Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island is a charming town next to the Hualalai Volcano. People have been drawn to this area for hundreds of years by its excellent weather. The town is close to beaches and has historic sites.
Homes on the beach here include condos with one bedroom and one bathroom. Those who want larger homes on the water can buy four-bedroom houses with balconies overlooking the water. There are homes away from the beach 1,500 feet above sea level. Houses above the town include three-bedroom houses with balconies and private wooded areas. Amenities of four-bedroom houses in this area include gazebos and lanais with ocean views. Large families and people who have frequent overnight guests can buy houses with six or seven bedrooms.
Kailua-Kona is a great place to live for people who enjoy the water. There are places for sunbathing, swimming, surfing and snorkeling. Those who just want to relax on the water can take lunch or dinner cruises.
History lovers can tour buildings that were built in the 1800s. Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihe'e Palace date back to the 1830s. There are furniture and artifacts in the palace from that time period.
Stores at shopping centers in Kailua-Kona sell groceries and items for the home. Seafood, steak, pizza and Hawaiian cuisine are available at restaurants in the area.
Kona International Airport is approximately seven miles north of Kailua-Kona. Passengers can fly to the other Hawaiian islands, the continental United States and overseas. People who want to travel around the island can take Hele-On buses operated by the Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency.
The public schools in Kailua-Kona are Kahakai Elementary School, Kealakehe Elementary School, Kealakehe Intermediate School and Kealakehe High School. These schools and the charter schools in the area are part of the Hawaii Department of Education. Students in preschool through 12th grade can attend private schools in Kailua-Kona.
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