A piece of Hawaiian history comes alive at Hulihe‘e Palace, located right on the beach. Once the vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, the Hulihe‘e Palace is now a museum dedicated to preserving Hawaiian history. Originally built as a residence for Governor John Adams Kuakini, the palace was built out of volcanic rock and paneled in native koa wood. It was later bought by King David Kalakaua and extensively remodeled. After changing hands a couple times, the palace was bought by the Daughters of Hawaii, a group dedicated to preserving Hawaiian history, and turned into the museum it is today.
Kaloko-Honokohau National Park sits on the north end of Kailua Kona, an area used long ago by native Hawaiians. While the volcanic rock landscape may look uninviting at first glance, it was welcome ground to the native people who once lived there, harvesting food from aquaculture ponds and the sea to use themselves or in trade. The aquaculture ponds and fish traps built by the native Hawaiians still stand today as a testament to their fishing technology and skill. You can also see wildlife at the park ranging from native birds to the occasional humpback whale.
Kona Coffee Living Hi
Coffee aficionados know that real Kona coffee is some of the finest coffee you will ever get the chance to drink. At the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, the history of this fine coffee comes to life. The farm carries the distinction of being the only living history coffee farm in the country, showing visitors how coffee was historically grown and harvested in the early days of Hawaiian coffee farmers. Living history interpreters demonstrate traditional activities for visitors so they can see how farms would have operated in the past. Of course, there is plenty of 100 percent real Kona coffee for sale too.