The word "Kona" is often used to identify a specific coffee, to characterize the winds, and differentiate Kailua on the Big Ialand from the Kailua on Oahu (where President Obama vacations each year). Kona-Kailua is a popular destination on the Big Island. From Hawaii Web,
Nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano, is the main western city of Kailua-Kona. In ancient times, this area was considered the premier place to live due to the excellent weather and good water. Many kings made their homes here. Later, missionaries built churches and residences turning the tiny fishing village into a small seaport.
The main street, Ali'i Drive, runs along the oceanfront through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamo'o Battlefield. This charming town mixes numerous historical sites with modern tourist attractions.
The renowned annual Ironman Triathlon starts in Kailua-Kona just to the left of Kailua Pier. Athletes swim 2.4 miles in open ocean starting at this site. Afterwards they ride bikes for 112 miles through lava fields and then run 26.2 additional miles to complete this rugged course.
|The Hulihe'e Palace is the one of three |
Royal Palaces in Hawaii and the US.
(great trivia should you play Jeopardy!)
|It may look plain on the outside but it|
is full of Hawaiian history on the inside.
|The palace overlooks the harbor.|
Here is the link to the palace.
|Across the street is the Moku'aikaua Church.|
|It was built in 1819 shortly after the kapu |
(forbidden) system was abolished when
Kamehameha II ate with women.
|We thought it was an unusual name -|
Scandanavian Shave Ice.
|King Kamehameha's private heiau.|
|Native Hawaiians perform special |
ceremonies in the heiau.
|It overlooks the harbor where children paddle.|
|Kama'aina plays the slack key guitar.|
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's blog. To enter the giveaway,
1. Have you visited a historic harbor town?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.
Kim in Hawaii
Remember March Madness here at SOS Aloha! All commenters to my blogs in March will be entered into a special drawing for prizes from RT in Chicago - 3 US, 3 Canadian, and 3 international readers will win a package with books and goodies. Comments can be made at:
- SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com
- Aloha On My Mind, alohaonmymind.blogspot.com
- My guest posts at the Reading Reviewer (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at marygramlich.blogspot.com
I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.