Once a thriving fishing village among many dotting this length of coast, Kaʻupulehu was wiped out by the 1946 tsunami and abandoned until the Kona Village Resort opened here in 1965. Ironically and sadly, in March 2011 the resort closed indefinitely following tsunami damage caused by a massive earthquake in Japan. The luxurious Four Seasons Hualalai – the island's poshest resort – followed in 1996. By law, resorts have to provide public coastal access – meaning you can enjoy some fine beaches without the resort price tag. What you can't do is hit the links at the PGA-tour Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Course, designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus: it's for members and guests only.