Kailua-Kona is a port town on Hawaii Island (Hawaii USA, North Kona District) with population around 12,000. It is West Hawaii's center of commerce and tourism industries. Kailua is served by Kona Airport (to the north) with regularly scheduled domestic and international flights linking to California (Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose), Oregon (Portland), Washington (Seattle), Hawaii (Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, Kapalua), Canada (Vancouver BC), Japan (Tokyo). Seasonal flights connect to Anchorage (Alaska), Bellingham WA, Dallas TX.
To the north is located Kawaihae. Kailua-Kona is the start and finish of the annual triathlon Ironman World Championship, Kona Coffee Festival, and Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Famous Kona coffee is a variety of Coffea arabica cultivated on Hualalai and Mauna Loa's slopes in North and South Kona Districts. Kailua Pier is a starting and finishing point for Ironman World Championship Triathlon held in October. North of Kailua pier is Kamakahonu royal residence and Ahuena Heiau. Parks include Laʻaloa Bay ("White Sands Beach" or "Magic Sands") and Kahaluʻu Bay, featuring some of Hawaii's best snorkelling.
Honomalino Bay (on the Big Island's / Hawaii Island's southwestern coast) is located south of Milolii (fishing village). The bay has a half-mile long black-sand beach and is accessible only by boat (ship) or by foot (from the village). The beach (aka "salt-and-pepper beach") is lined up with high palm trees. A short hike to Honomalino Bay passes through a rainforest, also crossing lava flows from Mauna Loa (active volcano). At Honomalino Bay there are no any facilities, and camping and fires are forbidden.
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Norwegian Cruise Line had to modify the itinerary of Pride of America to stay clear of Lane, the major hurricane which was forecast to track...August 23, 2018
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Norwegian Cruise Line announced it underwent evaluation and consultation with experts and authorities on the Big Island of Hawaii about the volcanic...June 11, 2018
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Norwegian Cruise Line announced its Pride of America will return to Kailua-Kona on May 30, 2018. The cruise line had previously decided to bypass...May 25, 2018
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