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Overview of Location
We would love to have you stay in our newly remodeled and redecorated condo at the beautiful Four-Star Kanaloa at Kona Resort. Our unit is on the ground floor (no long stairways-hooray!) and is located on He’eia Bay and overlooks Keauhou Bay and the Pacific Ocean. We are walking distance (a half mile) to the Keauhou Bay boat harbor where daily tours depart for various water-based activities, including what we believe is the best snorkel site on the island (the Marine Preserve at Captain Cook’s Monument at Kealakekua Bay). You can also leave for nightly snorkel or diving trips with the manta rays, right at the entrance to Keauhou Bay. World-class marlin fishing and sport fishing, kayaking, snorkeling expeditions, SNUBA, Hawaiian outrigger canoe tours, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and ocean rafting adventures are also available in Keauhou Bay. You’ll find little reason to deal with the hustle and bustle and traffic of downtown to get on the water. For those activities you won’t even need a car. And if you're not a water enthusiast; there is The Kona Country Club, a Top 100 public golf course adjacent to the resort, tennis, shopping, luaus and dining. Of course, there are those volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls and other sights nearby to take in as well. Realtors refer to this as location, location, location.
Our one bedroom unit is 1185 sq. ft. and can sleep up to six (6) people thanks to our spacious master bedroom and our new, queen-sized Murphy bed and new queen-size sleeper-sofa. The two bathrooms have been recently remodeled and are beautiful. Various other renovations were completed in June of 2017. The Master Bedroom has a regular door for privacy and also a shoji screen door for keeping track of the kids. Other family-oriented amenities include a Pack'n Play and a high-chair for the wee ones. There is plenty of space for your belongings. The condo is well stocked with swimming flotation noodles, boogie boards, beach towels and board games. New (2019), full-size, washer and dryer are in the unit, so there’s no need to over-pack your suitcases. The kitchen features beautiful koa wood cabinetry and overlooks the living room and the lanai, so you can join in on the conversations and even have great water views while working in the kitchen. The kitchen is well stocked with the pots, pans, utensils and serving sets. When you’re not enjoying the outside, you can enjoy several indoor amenities like cable TV on our two flat screen HDTV’s, DVD/VHS player, Bluetooth-compatible iHome entertainment system. So bring your Bluetooth devices. Stream content via our high-speed internet connection or just kick back on the lanai. The lanai features killer views, a wet-bar and mini-fridge, maybe even read a book! Most meals are taken on the lanai but the kitchen also has a breakfast nook with seating for four to six.
Resort Safety /Amenities
Kanaloa at Kona is a gated resort, with a security checkpoint at the entrance and roving security patrols. The resort has three pools (one adult-only pool), two tennis courts and the Kona Country Club, which borders one side of the property. Right across the road from our condo sits the main pool and the office for the resort. The Resort’s Activities Concierge works out of this building and can help you with booking one of the many outdoor activities or tours available on the Big Island (or you can booked them directly yourself, if you prefer). Remember, many of them depart from Keauhou Bay (1/2 mile away). Kanaloa at Kona has beautifully landscaped and well-maintained grounds. “Tropical” and “lush” are the words that come to mind. Lots of flowering trees and shrubs surround you throughout the grounds. There are also lots of BBQ grills scattered around the property, which are taken care of by the resort’s maintenance crews. You can join the other golfers on one of the Top 100 public golf courses- the Kona Country Club. The ocean-side pool is a wonderful place to relax and take in those beautiful Hawaiian sunsets. If you chose to never leave the Kanaloa grounds you would still be able to enjoy a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing environment.
Our unit is less than a five minute drive (walking distance for those fit folks) to Keauhou Shopping Center where you will find a drug store, grocery store, ATM, multiplex cinema, book store, post office, clothing boutiques, several restaurants (including a good Pizza joint), a sports bar and a small shave ice store where you can experience a delicious, local Hawaiian treat.
The Historic Kailua Village shopping district is usually a 10-15 minute drive (along the ocean) from our front door and features many fine restaurants, boutiques and even many of the stores you are familiar with on the mainland. You will find a long list of our favorite recommendations in the condo welcome book. One of our downtown favorites for lunch is the historic, waterside, Kona Inn Restaurant (established in 1928) which is located in the middle of the shopping district and right on the ocean.
Big Island Activities
There are many other amazing activities to explore on the big island; Volcano National Park, Mauna Kea summit observatory for world- renowned star gazing, the famous Kona Coffee plantations and coffee houses, lots of public beaches (great free snorkeling), including black lava, white sand and even a green sand beach, and the rain forests of Hilo with their multiple, breathtaking waterfalls.
Keauhou Bay area is blessed with sunny weather and perfect waters. These idyllic conditions made it a favorite hideaway of Hawaiian royalty, and today the area boasts diligently restored heiau (temples), ancient fishponds and a wealth of historical sites. Interpretive centers weave together the area’s present and past, making a stay in Keauhou as enriching as it is relaxing. Although, we will understand if you find it difficult to venture out after spending a few hours relaxing on our beautiful lanai with its breathtaking views of the He’eia and Keauhou Bays and the Pacific Ocean. At night, the Keauhou Bay area attracts manta rays that feed on microscopic plankton near the shore. You can spot these manta rays in the shallow waters off the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, which shoots spotlights out into the plankton-filled waters nightly. But to really see manta rays up close and personal, go on a manta ray night dive/snorkel trip. You can also sometimes see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) in the shallow tide pools. It’s easy to see why Hawaiian royalty adored this area. The waters are clean and crystal clear, so come to Kona and smell the ocean in your hair!
Our Hawaiian Tax Number is 120-266-7520-01