Virtual Guidebook to the Big Island of Hawai'i
Kailua Village
Island of Hawai'i Hawaii


The village of Kailua was the favored residence of Hawai'ian royalty and site of the first Christian mission on the island. The Hulihe'e Palace on the immediate shoreline and the Mokuaikaua Church across the street attest to this early importance.

Kailua, often known simply as Kona or even Kailua-Kona, next became a tourist destination with the Kona Inn, focused on deep-sea sport fishing, in 1928. IThe King Kamehameha Hotel, first high-rise on the island, was built in 1950. Development has continued, up and down the coast from central Kailua, with hotels, condo developments, and family residences of all sizes.

Predictable afternoon and evening rain keeps Kona green and flowering, but it has more sun than Hilo on the windward side. This has resulted in a shift of tourism from the east to the west coast.



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Kailua Village from the Kailua Pier

(March 16, 2011)


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Ahu'ena Heaiu on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel, from the Kailua Pier

(March 16, 2011)


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The King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, flooded during the tsunami of March 11

(March 16, 2011)


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The seawall on Ali'i Drive in Kailua Village, repaved after tsunami damage

(March 16, 2011)


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Hulihe'e Palace on Kailua Bay, Kona

(March 16, 2011)


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Mokuaikaua Church, oldest in Hawai'i

(March 16, 2011)


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Kona Inn Shopping Village, closed for repairs after the tsunami

(March 16, 2011)


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Alii Drive south of Kailua Village

(March 16, 2011)


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Swimming pool at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua

(March 16, 2011)


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