Like I have mentioned before, Kona is a fun and exciting place for tourists! So many activities! During my time in Kona I have been on a submarine, I parasailed, learned how to paddle board, saw dolphins swim next to our boat, visited the most beautiful beaches, shopped, stayed at the Royal Kona Hotel, experienced my first Hawaiian Lau at the Kona Marriott, dined at the nicest restaurants, walked the strip (Ali`i Drive) at sunset, and more! All of these experiences were such fascinating eye openers. The most eye opening experience was one I cannot list. It was not an activity, but a way of life. Kona has pride in getting their community together, staying strong, having a positive vibe, and helping one another.
What’s so wonderful about Kona, that I wish I knew before, is that they have a calendar online providing activities for the public. Kona’s goal is to gather the community to come together for fun, eventful, family and friend bonding activities. I hope these activities and resources help you make the best of your Kona trip!!
Although Kona does not get snow, the town still takes advantage of winter-like activities! Kona has a lot going on for the month of December for the community! Let’s check it out!
On December 13th
Get Ready for the 30th Annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade!!!! The parade will begin at 5:00pm at the Kekuaokalani Gym, located down Ali’I Drive past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There is a theme every year! And This year it’s “Na Mele O Kalikimaka,” meaning; The Songs of Christmas. Go on down to Ali’I Drive and experience the 75 floats of local businesses, non-profit organizations, musicians, schools’ teams/clubs, children, dancers, and of course Santa and his reindeer! All donations go towards the Menehune Holiday Food Drive. Royal Hawaiian Movers company tells us how volunteering at the past Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade was such a successful community effort. Watch how the community comes together for such a wonderful cause at past Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade!
The great part about these activities is that they are free and open to the public. Kona abides by Hawaii’s rule; living the HI life. Hawaiians want you to enjoy the sun, company, and feel the love and support from one another! Everyone who has ever visited can happily say that they were part a beautiful and heartwarming ohana (family).
Moving on to December 14th,
Kokua Kailua Hulihe’e Palace free concert is featuring exciting talent such as Merrie Monarchs men’s glee club, Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his halau Na Pua U’I O Hawai’o. Be at the Palace’s South Lawn with your own beach chair or mat at 4:00pm to enjoy a magical evening.
Mokuaikaua Church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Dive into the history at this heartwarming event takes place at Hawaii’s first Christian church that was established in the 1820’s. The event begins at 7:00pm starting with caroling and then the candlelight service will begin. All are welcome to the event where they will celebrate the holidays with hula and Christmas hymns. It really is a beautiful thing to be a part of! When I visited the Mokuaikaua Church I was lucky enough to feel how special and see how beautiful the old church was! See how the Hawaiian’s celebrate this holiday season! I recommend to spend your holidays in peace and visit the Mokuaikaua Church!
After Christmas you will still be part of the culture and feel the community spirit with the Ladies of Waiku’I and Konabob performing at the talk story at the Sheraton Kona. This event provides an unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else but Hawaii. The event includes a free talk story presentation featuring music, chant, and dance.
Kona still impresses me even after leaving the gorgeous town on the Big Island. Other blogs will agree that it is an unforgettable place. It’s unforgettable because of the setting, beauty, scenery, people, but now, also; the activities it provides to the public. Kona opens its doors to anyone and everyone to feel the love and support within the community. You will forever feel like family.