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King Kamehameha Hotel Beach
King Kamehameha Hotel Beach
The only sand beach in the seaside village of Kailua Kona, "King Kam" is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Located in front of the King Kamehameha Hotel, the water here is almost always calm as it's protected from north swells. These year round calm, clear waters make the King Kam a great beach for kids, snorkelers and divers.
The quiet sheltered bay, balmy trade winds and endless days of sunshine also made the site a favorite vacation spot for Hawaiian royalty. King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel takes its name from the most prominent of Hawaii's monarchs, King Kamehameha the Great, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and who established his residence and administrative capital on the grounds of this hotel.
After spending time on the beach, be certain not to miss exploring Kamakahonu, a reconstructed Hawaiian compound where King Kamehameha spent his final years. Located on the grounds of the Hotel it includes thatched structures and wooden kii gods. Also part of the hotel property is the temple, Ahuena Heiau. The temple is sacred so you can’t go in or touch certain rocks nearby. The grounds are open 24 hours a day; free tours start at the hotel’s registration desk Saturday-Thursday at 1:30 pm and Friday at 3 pm (phone 808-329-2911).
Even if you miss the tour, don’t miss stopping by the lobby of the Kona Hotel. It offers a continual exhibit with interesting murals and paintings of members of the Hawaiian monarchy and scenes from life at Kamakanonu Bay under King Kamehameha. The exhibit also displays traditional carvings and artifacts, not to mention a stuffed 1,200 pound Blue Marlin.
In addition to the compound, you can enjoy beachfront luaus, hula and Hawaiian craft demonstrations. The Island Breeze Luau located at the Hotel is described by travel writers and kama'aina's (local residents) as the Big Island's most popular luau.
If this isn't enough, the King Kamehameha features a variety of recreational activities including tennis courts, nearby golf, beach services and a travel desk that can arrange anything from deep-sea fishing to horseback riding. If you're in town early October make sure to catch a glimpse of the athletes competing in the Ironman Triathalon's swim and bike events, that start at the adjacent pier and smaller beach next to the compound.
Things To Do & Beach Highlights
Tour the hotel exhibit about members of the Hawaiian monarchy
Take part in the Island Breeze Luau
Great swimming for the kids
Located in Kailua Kona
Places To Eat
Kona Beach Restaurant
The biggest nights at this Kona-town establishment are Fridays and Saturdays for the seafood and prime rib buffets with salad bar, lots of cold dishes, crab legs, hot seafood dishes, chicken and beef presentations and a dessert spread. Monday nights feature a Hawaiian buffet, with Island grinds such as lomi salmon, poke, salmon, chicken long rice, lau lau, kalua pork, teriyaki and such. On Sundays, the champagne brunch buffet is the ticket.
Stop for lunch at any of the casual seafood-and-sandwich shops along Alii Drive