Everyone In Hawaii Needs To Visit This One Small Town This Summer

Located along Hawaii Island’s scenic Kona coast is Kailua-Kona, a historic seaside village full of natural beauty, royal history, and plenty of charm. It’s the best small town in Hawaii, and we think you’ll agree! In honor of the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary, the Smithsonian Magazine’s “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit In 2016” exclusively features towns near America’s greatest national parks. And, for obvious reasons, Kailua-Kona made the list for being just 22-miles from the famed Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park. Even today this incredible small town is still one of the best small towns in visit in all of Hawaii.

Do these 16 places of interest in the best small town in Hawaii make you want to put this charming beach town on your summer bucket list? What are your favorite things to do in Kailua-Kona? Share them with us in the comments below!

And for our top things to do on each Hawaiian Island, be sure to check out this handy guide.

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March 19, 2023

What are some things to do on each Hawaiian island?

With so many fantastic islands to explore, planning a trip to Hawaii, or even just a weekend getaway to a neighboring island, can be difficult – especially on a tight schedule and budget. In reality, it would take years to explore everything just one Hawaiian Island has to offer, but unfortunately, most of us only have time for the highlights. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with the three things you need to do on each Hawaiian Island.

For the best things do to on Hawaii Island, check out:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This 523-square-mile park contains some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wonders, not to mention the two active volcanoes
  • Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea measures in at 13,796 feet above sea level, the highest point in the state of Hawaii. In fact, when measured from its oceanic base deep in the vast Pacific, the mountain measures in at more than 33,000 feet tall – that’s higher than Mount Everest.
  •  Akaka Falls. Located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, Akaka Falls State Park is home to two gorgeous waterfalls fed by the Kolekole Stream: Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls. At more than 400 feet in height, Akaka Falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall on Hawaii Island – and for good reason.


Looking for fun things to do on Maui? How about checking out:

  • Maui’s Road to Hana, which is perhaps the most popular scenic drive on the island – and possibly all of Hawaii.
  • Haleakalā National Park.Translating to “House of the Sun,” Haleakala rises more than 10,000 feet above sea level, comprises 75 percent of Maui Island, and is home to desert-like conditions, rainforests, and everything in between.
  • Ka'anapali Beach, one of the island’s most popular expanses of white sands, surrounded by luxury hotels and resorts.


Of course, this is just the beginning of the fun that awaits when you visit the Aloha State... check out this guide for more bucket-list adventures on each of the Hawaiian islands!