The Kona Sugar Shack is perched on the Mauka (mountain) side of Alii Drive in Kona, Hawaii. Our home features a beautiful unobstructed panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Just a few steps away is White Sands Beach known as the premiere body-boarding and bodysurfing spot on the Kona Coast. This is the site of the Annual Magic Sands Body-surfing Championship.
On the south end of the Park is a secluded cove that is perfect for snorkeling or shore entry scuba diving. Green turtles and brightly colored tropical fish abound in this underwater paradise. Directly across Alii Drive, in the center of the Park is an ancient Hawaiian Hauia (spiritual place). Just off the shore local surfers test their skill in warm blue waters of the Pacific.
The Kona Sugar Shack, a premier property located on the Kona Coast, is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, including bananas, pineapples, and papayas. Our environment is eco-friendly, utilizing state-of-the-art solar electrical and hot water systems.
The property is situated on the mauka (mountain side) of Alii Drive, next to Magic/White Sands Beach, the premiere boogie-boarding spot on the Big Island’s Kona Coast. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive at the beach or in the cove adjacent to the Kona Sugar Shack. Observe colorful tropical fish and green sea turtles close-up or simply sit on your lanai and watch whales, spinner dolphins, kayakers and the amazing Kona sunsets. The Sugar Shack is the essence of the best of Hawaiian Island life. Our vacation rental with all the amenities of home is the perfect place for your island get-away.
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Centuries ago, intrepid travelers from Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands set out on a voyage thousands of miles long and found the new islands they called Hawai'i. The first island they discovered was the Big Island, the largest, youngest and grandest of all the Hawaiian Islands. This place of snow-capped mountains and erupting volcanoes became the focal point of subsequent expeditions by the explorers. The Big Island became the cradle of Hawaiian civilization and produced the man who united all the warring islands under one rule: Kamehameha, born in the Kohala area around 1758.
Missionaries from New England arrived in the early 1800s, first coming ashore on the Big Island at Kailua-Kona. Their influence changed the course of Hawaiian history.
From the Big Island's signature Merrie Monarch Hula Festival to the Ford Ironman Triathlon, Hawaii offers year-round events and activities to please the most discerning traveler.
Akaka Falls / Kahuna Falls
Off Route 220
A short nature hike through a fern and bamboo forest takes you past two waterfalls: Akaka Falls, a powerful 420-foot (128-metre) falls, and the smaller Kahuna Falls. The moist, sweet air is refreshing on this invigorating walk.
Hawai`i Volcanos National Park:
Southeast end of the Big Island
Established in 1916, Hawai`i Volcanos National Park was created to preserve the natural setting of two of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Encompassing nearly 220,000 acres (89,000 hectares), the park is also a refuge for the island's native plants and animals and a link to its human past. Legendary home of the Hawaiian fire goddess, Pele, Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously from 1983 to the present.
Hapuna Beach offers spectacular snorkeling, swimming, body surfing and picnicking.
Captain Cook Monument - Kealakekua Bay:
The Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay was donated by the British Navy to honour Captain James Cook, the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands in 1779. At first thought to be the Hawaiian god Lono, Cook was welcomed by the Hawaiians but later killed during a confrontation which broke out along the shore. A white pillar monument marks the spot where the event occurred.
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory:
Mauna Loa is the largest macadamia nut orchard on the island, with 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares) of land. View the actual production of one of Hawaii's most popular export items, brought to Hawaii in 1881 by an Australian chemist. Nut harvesting takes place twice a year during March and September.
Visit the quaint town of Holualoa, where a cluster of old Hawaiian homes have been refurbished into myriad art galleries and local style stores. The Kimura Lauhala Shop, located along the way, is one of a kind and a legend among weavers. The store sells handmade baskets, mats and purses from local hala (pandanus) leaves and has been in business for the past 78 years.
74-380 Kealakehe Parkway
Experience world-renowned sport fishing along the Kona/Kohala coast. These calm waters are considered to be the premier blue marlin fishing grounds.
Ka Lae South Point:
Ka Lae South Point is the southernmost point of the United States and believed to be the location where the first Polynesians discovered Hawaii in 150 AD.
Along the way to Kealakekua you pass many productive coffee farms. Kona Coffee, known around the world for its richness and robust flavor due to the healthy volcanic soil, is grown on the gentle slopes of Mauna Loa. Many visitor centers offer free coffee tasting and gifts for purchase.
The Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Kawaihae:
This historical site is the last major religious structure of the ancient Hawaiians to be built in Hawaii. Constructed by Kamehameha I in 1790–91, Pu`ukohola (Hill of the Whale) was dedicated to his family war god, Kuka`ilimoku, and was the site of human sacrifice.
Waipi`o Valley Lookout offers an incredible view of a once-thriving valley settlement. This lush green valley inspires visitors to explore its steep slopes, swim along its black sand beach, horseback ride or tour through taro patches.
Whale Watching: (seasonal)
Whale watching catamaran excursions and Zodiac tours provide a close-up view of humpbacks and the pilot whales during their annual migration through the Hawaiian waters.
The Hulihe`e Palace:
75-5718 Ali`i Drive
Hours: Every day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Hulihe`e Palace, built in 1838, was the gracious and charming summer home to some of Hawaii's royalty. This Victorian-style structure, made of coral and lava rock, is now operated by the Daughters of Hawaii and features many 19th-century cabinetry and mementos.