Hawaii fishing charters give countless people each year the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands in a unique and memorable way. You’re also sure to be enchanted by the lovely Kailua Village during your stay, and will probably be curious about its origins and sightseeing opportunities. Read on to learn more about both!
The history of Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)
Located on the brilliant Kona coast, Kailua is he hub of tourist activity for West Hawaii. The area is known as Kailua-Kona to differentiate it from a larger island known simply as Kailua, which is located near the O’ahu island.
Kailua Village was founded by King Kamehameha I, at the time the chief of Kona, who envisioned it as his seat of government. Later, it was designated the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Later still, it served as a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat for Hawaiian royalty.
Over the years, Kailua has grown from a quiet fishing village into a bustling and vibrant destination for anyone seeking great shopping, delicious food, and the opportunity to learn about the unique history of Hawaii. It’s also a mere 15 minutes from the Kona International Airport, and offers affordable accommodations.
What to do
For the family, Hawaii fishing charters are a great way to explore the coast and surrounding islands. There are many incredible places to eat around the island, and kids and parents alike will find dishes to enjoy. Adults will also appreciate the Hawaiian-style nightlife that frequently features live music, with an unbeatable view of the water in many locations.
Kailua has a beautiful oceanfront street called Ali’I Drive. It is a Hawaii Scenic Byway, and is titled “The Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast.” Take a drive down the street into downtown and soak up the history: there are a number of archaeological sites along the way that have survived for several hundred years.
The area has many unique historic landmarks. For example, you can visit the Ahuena Heiau temple, which was rebuilt by none other than King Kamehameha himself. The temple is on the register of National Historic Landmarks. Churches worth seeing include Hawaii’s original Christian church (erected in 1920), the Mokuaikaua Church, and the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.
Go north from the pier, and you’ll find the Kamakahonu royal residence. The Hulihe’e Palace is another royal residence that hosted members of the Hawaiian royal family up until 1914.
A few more fun facts
Kailua Pier, a popular gathering spot to see a breathtaking sunset, is also the Ironman World Championship’s starting and finishing location. Kailua also hosts the annual Kona Coffee Festival, as well as the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.
There are a number of water activities to enjoy, such as snorkeling and whale watching. And of course, Hawaii fishing charters are an especially unique way to enjoy the history and beauty of this incredible place.