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Discover Kona: Our Top Recommendations for Your Visit

During your stay, we recommend exploring the town of Kona, Hawaii - just under 30 minutes from our Airbnb in Captain Cook. You're in for a treat with its vibrant mix of local culture, beautiful art, and breathtaking ocean views. Whether you're looking for a place to shop, eat, or just soak in the activity of a beach town, we've got some fantastic recommendations. Here’s a list of our favorite spots in Kona that we think you'll love too!

Nana's Clay Flowers handmade gifts pink hibiscus

Unique Shopping Experiences

For a truly unique shopping experience, we highly recommend Nana’s Clay Flowers. Here, you can admire and purchase some of the most beautiful handmade clay orchids and flowers. These stunning pieces make perfect souvenirs or gifts. If you're feeling creative, they also offer classes to teach you how to make these lovely flowers yourself. Learn more about their offerings at Nana’s Clay Flowers.

As you explore Kona, don't miss out on the variety of shops along the main street where you can find everything from jewelry and clothing to local art and souvenirs. It’s the perfect place to pick up something special to remember your trip by.

Local Markets and Fresh Eats

Make sure to visit the Kona Farmers Market where you can explore over 40 outdoor vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and local honey to arts and crafts. It’s a wonderful spot to support local artisans and farmers while picking up some unique Hawaiian products. Here's the map link to help you find it.

Treats and Bites

For a delightful treat, stop by Bubba & Finn’s Dole Whip located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. Their tropical soft serve is a must-try and a great way to cool off.

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty bite, we suggest Ocean Street Tacos for some of the best tacos in town. Grab your food to go and enjoy it outdoors in the beautiful Hawaiian sunshine. Check their location here.

Drinks with a View

If you're in the mood for some drinks, Foster’s Kitchen offers a fantastic selection of cocktails along with great views and a cozy outdoor seating area overlooking the ocean. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. Find out more at Foster’s Kitchen.

Kai burger with the bun stamped with their logo

Dinner by the Ocean

For dinner, Kai Eats and Drinks is our top pick. It’s a fun and friendly spot right on the ocean, where you can enjoy the sunset while dining on delicious pizzas, burgers, tacos, and more. They also have a great selection of beers on tap. Check out their menu at Kai Eats and Drinks.

Art and Culture

Don’t forget to visit Gupton Gallery, a beautiful fine art gallery featuring works by Big Island artists. They often host events where you can meet the artists and learn about their work. For more information, visit Gupton Gallery.

Historical Exploration

Finally, make a stop at the Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark, a must-see for history enthusiasts. This site offers a glimpse into the past with its reconstruction of King Kamehameha I's residence. It's also a great place for a peaceful picnic or a quick swim. Learn more here.

Historic landmark in Kona

Throughout the day, take a break at any of the numerous beaches for impromptu swim breaks and oceanfront relaxation. Enjoy exploring all that Kona has to offer!

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