Located south of the Kona Coast, Keauhou is a small Hawaii vacation resort village that draws sun-loving crowds and intrepid water adventurers. And the real charm of this community is its wealth of historic ties with Hawaiian royalty. With most of the condo communities offering a premier place to kick back, this is a vacation opportunity that you will not want to miss out on!
Some of the best hotel resorts and vacation rentals in Keauhou include Keauhou Palena and Na Hale O Keauhou. With amenities like pools, hot-tubs, fitness rooms, and tennis courts these 1 to 3 bedroom condo rentals sleep up to 6 guests. Near Keauhou Bay and Kahaluu Bay you’ll be close to all the swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and sunning your heart desires right from your Keauhou vacation rental.
Also near Keauhou Shopping Village, you’ll have easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Not to mention all the great adventures awaiting you in the area on your Big Island of Hawaii vacation!
The inviting waters off the coast and the sunny weather were the same draws that attracted the islands’ rulers in the past who built some of their summer homes here as well as temples. Marine creatures also flock to the waters just off the coast, lured by the abundance of food that makes it possible to observe them in their native surroundings. And if you love coffee, Keauhou makes a perfect launching pad for you to explore the uphill towns that grow some of the most delicious beans in the world.
And there’s plenty more to see and do, like the ones listed below.
Things to do in Keauhou
See the remains of Big Island's royal slide
Surfing wasn't the only sport Hawaiian royalty loved. Sledding was their favorite pastime too. Keauhou's ties to its royal past remain visible today at the Royal Holua Slide located close to Ali'i Drive opposite the country club.
The slide was commissioned by Kamehameha I and built on grass-covered slopes and stone ramps ('holua') covered with compressed grass stems or sugarcane leaves that became slippery under the noonday sun, so wooden sleds can race down to the shore of the bay below. This National Historic Landmark is not to be missed for its cultural significance and prominence (a mile long before its destruction by various environmental factors) in the landscape of Big Island.
Visit the birthplace of Kamehameha III
Keauhou is an unincorporated community these days, but back in monarchical times, it was surrounded by a populated village. Kamehameha III took the throne at a young age, instituted sweeping reforms in land ownership and literacy, and became the longest-reigning Hawaiian monarch. His birthplace is marked by a stone at the head of the Keauhou Bay.
See King Kalakaua’s Beach House
The Kona Coast brims with the history associated with Hawaiian royalty, including the humble frame beach house (today inside the grounds of a private resort) where King Kalakaua relaxed away from the cares of the royal palace.
Pay respects to fallen warriors at the Lekeleke burial grounds
Hawaii’s ancient kapu system dictated many of the islands' religious practices, social order, and day to day living. This system was abandoned by Kamehameha II after he ascended to the throne on the death of his father, Kamehameha I. The latter bequeathed his temples to Kekuaokalani, his nephew, who, along with other chiefs, rebelled against the abolition of the kapu system.
The ensuing battle between the traditionalists and Christian converts led to one of the bloodiest in the island, and one that changed the island’s civilization forever. The fallen were interred inside many of the rock cairns located in the area. The burial site is at the end of Ali'i Drive.
Swim with manta rays at night
The waters off the Kona Coast have traditionally attracted manta rays, but if you want to have a better chance of seeing them at any given time, the waters off Keauhou are a more predictable pick over the waters north of the coast. Here microscopic marine plankton abounds, which, in turn, feed a population of manta rays. Witness these graceful creatures in their natural habitat on a night dive in and around Keauhou Bay. Outfitters that partner with local conservation groups are available to arrange a diving or snorkeling expedition for you.
Explore the Historic Kailua Village
A short drive to the north, the Historic Kailua Village throbs with seaside charm often associated with the Kona coast. It’s as popular with visitors today as it was well-loved by Hawaiian royalty in the past. After all, King Kamehameha spent his final years at Kamakahonu Bay near Kailua Pier before passing in 1819. It’s also worth visiting Ahu'ena Heiau, seen right across the pier. The house was a refuge and place of ritual prayers for Kamehameha I, and the place where, many thought, he died.
The pier today is the best spot in the area to witness magnificent sunsets. The area was also where Hawaiian royals vacationed in the 19th century when they built the Hulihee Palace in 1838. A museum today, the palace offers a glimpse of royal life during the time of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani with plenty of Victorian artifacts on display. Kailua has a bustling shopping, dining, and nightlife scene so it’s worth lingering for some fun after dinner.
See where Capt. James Cook landed (and died)
If you’re into history and water sports, making that half-hour drive south will be worth it. Kealakekua Bay marks the place where the famous British navigator and explorer landed on the island in 1778. The obelisk is hard to miss as south Kona’s calm and clear water is hard to resist. Make a day out of it with diving, sailing, or snorkeling, or if you prefer to stay on land, dolphin-spotting. Green turtles also make regular appearances.
