Packed with antiques shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques, Kainaliu is a lunch-and-linger kind of place – handy if you get caught in the infamous 'Kainaliu crawl' traffic jam along the two-lane Mamalahoa Hwy. This is the first bonafide town you'll hit in upcountry South Kona, and while it's barely 20 minutes from Kailua-Kona, the change in atmosphere is palpable – the vibe here is a lot more bohemian, eco-conscious and generally funky.
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