If you happen to be on the Big Island near Kailua-Kona, one must-stop destination is the Holualoa Village. The Village is a small town abundant in art, coffee, history, and charm. Located on the western coast of the Big Island, near the bay town of Kailua-Kona, Holualoa is roughly twenty minutes south of the Kona International Airport.
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Holualoa’s unique history dates back to the Hawaiian Kingdom. It was established as an agricultural area due to its fertile soil and heavy rainfall. Since 1828 the site has been rich with coffee farms and sugar cane. Also many of the original buildings are still standing in the Village.
The Village is also near the Magic Sands Beach Park, on the slopes of the dormant Hualalai volcano, along the Kona Coffee Belt. To taste and tour the area’s award-winning coffee plantations, visit Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm or the Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, where visitors can learn about the planting and roasting process.
Often referred to as the Big Island’s artist’s district, Holualoa has no shortage of cultural events. One of them is the First Friday After Dark, which showcases art, music, food, and cultural activities. Another major attraction of the Village is a stop at the Glyph Art Gallery. This is a center for talented local artists, photographers, woodcarvers, and jewelry designers.
Visitors should also check out the Holualoa Village Inn, a Big Island bed and breakfast overlooking the beautiful Kona coastline. Located on the slopes of Mount Hualalai, this quaint Inn provides an intimate Hawaiian experience you won’t find on the mainland.
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To protect and promote the history and heritage of Holualoa Village, community organizers created the non-profit Holualoa Village Ohana with the mission to provide educational programs and inspire cultural traditions. The Ohana support activities like the winter Music and Lights Festival and the Coffee and Art Stroll in the fall. The non-profit also organizes the beautification efforts around the Village. Event dates and times as well as ways to support this organization can be found on the website.