Smith Vacations in Kona

Kevin And Cindy
Kevin And Cindy
Smith Vacations in Kona

Food Scene

Grab a plate and eat on the lanai or at the beach.
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Da Poke Shack
76-6246 Ali'i Drive
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Grab a plate and eat on the lanai or at the beach.
Start your morning with a walk down Alii Drive and stop in for breakfast or a coffee,
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Green Flash Coffee
75-6000 Alii Drive
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Start your morning with a walk down Alii Drive and stop in for breakfast or a coffee,
Fun for beer enthusiasts. Fun atmosphere and great pizza! Check out their souvenir shop.
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Kona Brewing Co.
74-5612 Pawai Place
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Fun for beer enthusiasts. Fun atmosphere and great pizza! Check out their souvenir shop.
Spectacular views., great bar, and choice of casual or fine dining.
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Kona Inn Restaurant
75-5744 Alii Dr
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Spectacular views., great bar, and choice of casual or fine dining.
Eat with the locals. Great Prime Rib on Friday nights.
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Big Island Grill
75-5702 Kuakini Hwy
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Eat with the locals. Great Prime Rib on Friday nights.
Healthy choices, great atmosphere, center of downtown.
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Island Lava Java
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Healthy choices, great atmosphere, center of downtown.
Great place for lunch and a cocktail. Check out their live music dates.
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Lava Lava Beach Club
69-1081 Ku'uali'i Place
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Great place for lunch and a cocktail. Check out their live music dates.
You have to check this place out! Fun family restaurant.
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Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery
55-3415 Akoni Pule Highway
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You have to check this place out! Fun family restaurant.
Fun bar and grill.
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The Fish And The Hog
64-957 Mamalahoa Highway
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Fun bar and grill.
Best steaks on the island.
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Merriman's Big Island
65-1227 Opelo Road Kamuela
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Best steaks on the island.
Great place for a romantic dinner. Food is amazing! Get there a little early if you like to shop for unique art pieces. There are 3 or 4 shops on the same street.
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Holuakoa Gardens and Cafe
765897 Old Government Road
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Great place for a romantic dinner. Food is amazing! Get there a little early if you like to shop for unique art pieces. There are 3 or 4 shops on the same street.
Here is another local favorite. Make sure to walk around inside and outside the hotel to. Lots of history.
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Manago Hotel Restaurant
82-6155 Mamalahoa Highway
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Here is another local favorite. Make sure to walk around inside and outside the hotel to. Lots of history.
Amazing views overlooking the golf course and ocean.
Amici Vista Italian Restaurant
78-7000 Alii Drive
Amazing views overlooking the golf course and ocean.
Good place to stop for a pastry. Check out the food truck across the street for some good food bowls or a smoothie.
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Punalu'u Bake Shop
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Good place to stop for a pastry. Check out the food truck across the street for some good food bowls or a smoothie.
Best place to pick up coffee and a small breakfast or lunch sandwich while in downtown Kona. Nice views and reasonable prices.
Kona Haven Cafe
75-5801 Alii Dr
Best place to pick up coffee and a small breakfast or lunch sandwich while in downtown Kona. Nice views and reasonable prices.
We like to stop here on our last day on our way to the airport for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, beer, and a great view of the harbor. There is access nearby to a beach with an old fishing pond where turtles usually bathe on the sand. It is s great place to walk around, but do not swim here. The locals say this is a place where dumping occurs so it is easy to catch an infection.
Harbor House Restaurant
831 W Harbor Dr
We like to stop here on our last day on our way to the airport for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, beer, and a great view of the harbor. There is access nearby to a beach with an old fishing pond where turtles usually bathe on the sand. It is s great place to walk around, but do not swim here. The locals say this is a place where dumping occurs so it is easy to catch an infection.
Looking for a low cost meal with a view and air-conditioning? This is one of the better Denny's. Make sure to look at their Value Menu. It is a small menu on the table. They have many meals for less than $5.
Denny's
75-1027 Henry St
Looking for a low cost meal with a view and air-conditioning? This is one of the better Denny's. Make sure to look at their Value Menu. It is a small menu on the table. They have many meals for less than $5.

