Intimate Kona History And Culture Tour From Kona South - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Pick ups available from all hotels in Kona and south of Kona Airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Ancient Hawaiians used Kona, on the island of Hawaii, as the main capital city during the reign of King Kamehameha the Great. The area is rich with Hawaiian folklore and stories. From land divisions, ancient fishponds, Heiau-temples, and royal palaces, we will take you on a journey through this historic area. Pickups at all locations in Kona and south, including Kona and Keauhou.

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Kailua-Kona is rich in history and culture because of the heavy influence Kamehameha I had on the area. After he conquered the Hawaiian Islands, he made his home in Kona. During his reign, the city prospered with the influence of trade from foreigners, missionary arrivals and new beginnings.

Let our cultural guides, take you on an adventure and observe the rich history of this area from agriculture, Hawaiian fishponds, religious practices, royal influences and the impact of modernization. One of our stops is a favorite amongst visitors. Puuhonua O Honaunau, the place of refuge, is a complex of archeological sites including: temple platforms, royal fishponds, sledding tracks, and some coastal village sites. This place was special for those who were kapu, law, breakers. It was a place they would escape harm. We continue our journey through many Heiau-temples and significant burial grounds that helps grasp the way the ancient Hawaiians lived.

To wrap up our cultural tour, we head to the Royal Palace, Hulihee. The Royal retreat for the AliI, Chiefs and Chiefess, of old Hawaii. The Palace was originally built by High Chief, John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawaii during the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, portraits, kapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawaiis royal past. Hulihee Palace consists of six large graciously appointed rooms, two large inviting oceanfront lanai and lovely grounds. Off in the distance, you can see the remaining structure of Ahuena Heiau. This Heiau was the home of King Kamehameha I. The Heiau represented peace and prosperity. This heiau is so sacred that no one can set foot on the heiau structure.

The adventure awaits you! Come take a look around Kona and relive the ways of old.

  • Hotel pickup and return from hotels in Kona and Keauhou and points south
  • Visit Puuhonua O Honaunau, a place of refuge
  • Observe ancient Hawaiian Heiau-temples such as Kuemanu and Ahuena
  • Lekeleke burial grounds and the story of the Ai Kapu
  • Take in the beauty of Huliheee Royal Palace
What to bring:
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Extra pair of Slippers/Flip Flops
  • Sunscreen, Hat and Sunglasses
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Bring a water bottle


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Infants under 2 are no charge provided they do not occupy a seat

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-Sep-2019

    Excellent tour, very informative and interesting - a fascinating insight into Hawai'ian culture and history. The guide was kind, professional and knowledgeble. he had a great love of Haai'i and wanted to share it. I strongly recommend this tour.

  • 10-Mar-2018

    This is truly a history and culture tour. My husband and I liked it but our grandson who is 6 may find it boring.