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About North Kona

The Kona District makes up about two-thirds of the West side of the Big Island, Hawaii. North Kona is the sunny part of the Island of Hawaii, also referred to as Kailua-Kona. It is located at the point where the Hualalai volcano meets the ocean and is among the best places to live in Hawaii.

In this part of the Island of Hawaii, you will see many coffee farms and historical landmarks. Some historic places worthy of note include the Ahuena Heiau at Kamakahonu, Hulihee Palace, and Mokuaikaua Church. It is known that King Kamehameha spent his last years in Kailua-Kona.

North Kona is the liveliest part of town on the western coast of the Big Island. The Northern part of Kailua-Kona is home to the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. This 1160-acre park allows you to explore early heiau (temples), petroglyphs, and sacred fishponds.

Residents in North Kona have a long list of activities to enjoy in the perpetual sunshine here. Kailua Village in North Kona is a historic seaside town where residents can get fresh seafood, drink delicious Kona coffee, explore the Village of downtown Kona, and take part in seaside activities at the crystal clear waters of Kailua Bay and Keauhou to the south.

Life in North Kona

Life in Kona is a daily tropical island adventure and you are never far from nature to explore. From the Kailua-Kona Coast, you will see whales swimming past from November through April and their peak season from mid-January through early March migration. This vibrant community of the Big Island will make you want to explore every inch of the place. The fertile coffee fields of Holualoa give the hills above North Kona a bright, green, natural look. While looking out into the vast, blue ocean with a colorful sunset in the sky provides visitors with a truly wholesome feeling. On the west side it is customary to stop wherever you may be even along the roadside to reflect on the day and watch the breathtaking sunsets off this coast.

The beautiful blue waters around the North Kona region are great for exploring. Kailua Bay, Keauhou Bay, The End of the World, Mahai’ula Beach, Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kekaha Kai Beach, and Magic Sands Beach (La’aloa Bay and beach park) are perfect for a variety of ocean activities from body surfing, canoeing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Swim with the pods of dolphins that are often seen playing along the coast and in Kailua Bay, go deep-sea fishing for some of the best catches like marlin, ono, mahimahi, free dive or snorkel with Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu), manta rays and an array of tropical fish. The white-sand, tropical beaches are perfect for sunbathing and relaxing with family or friends.

The Big Island is also known for its varied climate – warmer close to the coast but cooler at high elevations like Holualoa. This town is where many people come to enjoy the famous Kona Coffee.

The architecture style in North Kona involves grand lanai spaces for that indoor outdoor appeal with custom mastered roof and window designs to allow ocean breezes and sunlight into your home. If you love nature, then Kona is a place to be.

Open-air living and perfect weather is a major part of daily life in North Kona. Residents can expect sunshine and blue skies year-round with temperature ranges between 70 and 90 degrees fahrenheit and even dipping into the 50 and 60’s during the cooler Kona winter months at higher elevations. Afternoon clouds are the norm along Hualalai with afternoon showers more common during the summer months.

There are many serene locations where you can go and experience the abundant nature in North Kona. If you like to run, Alii Drive is one of the most popular running routes on the Big Island. It starts in Kailua Kona and heads south along the Kona coast for around 5 miles. Ali’i Drive is a beautiful scenic coastal stretch providing amazing ocean views, with a chance to see volcanic rock and crashing waves during your run or walk.

North Kona is the hub of tourism on the Big Island. There are many restaurants, bars, and shops all within walking distance along the famous Alii Drive in Kailua Village. There are different places to shop and dine in the village area and along Ali’i Drive, Huggos on the Rocks, The Fishhopper, Quinn’s Almost by the Sea, Kona Brew, Umeke’s, the Kona Marketplace, Ola Brew House, Makalapua Shopping Center and Crossroads to name a few.

The Island of Hawaii is a natural sanctuary and has minimal pollution, this keeps the beaches clean and the water that magnificent blue. The lack of light pollution means the night skies are incredibly clear in North Kona, which is why most of Hawaii’s important observatories are located here. The island is home to many forest reserves and national parks, allowing residents to enjoy the untouched side of nature. Its varied climate also makes it a great place to live – warm, tropical, and sunny.

The lifestyle in North Kona is amazing, which is why it is among the best places to live in Hawaii. With Live Aloha the people are friendly and social, especially when you understand and respect the culture.

North Kona has rich agricultural lands so local produce is abundant here. You will find over 40 varieties of avocados growing on this island, papayas, coconuts, bananas, pineapples, limes, and other fruits growing in people’s backyards.

Locals and kama’aina have a mindset of Aloha that allows for feelings of gratitude and appreciation. North Kona residents enjoy the Kona vibe and island community pace and are likely to stop and smell the flowers and share aloha eye to eye.

North Kona Real Estate

The Hawaiian Islands have a magical aura that attracts many people from all around the world. North Kona is a naturally beautiful and calm place, which is why many people love it here. Many people choose to own a home or invest in the Kona real estate market. There is a wide range of properties for sale in Hawaii available right now. From single-family homes to apartments, land parcels, coffee farms, and condos, North Kona has it all.

One of the most popular items in the North Kona real estate market is the custom-designed private homes scattered throughout the district. These residential properties have ocean views, deluxe bedrooms, great indoor-outdoor flow, swimming pools, and beachfront real estate. Get in touch with Renee at Search Hawaii Property for the latest deals in North Kona real estate.

A few of the popular residential communities in the North Kona district:

Ali’i Heights

Keauhou Estates

Kona Vistas



Sunset View Terrace Lots

Pualani Estates

Kona Bay Estates


Kona Hills

Makalei Estates

Pualani Ranch

If you are looking at buying real estate here on Hawai’i Island and want to learn more about the real estate market in North Kona contact Renee at Search Hawaii Property. Renee is an expert on Big Island Real Estate and can assist you in finding the property you are searching for from a luxury Hawaiian beach house, a resort vacation rental purchase or second home, a first time home or condo, maybe a coffee farm?

Renee at Search Hawaii Property is ready to help.