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Best things to do in Kahaluu-Keauhou

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. Kahaluu Beach is not a marine preserve, yet for having no fishing limitations, it rivals and sometimes surpasses the quantity of fish you’ll see at a dedicated marine sanctuary.”
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Point of Interest
“This small but gorgeous beach (also called White Sands and, officially, Laʻaloa Beach) has turquoise water, great sunsets, little shade and possibly the best bodysurfing and bodyboarding on the Big Island. Waves are consistent and just powerful enough to shoot you across the water into a sandy bay (beware: the north side of the bay has more rocks). During high winter surf the beach can vanish literally overnight, earning the nickname ‘Magic Sands.’ The park is about 4 miles south of central Kailua-Kona.”
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Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Great sweeping views of the coast! In the evening, there are​ fire pit tables. ”
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Shopping Mall
“Very close - has a grocery store, pharmacy, local book store, restaurants, shave ice, some clothing stores, and movie theaters”
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Travel Agency
“A must do on The Big Island is a Manta Ray Night Snorkel, the day cruise snorkel trips are also wonderful.”
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Resort
“Awesome snorkeling area protected by a natural rock barrier break point. Go early.”
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Japanese Restaurant
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“Great sushi and dinner. Happy hour is 4 - 6 pm with 50% off sushi at the bar.”
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Point of Interest
“This is the closest swimming beach and only a 5 minute drive! There are always people in the water here and the boogie boards are fun to play in the waves.”
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Food
“A fun place to visitor fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. There is often live music and food vendors. Open Saturday mornings from 8am to noon”
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Food Truck
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“With perfect sunsets over the Kona Coast, Magics Beach Grill is about honoring Hawai’i through authentic Big Island flavors. The restaurant, bar, and Beach Shack each have their own menus and style so you can find what you crave for any occasion. Rooted in exceptional ingredients from our local farmers and fishermen, our dishes are equally playful and refined. They believe, just tasting these incredible flavors you become part of something bigger, our ‘ohana. Swing by for a cocktail and a meal, learn Big Island history, and tap into the latest local happenings.”
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Resort
“Manta Rays! At night the resort shines lights into the water, this attracts plankton which attracts Mantas! (most nights) View them from the deck. FYI Less chance of seeing them at the full moon. You can also have a high priced burger & drinks! ( reservation best for dining at Ray's)”
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Movie Theater
“At Keauhou Shopping Center. It's a clean, comfortable theater with a variety of movies! Bring a sweater, its usually cold inside.”
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Bar
“Located t the Sheraton Hotel, you can enjoy sea breezes, great food and views and after dark Manta Rays feed you can watch from the shore or take an excursion in the water. The Kona Trolley will take you here as well for $2pp”
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Store
“THE experience for water/nature lovers. Go with any of the groups leaving from Keauhou Bay (don't book something going up north.. when you can take advantage of walking home from your AIRBNB!)”
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Bar
“One of the longest running restaurants in Kona. Delicious pizza s and their famous pink sauce.”
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Restaurant
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“Great place for breakfast or lunch! Delicious coffee and crepes. Savory and Sweet! ”
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