Wake up to the rich aroma of Kona coffee on the Big Island of Hawaii. This itinerary offers an immersive day in the world-renowned Kona coffee region. You will learn about the unique geography and climate that create the distinctive flavors of Kona coffee. With guided tours to local coffee farms, hands-on coffee picking and processing experiences, and coffee tasting sessions, you’ll develop an appreciation for the ‘black gold’ that is Kona coffee.
A word about Kailua-Kona (aka Kona), where there are more plentiful lunch and dinner options than near our morning and afternoon experiences. Kailua-Kona used to be a peaceful fishing and agricultural village. Now, residential housing, condos, and hotels now line Ali‘i Drive for about 10 miles. From Kamehameha’s home in the north to the Keauhou condo and shopping developments in the south, the coastal boulevard bulges with monuments to a new kind of prosperity. The northern sector of Ali‘i Drive is the center of the action, which in Kona equates to tourist shops and eating at good-time restaurants.
The village of Holualoa, located on the fertile slopes rising up to Mauna Loa, was once majorly agricultural but is now an artists’ community with galleries occupying the church and former post office. It’s still the heart of the Kona coffee district; the old coffee mill is now an artist’s workshop and studio. Lots of cafés serve 100 percent Kona coffee. Holualoa is about a 15-minute drive from Kailua-Kona; take Hwy. 19 to Hualalai Road and head uphill along the winding tropical road.