One of the things that makes the Big Island of Hawaii so special is how the beautiful Hawaiian language and culture is interwoven into daily life … from the Hawaiian words and phrases, to the Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele music, to the keiki (children) and kupuna (elders) dancing the hula.
Opportunities to learn about Hawaii’s rich history and culture
There are many opportunities to learn more about Hawaii’s rich history and culture. Start with a visit to Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, here on the Kohala Coast, where you can walk in the footsteps of King Kamehameha the Great, and watch for sharks gliding above the submerged ruins of a temple. The historic site, which shares the history of the beginning stages of the Hawaiian Kingdom, features an interesting self-guided loop hike, ranger talks and tours, movie showings, exhibits and displays, and craft demonstrations and activities. Entrance is free.
Explore an ancient Hawaiian fishing village
A short drive up the coastline is Lapakahi State Historical Park, a large area of ruins from an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. Here, you can learn about traditional Hawaiian culture through the partially restored remains of this ancient Hawaiian coastal settlement. Admission is free.
Escape to the City of Refuge
We also recommend a visit to Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (also called the “City of Refuge”), south of Kona. Long ago, Hawaiian people caught on the losing side in war or breaking kapu (sacred law) could escape the death sentence if they could physically get to the pu’uhonua and receive absolution from the kahuna pule (priest). The park offers ranger orientations, self-guided tours, hiking, and cultural demonstrations. There is an entrance fee to the park.
Try your hand at lei-making, or your hips at hula
Many of the hotels and shopping centers on the Kohala Coast also offer local entertainment as well as cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities such as lei-making, and beginning hula and ukulele. Check out the Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort and the Shops at Mauna Lani.
Visit the Big Island
We invite you to come soak in the culture – and the sunshine – of Hawaii. There are often good airfares to Kona – set up a fare tracker on Google Flights to find the best deals. Then, let us help you find your perfect vacation rental, whether you’re looking for a cozy studio for two or a luxurious villa for a big group.
Newly constructed Hawaiian retreat
When looking for a Hawaii vacation rental, consider Kulalani at Mauna Lani. This Hawaiian retreat is located in the newly constructed, beautifully landscaped Kulalani resort, which features a lagoon style pool, a lap pool, two hot tubs, and a climate-controlled fitness center. The private beach club, which offers chairs, umbrellas, bar and restaurant, is a short stroll away, as are shopping, dining and groceries.
Spacious, professionally decorated Hawaii vacation rental
The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, townhouse-style home offers 1,600 square feet of living space. Highlights include the very private lanai and barbecue on the ground level and an upper-level lanai overlooking the vast pool area. The attached garage is stocked with everything you need for your trip to the beach or pool.
Save on your Big Island accommodations
Remember, you can save 10% on your vacation rental when you book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation. Hope to see you soon – a hui hou!