Welcome to Kealakekua
Hawaiian heiau (temples) and the secret burial caves of aliʻi (chiefs) sat high upon these cliffs centuries ago, and this was once a sacred place – the name means 'pathway of the gods.' Today, Kealakekua is a workaday town – the commercial center of South Kona – spread along the busy Mamalahoa Hwy
Top experiences in Kealakekua
Kona Shore Excursion: Kona Coffee Chocolate and City of Refuge Small Group
Kona Coffee Farm - See Production & Sample Coffee City of Refuge - Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park Beautiful White Sand Beach Kona Chocolate Factory- See Production & Sample Chocolates Kealakekua Bay & Captain Cook Monument Scenic Look Outs South Kona Rainforest Optional Snorkel at Kahalu'u Beach, Shop on Alii Dr. or return back to ship. There are plenty of tasty treats to discover in and around sunny Kailua-Kona. As we make our way through this rugged landscape of old lava fields we enter into Kealakekua which hosts one of the most pristine bays on the Big Island and is rich with historical events. Across the Kealakekua Bay is the Captain Cook Monument put in place for the British explorer Captain James Cook who met his death with the local Hawaiians in this very place. Down the street a bit is the Painted Church, or as it is nick named because Father John painted the interior of the church with 3D depictions from the 1800’s.Next to visit is Puuhonua O Honaunau also known as the city of refuge and is the most famous and best preserved of Hawaii’s ancient places of refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii. At the park, you’ll encounter canoe builders constructing an outrigger canoe the way it was built in ancient times. There are demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian games, including spear throwing competitions. Examine a massive L-shaped wall, built around 1550 from thousands of lava rocks, which separated the chief’s home from the puuhonua. Inside this 1,000-foot-long wall are fine examples of temples and homes of old Hawaii.Now let’s go taste some sweet and buttery chocolates at the chocolate factory where your samples come right off the production line. Gourmet Chocolates made right in front of you. Brittles & Hot Sauces too! As we make our way back we will pass some lovely white sand beaches that spot the Kailua Kona area.To top everything off everyone is welcome to choose how they would like to finish their tour. Yep, that’s right, this tour has an optional ending and not everyone in your group has to do the same. First option would be to snorkel at Turtle Beach for about 1hr. If you decide to snorkel please remember your bathing suit and towel and a few dollars to rent snorkel gear from the vendors at the beach. Option 2 would be to shop on Alii Dr. which have many local shops and fun things to bring home. Option 3 ….If you just had enough chocolates and goodies and don’t want to snorkel or shop we will take you back to the ship and you don’t have to wait around for everyone else.