Nestled at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano, is a western Hawaii city of Kailua-Kona.
In ancient times, this area was considered the premier place to live due to the excellent weather and clean water. Many Hawaiian Kings (Ali'i) preferred to make their homes here.
Later, missionaries built churches and residences turning the tiny fishing village into a small seaport.
The main street, Ali'i Drive, runs along the oceanfront through the heart of the city from Kailua Pier to the Kuamo'o Battlefield.
This charming town mixes numerous historical sites with modern tourist attractions.
Restaurants, shops, and hotels abound. Sunsets viewed from the seawall are always spectacular.
The renowned annual Ironman Triathlon starts in Kailua-Kona just to the left of Kailua Pier. Athletes swim 2.4 miles in open ocean starting at this site. Afterwards they ride bikes for 112 miles through lava fields and then run 26.2 additional miles to complete this rugged course.
Local artisan captures the beauty of this quaint seaside town.
Sunset invites locals and tourists alike to view it captivating beauty.