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2017 King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade

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Join the fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, when Historic Kailua Village honors the legacy of Hawaii’s great monarch, King Kamehameha I. The annual floral parade begins at 9 a.m. on Ali‘i Drive near Royal Kona Resort. The route traverses through town past Coconut Grove Marketplace, Waterfront Row, Kona Inn Shopping Center, then past and Hulihe‘e Palace, the pier, Ahuena…

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Exploring Kealakekua Bay by Land and Sea

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It’s one of the most beautiful and historic bays on all of Hawaii Island. Located in South Kona below the town of Captain Cook, Kealakekua Bay is known worldwide for the pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the waters there. A popular destination for kayaking and snorkeling, Kealakekua Bay is nestled in the shadow of the towering cliffs of the Ka‘awaloa Pali….

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Winter is Whale-Watching Season in Kona, Hawaii

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Every winter in Hawaii beginning in November, pods of magnificent humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands. February usually marks the peak of whale season in Kona, as thousands of whales become “snowbirds” in Hawaii, arriving here to breed, give birth and frolic along the shoreline. It’s easy to see whales from land or…

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Kokua Kailua Village Stroll Outdoor Shopping and Entertainment Event

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Every third Sunday of the month in Historic Kailua Village, a pedestrian-only, outdoor marketplace transforms Ali‘i Drive into a must-attend event for residents and visitors alike. Featuring 105 vendor booths, a concert stage, food and live music, the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll showcases the talents and wares of Big Island artists, crafters, chefs, musicians, merchants and more. Items for sale…

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Huli Huli Chicken is Hot in Hawaii — Experience a Local Culinary Tradition

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Smoke billows across the highway as dozens of chicken halves skewered on rods rotate continuously like passengers on a carnival ride over open flames on a rotisserie grill. The enticing, unmistakable aroma of a kiawe barbecue attracts passersby in cars. They pull over to purchase an order or two of succulent, tender chicken widely referred to throughout the islands as “huli…

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Mokuaikaua —Hawaii’s Oldest Christian Church

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Its 112-foot steeple pierces the sky above Historic Kailua Village and is one of the most recognizable sites along the entire Kona Coast. The first Christian church ever established in the Hawaiian Islands, Mokuaikaua Church — located on Ali‘i Drive across from Hulihe‘e Palace— is more than an important historic landmark, museum and visitor attraction. It is also home to an active congregation that…

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Romantic Wedding Pavilions on the Big Island

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The dream location for your dream wedding awaits at any number of beautiful sites across the Big Island. In Holualoa just five minutes above downtown Kailua-Kona, the Malulani Events Pavilion at Holualua Inn offers an elegant outdoor venue replete with open-beam vaulted ceilings, an enclosed prep facility and bar area surrounded by spot-lit tropical gardens, an enormous lawn and the Zen backdrop…

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Snorkeling on the Big Island

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Whether Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay,  Two Steps at Honaunau Bay, Kahalu‘u Beach in Kailua-Kona, or the tide pools at Kapoho, the Big Island of Hawaii‘i provides some of the most stellar snorkeling spots in the entire state. For visitors and residents alike, the ultimate snorkeling experience can be had when you don the right equipment and know what you’re doing. When…

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Sacred Temple of the Big Island

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In the heart of Kailua-Kona by the pier, an ancient sacred site exists amid the busy visitor attractions of the seaside village. Known for centuries as Kamakahonu, the royal compound fronting Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Historic Kailua Village was a spiritual center dating back to the 1400s. It was here that Kamehameha I established the unified kingdom’s…

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Lava Enters the Sea on Big Island

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For the first time in three years, lava is now flowing into the ocean via Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. Visitors and residents alike are flocking to the Kalpana area of the Big Island to witness the flow firsthand, up close and personal. Others are chartering lava boat tours to get the best view of the dramatic flow as it spills…

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