Holualoa Gardens
76-6241 Alii Drive
Kailua Kona, Hawaii  96740
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About Hawaii

The youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago (a mere half-million years old), Hawaii Island is still growing thanks to an energetic volcano. Yet our island is larger than all the other islands combined, hence its nickname, "The Big Island." This is also the island where Polynesian voyagers from afar are believed to have first made landfall. Hawaii is the storied home of Pele, Goddess of the Volcano. January 3rd, 1983 marks the start of erupting Kilauea. The volcano continues to be active today.

The Big Island has it all: Three dormant and one active volcano, sparkling waterfalls, black-lava deserts and a snowcapped mountain peak. The Island features also include tropical rainforests, lush valleys, and miles of golden, black, salt and pepper and even green-sand beaches. To keep the weatherman alert there are eleven different climate zones.

 About Kona District

Kona meaning leeward or the west side of the Big Island has a humble starting point with the arrival of the Polynesians. Royalty soon followed giving way to Captain Cook’s missionaries. The Hawaiian Monarchy ruled until Hawaii was annexed into statehood. Kona is a gold mine in history (actually King Kamehameha lived down the street from our condo) Kona's first/oldest tourist hotel opened in 1917 in Caption Cook Town. The Manago Hotel started as a two room house with cots and futons. The kitchen had a cooking stove.

Today it is a 64 room hotel; the restaurant serves home cooked meals and is noted for the best pork chops on the Island. There is a community TV in the lobby for guests to enjoy. Use of a computer is available in the lobby for $5.00 per 30 minutes. If you want to feel that "Old Hawaii Feeling" have dinner at the Manago Hotel.View the old photographs in the lobby and feel that "Old Hawaiian  spirit of family hospitality" Don't be fooled; despite today's modern hotels, busy shopping centers, big box stores and up to date conveniences, Kona is actually a rural district at heart known for its calm seas, tropical weather and agricultural lands.( Kona Coffee)

 About Kailua Town

Kailua town actually started as a small Hawaiian village. In the 1800s Kailua was the commercial port and social hub of the Kona District. The town was host to many sea captains, traders and whalers. Kailua is steep in history as evidenced by the Royal Palace and settlement churches. The Royal palace is about 2 miles from the condo on Alii Drive.Saint Michaels Church which is the oldest Catholic Church was built in 1850 across from the Royal Palace 1928 marked the start of tourism with the building of the Kona Inn Hotel catering to guests arriving by steamer ship. The first commercial flight landed from Honolulu in 1949. The Old Kona airport was replaced by Kona International Airport (KOA) in 1970. The new airport was built over the old lava flow of 1801. Realistically the starting point of modern tourism was1953 with the start of the County water system bringing water in Kailua.

When The Kona Inn stopped welcoming overnight guests in 1976, it was replaced by a shopping center. The restaurant portion of the hotel remained open for business. Today The Kona Inn is known as a "fine dining" open air restaurant featuring great food and a view unmatched. Call for a reservation requesting a table by the water....bring a hearty appetite and a camera.

The earliest record of a traffic light in Kona was at the intersection of Kuakini / Hanama in Kailua which was activated in March 1982.

As much as things change is as much as things stay the same. Over the past 30 years new developments and condo complexes have been built. Alii Drive is still the small two lane road along the ocean with beautiful views. Kailua is still that little sleepy town that closes up at 9 pm. A very few establishments are open till 10 or possibly 11 PM. The surfers are out waiting for the 'big one" in the morning and as always when sunset comes people stop doing whatever and watch in awe. Things really do stay the same.

In the Hawaiian language, "holoholo" means to go strolling or driving to see what you can see. That’s a great way to explore the Big Island, and you’re guaranteed to discover interesting places and people.

Please remember that the word "Aloha" is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. "Aloha" truly means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. You wont have to look far to find Aloha on the Big Island.

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