Goodbye Summer – Aloha Hawaii!

As summer has come to a close and a new school year is in full swing, you can’t help but let your mind wander to when your next vacation may be coming. Sure, the fall and winter holidays provide you with time off, but it’s almost always chaotic (too many people in the house fighting over who gets what part of the turkey doesn’t really set the tone for relaxation). As your house empties and you start to clean up the dishes of twenty people, you find yourself day dreaming about how this chilly evening might have been better spent somewhere more warm and inviting. You know, somewhere like Hawaii. As our winter mountain months start to creep closer we are dreaming about it too – but not your popular tourist destinations, a different kind of Hawaii. We’re dreaming of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

Located on the lava-lined west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, Kailua-Kona, or Kona as referred to by locals, features flawless weather year-round, white sand beaches, and world famous Kona coffee – something we’re sure you’ve heard about! Once a sleepy fishing village, Kona is now seen as the activity capitol of the Big Island. Plenty of outdoor adventures, unique and fresh local cuisine, and attractions for the whole family are all nestled here, away from popular tourist spots. Sounds like the perfect place to book for a winter getaway, right?

And if those visuals aren’t enough to convince you, here’s ten reasons why we know that Kailua-Kona will be the escape you’re looking for during the holiday season:

  1. First – the weather! Kona’s days are almost always sunny and dry with the average temperature between 70 and 80 degrees.

    Large wooden sculptures, known as kii, guard the temple and are an iconic part of Hawaiian culture.

  2. The outdoor activities are endless! The surrounding lush tropical forests are perfect for finding challenging hikes that lead to waterfalls. If that isn’t your speed, try exploring Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – located in the middle of Kona’s coffee belt.
  3. You can snorkel at sunrise at King Kam Beach, located in Central Kona. You may need a few cups of local Kona coffee to get yourself going but something tells us the experience will be worth it! Not an early riser? Kona has something for you too. Try a night time snorkeling tour with Manta Rays!
  4. Visit Ali’l Drive where you can shop, dine on the fresh catch of the day at a local restaurant, and even check out the craft beer scene at Kona Brewing Company.
  5. Have a once in a lifetime experience at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Seen as one of the most popular attractions on the Big Island, here you can safely watch Kilaeua, an active volcano, up close – one of the few places on the planet where you can do so safely!
  6. After you’ve seen Kilaeua, travel on Mauna Loa Road. Considered

    Views on the picturesque Mauna Loa Road.

    one of the best drives on the island. You’ll cross over old lava flows, weave through forests, and see some more incredible views of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

  7. Kona Coffee tours and tastings are available. Tour the plantation and learn the process coffee beans go through to create everyone’s favorite AM beverage!
  8. Tour Ocean Rider Seahorse farm! A large conservation project started in Kona, this aqua-farm is one of a kind.
  9. Step away from it all and spend some down time on one of the many white sand beaches near Kona. Kiholo Bay, Kuki’o Beach, and Kikau’ua Point Beach to name a few! Be sure to keep your eyes open for green sea turtles at Kuki’o Beach.
  10. It’s available on VacationCondos.com!

Are your bags packed yet!? Hawaii offers a wide array of destinations and we think Kailua-Kona is among the best of them.  We are thrilled to be working with Kona Reef Resorts!  This beautiful resort property features condominium-style units with full kitchens, separate bathrooms, and living areas.  A gorgeous pool overlooks the ocean and an outdoor pavilion and grill area are perfect for hosting your own luau.  We can’t wait to see you soon in Kailua-Kona! A L O H A !

 

Consider D O N A T I N G  to the Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund.

As we know you are aware, several islands in the Caribbean have been devastated by Hurricane Irma – the largest and most powerful storm ever to hit the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands. As Hurricane Jose and Maria followed close behind, the additional impacts were severe. These storms hit close to home for our Zelandia Holding Company family, as our Atrium Beach Resort & Spa, located in Simpson Bay, has been a long-time favorite of our members, guests, and employees. We have more than 40 employees there, many of whom we consider family. Additionally, we have crew members, employees, and business partners in the British Virgin Islands at our Festiva Sailing Vacations base in Tortola.

We know this road to recovery will be expensive, difficult, and long for our employees as well as everyone else on these islands, so we have come up with a way to help. We are taking donations through our Festiva Charitable Fund to help our employees and others living on St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands recover and rebuild their lives. Donating is easy, simply click here and enter the amount and your payment information. If you prefer to send your donation via check, please send an email to media@festiva.com and we will provide instructions for check payments.