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Kona, Hawaii

Kona Seawall


Kailua-Kona, often referred to as Kona, is the main western city on the big island of Hawaii.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships anchor offshore and tenders take passengers to Kailua Pier. Cruise schedule here http://hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/passenger-cruise-schedules/

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Money and Tipping

Hawaii is a US state. When dining in restaurants, it is customary to leave 15-20% tip for good service since servers typically make minimum wage. Taxi drivers should be tipped the same rate. Banks and ATM's can be easily found in the city center.

Local Transportation

Kona is fairly small and walkable. You will need to rent a car or take a taxi to explore areas further out.


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There aren't many sights in Kona though there are two small beaches on either side of the pier. Kahalu'u Beach Park is considered one of the best snorkel beaches and is four miles south of Kona. Makalawena Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the area but it takes a bit of a hike to get to. To get there, first go to Kekaha Kai State Park, north of the Kona Airport. It is a rough road across a lava field from hwy 19 to the parking lot at Mahai'ula Bay. Continue north of the beach along a footpath for about 20 minutes to reach the beach. There are nice beaches 30 miles north of Kona.

Shopping & Restaurants

Shops and restaurants can be found along the coast on Alii Drive. There is a farmer's market Wed-Sun, 7am to 4pm. http://www.konafarmersmarket.com There are also several ABC stores selling convenience items, souvenirs and macadamia nuts. Crossroads shopping center has a Safeway and Walmart. Further out you can find Kmart and Macys at Makalapua Center. Free shopping shuttles are usually provided from the pier to Walmart.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers.

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