Enjoy a cup of Kona coffee in Holualoa
Kona’s upland slopes harbor the island’s world-famous namesake crop. Staying in Keauhou puts you within five miles uphill of Holualoa, a coffee-growing town with fertile volcanic soil for growing the all-important Kona coffee cherries. Aside from its coffee-growing traditions, the town lures visitors with its charming appeal thanks to its thriving artist community, old stone walls, and a languid pace of life. Join one of the many farm tours that let you see how the beans are processed from farm to cup, with an obligatory tasting at the end. Plan your trip around the Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll held in November.
Who says you have to wait for summertime to have fun on the beach and catch some tan? Even in the middle of winter, you can still bask in the warmth of the sun and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Hawaii. This tropical paradise opens its doors all year long to anyone looking for a memorable vacation getaway.
Whether you’re planning for an adventure-filled family trip or looking for some relaxing alone time, you are sure to get that and more at The Aloha State. Plus, with the number of luxurious tropical Hawaii vacation rentals, you might not even have to venture far from your temporary home to experience the island lifestyle.
A Tropical Paradise Awaits You in Hawaii
The Aloha State is one of the top destinations that come to mind when thinking of a vacation spot. With its world-renowned beaches and picturesque sceneries, it doesn’t come as a surprise why this is the best place to go. Hawaii boasts of crystal clear waters and sprawling soft, powdery white sand beaches. The Hawaii beaches are undoubtedly some of the most spectacular in the world.
Just imagine walking barefoot along the shore with your loved one while the sun dips over the horizon. If you’re up for some adventure, the Hawaiian Islands offer perfect spots for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and more. Swim with the sea turtles, kayak with humpback whales, or ride the waves. You won’t run out of activities to try in Hawaii.
Although there’s plenty of heart-pumping activities to try in Hawaii, this tropical paradise is also a sanctuary for those who wish for a relaxing time. You will find several world-championship golf resorts with lush fairways and stunning sceneries. Swaying palm trees, vibrant tropical floras, and surreal skyscapes will greet you everywhere you look.
Combine that with the Aloha spirit and Hawaii’s relaxing culture, and you will say goodbye to all life’s stresses with this vacation. But all that won’t be possible without Hawaii’s year-long pleasant weather. With mostly sunny skies and gentle breezes blowing throughout the year, you will be able to maximize your vacation days and experience everything Hawaii has to offer.
Best Hawaii Destinations for a Memorable Vacation
Your options for a fun and memorable Hawaii vacation are endless. The Aloha State consists of several islands, each offering visitors its version of paradise. Depending on what you’re looking for in a Hawaiian vacation, some places are a better choice than others.
Hawaii’s Big Island is by far the most diverse among all the islands. With the size of all the other islands combined, it’s not surprising why the Big Island has plenty to offer environmental diversity is undeniably remarkable from snow-capped mountains, lava fields, barren grasslands, and lush forests. It’s all here.
The Big Island may have a country feel, but it’s still bustling with various activities for you to enjoy. From walking around a recent lava flow, visiting the famous black sand beach, and riding horseback in a gorgeous valley, you won’t run out of things to do. This vacation destination also offers a solid selection of world-class hotel resorts at Keauhou and excellent vacation homes and condo rentals in Kona.
As the second-largest and second-most-visited island in the state, Maui offers a balance between the high-energy big city vibe of Oahu and the untamed country life of the Big Island. It’s a popular destination for tourists who want the best of both worlds. Maui may have a busy downtown area and several tourist hubs in Lahaina, Kihei, and Wailea, but you will see very few high rises.
Maui offers an impressive variety of vacation homes, condo rentals, and hotel resorts despite its size. The island is sprawling with beachfront and oceanfront properties and private getaways at exclusive golf resorts. Because of the perfect blend of remoteness and premier attractions and activity spots, a lot of visitors choose Maui as their honeymoon destination.
Why Stay in a Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway
Although hotel rooms are nice, there’s nothing quite like renting a beachfront townhouse with your family or friends. Unlike traditional hotels, vacation rentals offer you more space and privacy. Not to mention, you can enjoy the complete amenities of a home. You can have warm self-cooked meals and even do your laundry at home.
You also get all of that for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. If you’re planning on a vacation getaway with a large group, booking one house for everyone instead of a block of hotel rooms will save you hundreds of dollars. Vacation rentals also come in a variety of styles. Whether you want to stay at a highrise condo with ocean views or a tropical home surrounded by nature, you’ll find something that will make your dream vacation come true.
Book Your Vacation Rental With AA Oceanfront
As a popular destination to unwind and experience some adventures, you need to visit Hawaii at least once in your life. To make the most out of your vacation time and experience the ultimate tropical paradise, book your stay at one of our vacation rentals.
At AA Oceanfront Rentals and Sales, we list some of the best and most coveted condos and vacation homes to make your trip to Hawaii memorable. If you need any help with booking or have some questions about the property, our team is always ready and happy to assist you. Give us a call at 1-800-488-6004 or 808-879-7288 today to plan your Hawaii vacation!