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  • 1. Captain Cook Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    On February 14, 1779, famed English explorer Captain James Cook was killed here during an apparent misunderstanding with local residents. He...Read More

  • 2. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    Beach

    When Hurricance Iniki slammed into Hawaii in 1992, this park lost all of its sand, which is slowly returning decades later. The shoreline is...Read More

  • 3. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    Beach

    This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Dramatic cliffs surround super-deep, crystal-clear, turquoise...Read More

  • 4. Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side

    Beach

    It's slowgoing down a 1.8-mile, bumpy but paved road off Highway 19 to this beach park, but it's worth it. This state park encompasses three...Read More

  • 5. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

    Ruins

    This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved puuhonua (place of refuge) in the state. Providing a safe haven for noncombatants...Read More

  • 6. Greenwell Farms

    Farm/Ranch

    The Greenwell family played a significant role in the cultivation of the first commercial coffee in the Kona area (as well as the first grocery...Read More

  • 7. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1850, the homestead of Henry N. Greenwell served as cattle ranch, sheep station, store, post office, and family home all in one...Read More

  • 8. Hikiau Heiau

    Ruins

    This stone platform was once an impressive temple dedicated to the god Lono. When Captain Cook arrived in 1778, ceremonies in his honor were...Read More

  • 9. Holualoa Kona Coffee Company

    Farm/Ranch

    There is a lot going on at this truly all-organic coffee farm and processing facility, from growing the beans to milling and drying. The processing...Read More

  • 10. Holualoa Town

    Town/Village

    Hugging the hillside along the Kona Coast, the artsy village of Holualoa is 3 miles up winding Hualalai Road from Kailua-Kona. Galleries here...Read More

  • 11. Hookena Beach Park

    Beach

    The 2½-mile road to this quiet, secluded little gem feels like you're venturing off the beaten path. The area is rich in history, with remnants...Read More

  • 12. Hula Daddy

    Farm/Ranch

    On a walking tour of this working coffee farm (by advance reservation only), visitors can witness the workings of a small plantation, pick and...Read More

  • 13. Kainaliu Town

    Town/Village

    This is the first town you encounter to the south heading upcountry from Kailua town. In addition to a ribbon of funky old stores, clothing...Read More

  • 14. Kekaha Kai State Park—Kua Bay Side

    Beach

    This lovely beach is on the northernmost stretch of the park's coastline on an absolutely beautiful bay. The water is crystal clear, deep aquamarine...Read More

  • 15. Kona Coffee Living History Farm (D. Uchida Farm)

    Farm/Ranch

    On the National Register of Historic Places, this perfectly preserved farm was completely restored by the Kona Historical Society. It includes...Read More

  • 16. Lions Gate Farms

    Farm/Ranch

    For a century, three generations have grown coffee on this pretty farm with spectacular ocean views in the heart of Honaunau. The coffee is...Read More

  • 17. Mountain Thunder

    Farm/Ranch

    This organic coffee producer offers hourly "bean-to-cup" tours, including a tasting and access to the processing plant, which shows dry milling...Read More

  • 18. Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority

    Tour–Sight

    Just south of Kona International Airport, a large mysterious group of buildings with an equally large and mysterious photovoltaic (solar) panel...Read More

  • 19. Royal Kona Coffee Museum & Coffee Mill

    Museum/Gallery

    Take an easy, self-guided tour by following the descriptive plaques located around the coffee mill. Then stop off at the small museum to see...Read More

  • 20. St. Benedict's Painted Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the late 1800s, Belgian-born priest and self-taught artist Father John Velge painted the walls, columns, and ceiling of this Roman Catholic...Read More

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