Blogs from Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, United States, North America


Highlights of Kailua-Kona on the Hawaiian Island, Big Island by Duchess DJ Love, Gallivanting Like a Royal Looking for a peaceful beach to unwind, heal spiritually, and soak up some sun, ushered me to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island Hawaii. Kona pleasantly surprised me. The island vibe captured my heart immediately. Now, it is my favorite destination. Royal Kona Resort became my home away from home on my first trip. I chose this hotel because it had all the amenities I sought. This way I would not have to leave the resort. However, the charming, historical mile long stretch of Ali’i Drive drew me out. Strolling the coastline, smelling the ocean breeze, listening to the waves, bird watching, and taking in the shops kept me on the go. The evenings gave way to downtime to enjoy ... read more
Waiting on my Lava Tube
Beautiful Sunset
Lagoon at Royal Kona Resort

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona December 27th 2021

Our first day in Hawaii was a resort day. I had worried a bit about how the kids would do with jet lag and figured a day to relax and nap wouldn't be a bad thing. Honestly, the laid-back day at our Outrigger Kona resort worked out great! Yesterday, we arrived at the airport at 7:15am Central time (3:15am Hawaii time). At our layover in Denver, we learned that United stopped doing the Hawaii pre-clear in the airport (that's where they check your vaccination documents and give you a bracelet so that you don't have to stand in the long clear line in Hawaii). So, when we landed in Hawaii at 4:15pm (8:15pm Central), we had to wait to be cleared. After that, we caught our shuttle to the car rental place and waited for our ... read more
Free Cultural Walking Tour at Outrigger Kona Resort
Bell Rock
Andrew and the kids

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona June 15th 2021

Lots to tell. Left Gerri’s yesterday afternoon to stay in Hotel near BWI. Had to get up at 3:30 this morning to catch first flight. One and three-quarters hour flight to Nashville. Walked off that plane and immediately boarded flight to LAX. Five hours later we deplaned at Terminal 1 and had to find Hawaiian Air. I can literally say now that I hate LAX. Our flight was scheduled for 12:10, and we got there at 9:30, so you would think we had plenty for time to find our flight. Oh no! We ended up walking around for over a half hour looking for any sort of customer service rep. We found a lot of places that said it you walked through door, you would have to go through TSA again to re-enter. Can you say ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 11th 2019

Lekeleke burial grounds At the end of our road there is a huge lava field that is a sacred Hawaiian historical sight. It marks the location of a huge battle in 1819. In the 1819 Battle of Kuamo‘o, Hawaiian forces clashed over the traditional kapu religious system. The dispute pitted the forces of Kekuaokalani, nephew of Kamehameha I, who sought to preserve the traditional system, against his cousin, Liholiho (Kamehameha II), who had abandoned the kapu system. Liholiho was victorious, but many warriors from both sides perished in battle and were buried on the property, including Kekuaokalani and his wife, Chiefess Manono. With her dying breath, Chiefess Manono is said to have uttered “Mālama kō aloha”‐ “keep your love”‐ a plea to both sides that no matter what obstacles come to Hawai‘i, keep your love ... read more
Malasada stop at Tex Drive In

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 4th 2019

Has anyone ever been to a Vanilla Bean Farm? I certainly had never thought to go before but today we were looking for something different to do on a hot day and The Vanillerie south of Kona beckoned so off we went. I have to say I was not particularly looking forward to the experience but I went along for the ride.....actually I had to go as I was driving! The tour took about 2 hours and was most fascinating. I learned a lot and was really glad I had gone. The farm itself occupies 6.5 acres and is owned by a chap from South Africa. He initially came to the island as a forester but it wasn’t making him a sustainable living. During that time he met a fellow from the Philippines who had grown ... read more
Clump of green vanilla beans
beans starting to yellow
Beans going into humidor

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 2nd 2019

Well, we are into the new year and are settling into a nice routine. I am getting up around 6:30 each morning and taking a walk up the hill to the Keauhou Shopping Cente where I have found a lovely coffee shop. I sit outside, enjoy a good cup of coffe, perhaps a banana scone and listen to the birds chirp as they wake up. Going up the hill each morning I encounter a few runners training for the Ironman competition. They run full speed straight uphill for 2 light poles (about 200 yards), then walk back down. They do this several makes me tired just watching them. I think I’d rather be a “clay man” are much softer but the training is not nearly so tiring! I walk back home in time for the ... read more
Christmas in Hawaii
Day at the beach
Kona sunset

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona December 31st 2018

After several challenges previously documented, everyone settled into our new home. We have stayed in Kona before at the Ali’i Villas but as there wasn’t a unit big enough for all of us, we tried a huge 2 bedroom unit at the Keauhou Surf and Racket Club, at the other end of Ali’i Drive. When booking a new place you try to make good decisions based on pictures and reviews. As we learned in Italy both pictures and reviews can be misleading at times. This was not the case in this instance! Our unit is on the ground floor. It is very spacious with two large bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, a large living room, fully equipped kitchen and a huge lanai that wraps around the condo with openings from both living room and master ... read more
Master bedroom
second bedroom

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona September 18th 2018

Well after two flights we are now in our Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Tim is in Waikiki with the school. It was a beautiful day in Honolulu when we were there. The airport was busy with several US Hornets taking off before us as we left Honolulu. The views back over Waikiki beach were really nice. Unfortunately a bit cloudy with patches of rain here in Kailua-Kona. Have an ocean front view but hoping the weather will be a bit better tomorrow. Walked along the ocean front and found a fish café for late lunch/early tea. It was really nice - especially the Peach Sangria!!... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona February 4th 2018

February 13, 2017 After a long trip my mother, brother & I finally arrived at the Kona airport and picked up our rental car. The drive to the house was not far and we had good directions. However, once off the main roads, the streetlights were few and far between. We found the correct road and the dark driveway to the house. The outside lights were not one so I used my cellphone's flashlight to find the stairs to the doorway. The house was a good size with a wraparound lanai. There were 3 good sized bedrooms with double beds allowing us to have our own room. The house appeared a little faded based on the VRBO photos but was clean. I used the Around Me app to find a grocery store nearby and once settled, ... read more
Polohu Valley viewpoint
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Pu'uhonoa O Honaunau Park

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona November 7th 2017

This is a new travel site as the other one went belly up. Seems it only took us a few years to kill it. So we'd like to test drive this one while we are in Hawaii. We've fingered a few unfortunates to serve as Guinea Pigs, and you are among them. Lu, we lost Gary's email when the previous travel site died. Would please supply it? Mary Jane, we hope it is okay with you to serve as a Guinea Pig. As our first post we'll briefly review a trip to the northwest of this very large island.... read more

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