Pamper Yourself

Best $40 one hour massage. Must book ahead because they fill up fast. They accept cash only for tips. We like to tip generously since these are students.
Aloha Massage Academy
79-7411 Mamalahoa Hwy
Best $40 one hour massage. Must book ahead because they fill up fast. They accept cash only for tips. We like to tip generously since these are students.
Not a fancy place, but you can get nail treatments and pedicures at modest prices. They have plenty of chairs so this is also a good place for big groups or a bridal shower.
Kona Spa Nails
75-5660 Kopiko St
Not a fancy place, but you can get nail treatments and pedicures at modest prices. They have plenty of chairs so this is also a good place for big groups or a bridal shower.

Essentials

Closest Grocery store. Farmers Market in parking lot near Long's Drugs on Saturday morning.
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KTA Super Stores
78-6831 Alii Drive
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Closest Grocery store. Farmers Market in parking lot near Long's Drugs on Saturday morning.
Just a few steps from our place.
Banyan Mart
76-6265 Alii Drive
Just a few steps from our place.
If you are a Costco member and plan to stay a while, you may want to load up on food, beverages, and beach essentials before coming to the condo. It is on the way from the airport to our home. Also, pick up some pre-made foods such as poke and fresh salads.
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Costco Wholesale
73-5600 Maiau Street
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If you are a Costco member and plan to stay a while, you may want to load up on food, beverages, and beach essentials before coming to the condo. It is on the way from the airport to our home. Also, pick up some pre-made foods such as poke and fresh salads.
Grocery store near downtown Kona. They are known for their fresh fish and poke.
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Sack N Save Kona
75-5595 Palani Road
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Grocery store near downtown Kona. They are known for their fresh fish and poke.

Entertainment & Activities

They call this the Mercedes of Zip Lines.
Manta Ray night diving is an experience you will never forget. It is not scary like it seems. A must do on the island. There are many companies that offer this excursion.
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Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
74-380 Kealakehe Parkway
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Manta Ray night diving is an experience you will never forget. It is not scary like it seems. A must do on the island. There are many companies that offer this excursion.
Parrots In Paradise
2 Barrs Rd
Good place for surf lessons and rentals.
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Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea
78-6685 Alii Drive
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Good place for surf lessons and rentals.
Seahorse Farm tours. Great for adults and kids.
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Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
73-4388 Ilikai Place
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Seahorse Farm tours. Great for adults and kids.
Great public golf course close to our place. Best prices.
Kona Country Club
78-7000 Alii Drive
Great public golf course close to our place. Best prices.
Another good gold course.
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Makalei Golf Club
72-3890 Mamalahoa Hwy
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Another good gold course.
All levels welcome. Stunning views.
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Waipio On Horseback
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All levels welcome. Stunning views.
Paddle board rental and easy access with calm water. Great for beginners.
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Kona Boys Beach Shack
755664 Kaahumanu Pl
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Paddle board rental and easy access with calm water. Great for beginners.
Ask for Simon for a special price for the Manta Ray Night Snorkel. Tell him Kevin and Cindy sent you. You can call or visit them in Downtown Kona.
Hang Loose Boat Tours
74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy
Ask for Simon for a special price for the Manta Ray Night Snorkel. Tell him Kevin and Cindy sent you. You can call or visit them in Downtown Kona.
They do a great snorkel trip to Captain Cook's Monument. This is a great option if you prefer not to kayak.
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Fair Wind Cruises
78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
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They do a great snorkel trip to Captain Cook's Monument. This is a great option if you prefer not to kayak.
Explore Waipio Valley on horseback. You can't beat the scenery as you trot through lush ground and cross creeks.
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Waipi'o Na'alapa Stables
Old Highway 240
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Explore Waipio Valley on horseback. You can't beat the scenery as you trot through lush ground and cross creeks.
They call this the Mercedes of zip lines. If you want to add to the adventure, get there early. There is a cool swimming hole across the street before you turn on the street to go to the zip lines. You can park on the side of the road and walk down. Be careful because it is steep. Do not go to the water hole if it is raining or if the water is rough.
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Umauma Falls Zipline & Rappel Experience
31-313 Old Mamalahoa Highway
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They call this the Mercedes of zip lines. If you want to add to the adventure, get there early. There is a cool swimming hole across the street before you turn on the street to go to the zip lines. You can park on the side of the road and walk down. Be careful because it is steep. Do not go to the water hole if it is raining or if the water is rough.
Do you like kayaking? Try this place. Very friendly local company. You can easily book online. Best way to book a kayak to Captain Cook's Monument. You may even get lucky and kayak past a pod of dolphins since they breed in the bay there.
Bay Side Adventures
Do you like kayaking? Try this place. Very friendly local company. You can easily book online. Best way to book a kayak to Captain Cook's Monument. You may even get lucky and kayak past a pod of dolphins since they breed in the bay there.

