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Kona Tours

Kona History and Culture

Ha`aheo Hawai`i I na Kona (proud is Kona)! Proud indeed of the majestic Hualalai mountain, thick billowy clouds, mesmerizing blue oceans, and the warmth of its people.

Kona was chosen to serve as the capital of ancient Hawai`i. This was the seat of its government. King Kamehameha was the ruling King of all Hawaii. Kona is rich with Hawaiian culture, folklore, and stories (mo`olelo). From land division management, fishponds, ancient temples, and royal palaces. We take you on a journey that will have you content with ALOHA SPIRIT!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit the ancient place of refuge “Pu`uhonua O Honaunau”
  • Observe and feel the spirit of the ancient temples (heiau)
  • Saint Benedict’s Painted Catholic Church
  • Mokuiakaua Hawaii’s first Christian Church
  • Lunch Stop at select locations
  • Take in the architectural wonders of ancient masonry techniques of rock wall construction
  • Be immersed in Kona’s rich history of Hawaiian Royalty with a visit to Hulihe`e Palace
  • Learn about the first Christian settlers and their positive influences

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen, Hat, and Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Extra pair of Slipper/Flip Flops
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Bring a water bottle

Tour Time

North Kona Departures

  • 7:30 AM (Approx Return 3:30 PM)
  • Available Saturday

South Kona Departures

  • 8:00 AM (Approx Return 3:30 PM)
  • Available Tuesday and Thursday

Learn about the history and folklore of Hawaii, and book this Kona Tour today!

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About Big Island Tour Destinations

  • Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park - Puuhonua o Honaunau was a place of refuge and royal grounds located south of Kealakekua Bay. Puuhonua o Honaunau remains one of the Big Island’s most historic places and visited landmarks.
  • Hulihee’e Palace – The Hulihee’e Royal Palace is the former vacation home of the Hawaiian royal family. Today the Hulihee Palace has been converted into museum by the Daughters of Hawaiʻi. It showcases a variety of Victorian artifacts dating back to the eras of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Located on Alii Drive, it’s in the heart of historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)!
  • Heiau Temples – The Big Island of Hawaii is full of sacred places that honor the culture and heritage of the Hawaiian people such as Hawaiian temples like Ku’emanu and Ahu’ena. Ahu’ena was built by King Kamehameha I in honor of the god of fertility, Lono. Ku’emanu is the only Hawaiian temple dedicated to surfing, and is favorite visit by surfers from all over the world.
  • Lekeleke Burial Grounds – One of Hawaii’s bloodiest landmarks, the Lekeleke Burial Grounds is a spot of a fierce fight, where 300 Hawaiians died in the Battle of Kuamoo. When visiting the Lekeleke Burial Grounds, stay on the trail and do not touch any of the structures.