
Our favorite place to get Tropical Dreams ice cream (unless we buy a pint at KTA).
Moo Bettah Frozen Fun
78-6831 Alii Drive
Our favorite place to get Tropical Dreams ice cream (unless we buy a pint at KTA).
Good frozen treat - breakfast, lunch or in between.
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Basik Cafe
75-5831 Kahakai Road
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Good frozen treat - breakfast, lunch or in between.
Good local restaurant where locals also eat in town.
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Splashers Grill
75-5663 Palani Road
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Good local restaurant where locals also eat in town.
If you are already in town and you've already been to Lava Java, then you might want to try Daylight Mind - Lovely location.
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Daylight Mind Coffee Company
75-5770 Ali'i Drive
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If you are already in town and you've already been to Lava Java, then you might want to try Daylight Mind - Lovely location.
Essentials
The local Hawaiian grocery store - not always the least expensive, but our preference to support. Our #1 choice for buying fish.
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KTA Super Stores
78-6831 Alii Drive
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The local Hawaiian grocery store - not always the least expensive, but our preference to support. Our #1 choice for buying fish.
Superb organic market.
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Island Naturals Market & Deli Kailua-Kona
74-5487 Kaiwi Street
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Superb organic market.
Best price on gasoline - bring your Costco card with you!! Also good place for fresh fish.
Costco Gasoline
73-5600 Maiau Street
Best price on gasoline - bring your Costco card with you!! Also good place for fresh fish.
Shopping
THE place to stock up on your basic needs.
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Costco Wholesale
73-5600 Maiau Street
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THE place to stock up on your basic needs.
THE place for souvenirs and beach supplies. Long's is owned by CVS, so they can service CVS prescriptions and Extra Care benefits.
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Longs Drugs
78-6831 Alii Dr
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THE place for souvenirs and beach supplies. Long's is owned by CVS, so they can service CVS prescriptions and Extra Care benefits.
Great gift store.
Parker Ranch
67-1185 Mamalahoa Highway
Great gift store.
Great local bookstore for gifts or your own delight.
Kona Stories Book Store
78-6831 Alii Drive
Great local bookstore for gifts or your own delight.
There are lots of thrift and re-sale stores in this area - Discovery is above average AND they sell Tropical Dreams ice cream - you really should try it!
Discovery Antiques and Ice Cream
81-6593 Mamalahoa Highway
There are lots of thrift and re-sale stores in this area - Discovery is above average AND they sell Tropical Dreams ice cream - you really should try it!
Everything Else
Terrific fun - you'll get to hold your own seahorse and your admission supports their on going preservation work.
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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
73-4388 Ilikai Place
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Terrific fun - you'll get to hold your own seahorse and your admission supports their on going preservation work.
Sightseeing
Incredible snorkeling cruises. Deborah asks for this trip every birthday!
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Fair Wind Cruises
78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
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Incredible snorkeling cruises. Deborah asks for this trip every birthday!
A must! Stay overnight or go before sunrise to see the lava glow in all its glory.
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Národní park Havajské vulkány
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A must! Stay overnight or go before sunrise to see the lava glow in all its glory.
Small but nice garden walking trail. Nice picnic beach with pavilions.
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Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
75-5560 Kuakini Highway
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Small but nice garden walking trail. Nice picnic beach with pavilions.
Great snorkeling - but please don't step on the coral so we can all keep enjoying.
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Kahalu’u Beach Park
786702 Ali'i Dr
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Great snorkeling - but please don't step on the coral so we can all keep enjoying.
Lovely spot! Great beach!
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Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
62-3461 Kawaihae Road
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Lovely spot! Great beach!
Really not to be missed - take your boogie boards!
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Hāpuna Beach State Park
Old Puako Road
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Really not to be missed - take your boogie boards!
If you even remotely like flowers, walking and spectacular ocean views, this is a wonderful place. You can take a bag lunch and sit on a bench to enjoy it. It is hilly and there is an entrance fee.
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway
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If you even remotely like flowers, walking and spectacular ocean views, this is a wonderful place. You can take a bag lunch and sit on a bench to enjoy it. It is hilly and there is an entrance fee.
YOU MUST GO. To see the volcano glow, you need to either be their at dawn or dusk.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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YOU MUST GO. To see the volcano glow, you need to either be their at dawn or dusk.
Yet another lovely beach.
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Waialea Beach
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Yet another lovely beach.
Particularly nice when there is sand (which occasionally washes away and eventually returns). Take the turn before the park.
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Kua Bay
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Particularly nice when there is sand (which occasionally washes away and eventually returns). Take the turn before the park.
Magic Sands is very close to the condo and great for boogie boarding.
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Disappearing Sands Beach
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Magic Sands is very close to the condo and great for boogie boarding.
Small church with lovely murals - a nice little stop.
Painted Church Road
Small church with lovely murals - a nice little stop.
Drinks & Nightlife
We've yet to get there, but our friends give it high accolades.
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Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery
55-3415 Akoni Pule Highway
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We've yet to get there, but our friends give it high accolades.
Arts & Culture
Local productions - a nice old community theater.
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Aloha Theatre
79-7384 Hawaii Belt Road
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Local productions - a nice old community theater.