Beaches and Hikes

Less than a mile from our place. Great for boogie boarding, volley ball, swimming, or reading a book under a palm tree.
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Magic Sands Beach Park
Ali'i Drive
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Less than a mile from our place. Great for boogie boarding, volley ball, swimming, or reading a book under a palm tree.
Spectacular white sand beach great for swimming. Walk toward Hapuna Hotel and find the hiking trail. They have a snack bar and picnic tables.
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Hāpuna Beach State Park
Old Puako Road
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Spectacular white sand beach great for swimming. Walk toward Hapuna Hotel and find the hiking trail. They have a snack bar and picnic tables.
Watch the locals surf here when the surf is up.
Banyan Beach surf spot
76-6265 Alii Dr
Watch the locals surf here when the surf is up.
Must do, but check the weather first. Bring a sweater.
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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
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Must do, but check the weather first. Bring a sweater.
Just past downtown Kona, there is a hidden public park with tennis, swimming, walking trail, and more. There is a group of leisure tennis players there from 6am to 8am. Bring your tennis racquet and tell them Kevin and Cindy sent you. Great people! Looking toward the beach to the right of the tennis courts, there is public access to the beach. Walk straight out and walk toward the left on the sea wall to see beautiful homes overlooking the beach. This will lead you to a calm swimming beach. Definitely a hidden jewel!
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Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
75-5560 Kuakini Highway
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Just past downtown Kona, there is a hidden public park with tennis, swimming, walking trail, and more. There is a group of leisure tennis players there from 6am to 8am. Bring your tennis racquet and tell them Kevin and Cindy sent you. Great people! Looking toward the beach to the right of the tennis courts, there is public access to the beach. Walk straight out and walk toward the left on the sea wall to see beautiful homes overlooking the beach. This will lead you to a calm swimming beach. Definitely a hidden jewel!
One of the best snorkeling places on the island!
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Kahalu’u Beach Park
786702 Ali'i Dr
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One of the best snorkeling places on the island!
Rent a kayak and paddle to Captain Cook Monument for spectacular snorkeling.
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Kealakekua Bay
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Rent a kayak and paddle to Captain Cook Monument for spectacular snorkeling.
If you are really adventurist, hike this trail down to spectacular snorkeling for a real Hawaii wild experience. Warning, it is steep and can get slippery if it rains. Not for everyone. Take water and pack a lunch.
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
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If you are really adventurist, hike this trail down to spectacular snorkeling for a real Hawaii wild experience. Warning, it is steep and can get slippery if it rains. Not for everyone. Take water and pack a lunch.
Also known as two step, this is another great snorkeling spot.
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Honaunau Beach Rd Snorkling access
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Also known as two step, this is another great snorkeling spot.
Good snorkeling beach.
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Two Step
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Good snorkeling beach.
Beautiful place to check out of you plan to go to the other side of the island. There is cliff diving in some areas, but check with the locals first to make sure the surf is safe. Do this at your own risk! This is also a good place for snorkeling.
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South Point Park
S Point Rd
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Beautiful place to check out of you plan to go to the other side of the island. There is cliff diving in some areas, but check with the locals first to make sure the surf is safe. Do this at your own risk! This is also a good place for snorkeling.
Most spectacular black sand beach on the island. Make sure to walk along trail near the pond. This is a good place to check out on the way to or from Volcano Park.
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Punalu‘u Beach
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Most spectacular black sand beach on the island. Make sure to walk along trail near the pond. This is a good place to check out on the way to or from Volcano Park.
If you like to hike, don't miss this and don't forget your bathing suit. It is best to do this early before the winds pick up. Pack a lunch and take plenty of water. If you want to see this stunning beach, but are not up for the hike, you can pay the locals about $15 for a round trip ride on the back of their truck.
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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If you like to hike, don't miss this and don't forget your bathing suit. It is best to do this early before the winds pick up. Pack a lunch and take plenty of water. If you want to see this stunning beach, but are not up for the hike, you can pay the locals about $15 for a round trip ride on the back of their truck.
If you are an adventurist, you will love this hidden gem. Make sure to pack flip flops, but start with tennis shoes as you will walk various terrain including lava rock. Totally worth it!
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Makalawena Beach
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If you are an adventurist, you will love this hidden gem. Make sure to pack flip flops, but start with tennis shoes as you will walk various terrain including lava rock. Totally worth it!

