When visiting Kona, smartphone users can now download a free app to learn more about local history, significant sites and things to do along Ali‘i Drive in Historic Kailua Village. The app, called “Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast,” puts the focus squarely on Kailua-Kona’s seven-mile, oceanside corridor that features centuries-old archaeological sites and more than two dozen important points of interest.
The state’s second official Hawai‘i Scenic Byway, Ali‘i Drive offers visitors a wealth of places to go and things to see, from snorkeling, diving, surfing and standup paddleboarding to relaxing at cafes, shopping the boutiques and village galleries, and savoring regional cuisine at one of many fabulous oceanfront dining destinations.
More importantly, Hawaiian heritage comes alive on the newly launched visitor app, which highlights such sites as the oldest Christian church in the state of Hawai‘i (Mokuaikaua Church), a royal palace (Hulihe‘e Palace) and a sacred Hawaiian temple (Ahuena Heiau).
In addition to a plethora of historical information and photos, the smartphone app also contains tidbits about recent history. For example, did you know that the famous Boogie Board was invented at Honls surf spot in downtown Kailua-Kona? When exploring Kailua-Kona with the smartphone app, there truly is more to our downtown than meets the eye!
Located just a short five-minute drive down the hill to Historic Kailua Village, Holualoa Inn is perfectly situated for your Hawaiian vacation in paradise. Our Kona bed and breakfast boutique hotel offers an off-the-beaten-path location in the heart of the Kona Coast, close to restaurants, recreational activities, heritage sites, Kona coffee farms and much, much more.
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