Thursday, August 30, 2012

Best Beaches in Kona

The Big Island may not have as many white sand beaches as O‘ahu, but you if you know where to go, you can find some of the most pristine beaches in the entire state right here on the leeward side of Hawai‘i Island.

Makalawena Beach
One of the most breathtaking beaches in Kona, Makalawena is located just north of the Kona Keahole International Airport. Powder-white sand dunes, secluded lagoons, a Queen's bath and a majestic stretch of beach define this hidden gem, which can be reached by hiking across a lava trail from Kekaha Kai State Park. This beach is closed on Wednesdays, but every other day of the week offers opportunities for an epic day at an unforgettable destination.

If you're not up for the hike to Makalawena, you can always park yourself at Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Mahaiula Beach. The sandy white beach and gentle waters make this a destination to remember. Also located near the airport, Kua Bay offers a scenic and sandy beach that is excellent for swimming and snorkeling, and is easily accessible by car.

Waialea Bay
Farther up the coast, the seaside village of Puako provides a sleepy setting for relaxation and fun in the sun. Known to locals as Beach 69 (named after the 69th telephone pole that marks the location), Waialea Beach offers plenty of shade and lots of private coves divided by fallen kiawe trees. Public restrooms and outdoor showers have been installed in recent years, making this beach a great destination for families.

Here at Holualoa Inn, visitors can enjoy close proximity to the best beaches on the Big Island. Our Holualoa Inn ohana will be happy to assist you in planning your beach adventures, as you take it all in from the beauty of our Kona Hawai‘i boutique hotel bed and breakfast.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Race

It's the World Cup of outrigger canoe paddling, and it happens every Labor Day weekend (September 1, 2, and 3) right here in Kailua-Kona.

The Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race attracts more than 2,000 outrigger canoe paddlers from around the world to compete in canoe races along the shores of the Kona Coast. Beginning Saturday, September 1, crews from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, United Kingdom, Canada, Mainland U.S. and Hawai‘i will descend on the pier in Historic Kailua Village — the starting point for the signature 18-mile race featuring the best paddlers in the world. Iron-women crews — who paddle the entire 18 miles without a crew change — begin their race at 7:30 a.m., followed by other crews in a variety of divisions, male and female. The winning men's crews are expected to reach the finish line at the pier around 1 p.m. in the afternoon.

There are lots of places along Ali‘i Drive to enjoy the action, or better yet, take a stroll to the pier and see all the paddlers gathered together in one place. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Many of the clubs sell souvenir T-shirts, hats and paddling memorabilia to raise money for their organizations.

Saturday's race champions will receive their awards at 3:30 p.m. at the luau grounds adjacent to the pier. The public is invited to attend. Then at sunset, don't miss the traditional Torch Light Parade that travels through Historic Kailua Village. More racing events take place on Sunday and Monday, including the double hull canoe races, stand-up paddleboard races and the Ali‘i Challenge single-hull canoe race featuring 12-person crews.

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Kailua-Kona, Holualoa Inn offers a tropical Hawai‘i bed and breakfast retreat with incredible panoramic views of the Kona Coast. From our vantage point, you might even be able to see outrigger canoes as they traverse the coastline.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Friday, August 10, 2012

U.S. Mint to Unveil Commemorative Kilauea Volcano Quarter

New money will be rolling into Hawai‘i in the form of a newly minted U.S. quarter that commemorates Kilauea Volcano. The next installment of the United State Mint's "America the Beautiful Quarters Program," the coin showcases an engraved depiction of an eruption of Kilauea Volcano.

Designed by sculptor-engraver Charles L. Vickers, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes quarter is the 14th in a series of 56 America the Beautiful Quarters and is the fourth quarter in the series to be released this year. To celebrate the unveiling, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will host an official event on Wednesday, August 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the park's Kahua Hula, located south of Kilauea Visitor Center on Crater Rime Drive. Visitors can exchange cash for $10 rolls of the highly collectible quarter.

This is not the first time that Hawai‘i has been featured on a U.S. quarter. In 2008, the Hawai‘i State Quarter was released as the 50th coin in the State Quarter series. The reverse of the coin was designed and engraved by artist Don Everhart, who created an image of King Kamehameha I overlooking the Hawaiian Islands. The coin also includes the state motto, "UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘AINA I KA PONO," which means "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." More than 500 million Hawai‘i state quarters are in circulation.

Here at Holualoa Inn, we invite you to experience our Kona Hawai‘i bed and breakfast located on 31 lush acres overlooking the Kona Coast. Guest enjoy farm-to-plate gourmet breakfasts, homegrown Kona coffee, beautiful Asian-style furnishings, and of course as always, sterling hospitality.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn