So, you’re a backpacker on a budget stoked to explore the Big Island. You want bang for your buck, without sacrificing glorious tales of adventure to take back home. You want more time lounging on white sand beaches, enjoying good eats, and cooling off under waterfalls… not stressing about how on earth you’re going to get there.
In Kona we sleep to the sounds of surf, but there’s more to listen to than the ocean on any given night. Here are a few of our favorites venues for live music and dancing in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. From classy jazz joints to open mics and Karaoke, Kona has some good stuff to offer music lovers.
In Kona, coffee is king. Introduced back when mule-drawn carts and horses were still the primary mode of transport in the 19th century, Kona families have farmed and made a living from coffee for over 200 years on the slopes of Hualalai volcano. Relatively new on the scene is the coffee shop.
One of our favorite parts of traveling is the food. Forget about the snazzy tourist traps with overpriced, mediocre renditions of your hometown fare. It’s time to duck into that side alley and eat where the locals eat. Delicious, cheap, and worth the lunchtime line.