Evening Fun

This secret spot is on the other side of the island near the volcanos. Locals love Wednesday nights for this night farmer's market. The whole town shuts down and the music and dancing begins. Definitely one of our favorites! This was threatened by the lava so check to make sure it is still open before taking the long drive. This is great for adults and children!
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Uncle Roberts Bar - Liquor And Beer
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This secret spot is on the other side of the island near the volcanos. Locals love Wednesday nights for this night farmer's market. The whole town shuts down and the music and dancing begins. Definitely one of our favorites! This was threatened by the lava so check to make sure it is still open before taking the long drive. This is great for adults and children!
Check out their website for happy hour specials and entertainment schedule.
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Gertrude's Jazz Bar
75-5699 Alii Dr
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Check out their website for happy hour specials and entertainment schedule.
Good dancing place for young adults.
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Oceans Sports Bar & Grill
75-5811 Alii Drive
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Good dancing place for young adults.
Huggo's has two sections. Huggo's on the Rocks offers good bar and grill lunch with your feet in the sand. They also have dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The other side is more formal eating and is great for a romantic dinner.
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Huggo's
75-5828 Kahakai Rd
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Huggo's has two sections. Huggo's on the Rocks offers good bar and grill lunch with your feet in the sand. They also have dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The other side is more formal eating and is great for a romantic dinner.
Nice open bar on the ocean side of Royal Kona Hotel with stunning sunset views. They are known to have the best Mai Tai on the island. Check out their live Hawaiian music on Thursday evenings.
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Don the Beachcomber
75-5852 Alii Drive
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Nice open bar on the ocean side of Royal Kona Hotel with stunning sunset views. They are known to have the best Mai Tai on the island. Check out their live Hawaiian music on Thursday evenings.

Luaus and History

They call this the Mercedes of Zip Lines.
Luau in downtown Kona.
Voyagers of the Pacific Luau
75-5852 Alii Dr
Luau in downtown Kona.
Another place that does Luaus in Downtown Kona.
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Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road
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Another place that does Luaus in Downtown Kona.
Nice museum in downtown Kona. Also check out the churches along Alii Drive.
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Hulihe‘e Palace
75-5718 Alii Drive
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Nice museum in downtown Kona. Also check out the churches along Alii Drive.