Hawaii Language


In the Hawaiian language, Kona means leeward or dry side of the island, as opposed to ko‘olau which means windward or the wet side of the island. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters, five vowels (long and short) and eight consonants, one of them being a glottal stop. Hawaiians had no written language prior to western contact, except for petroglyph symbols. The modern Hawaiian alphabet, ka pīʻāpā Hawaii, is based on the Latin script. Hawaiian words end only in vowels, and every consonant must be followed by a vowel. Due to extensive allophony, Hawaiian has more than 13 phones. Although vowel length is phonemic, long vowels are not always pronounced as such, even though under the rules for assigning stress in Hawaiian, a long vowel will always receive stress.

Kona Storms


Kona storms (also called Kona lows) are a type of seasonal cyclone in the Hawaiian Islands, usually formed in the winter from winds coming from the westerly "Kona" (normally leeward) direction. They are mainly cold core cyclones, which places them in the extra tropical cyclone rather than the subtropical cyclone category. Hawaii typically experiences two to three annually, which can affect the state for a week or more. Some winters occur without a single Kona storm, with a high of four or five. The most powerful Kona storm in the last fifty years struck the Hawaiian islands between 8 January and 11 January 1980.


The Biggest Annual Event!

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.


The town we call home

Kailua-KonaKailua is the town in the district of North Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The post office designated it as Kailua-Kona to differentiate it from the larger Kailua located on windward Oahu. Mostly we call it just "Kona." The population was 11,975 at the 2010 census. It is the center of commerce and of the tourist industry on West Hawaii. The community was established by King Kamehameha the first to be his seat of government. The town is located along the shoreline of Kailua Bay and up the southern slope of Hualapai volcano. Kona has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The coldest month in Kona is January with an average high of 81.9°F. August is the warmest month with an average high of 88.0°F. Humidity is generally between 50% and 70%. Kona is generally dry, with a mean annual precipitation of less than 12 inches. Kailua is the start and finish of the annual Ironman World Championship triathlon, the annual Kona Coffee Festival, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.

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Kona has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and history.  Below we summarized some of the most interesting topics for you and included a few useful links

  • H.N. Greenwell StoreStep back in time to an authentic living history experience where our historical sites present you with a vivid and unforgettable story of Hawaii's past. For example, experience the 1880’s in the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum where the shopkeeper will help you “gather your supplies” for your trip up Kona mauka.  Follow this link for more information and ideas.
  • Hulihee PalaceHulihe'e Palace was a hub of Kailua-Kona when Governor John Adams Kuakini built it in 1838. Among the many things to see inside, there is a fascinating collection of local artifacts, which includes some from the reign of Kamehameha the Great, and some beautiful koa furniture. Outside on the lawn, near the royal fishpond, you may well see hula lessons taking place.
  • Kona Coffee Living History Farm is located on the Daisaku Uchida Coffee Farm. The 5.5-acre historic Kona coffee farm was first established in 1900. The open air agriculture museum depicts the daily lives of early Japanese immigrants to Hawaii during the period of 1920-1945.  Kona coffee is the market name for coffee (Coffee Arabica) cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa. Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be described as "Kona". The weather of sunny mornings, cloud or rain in the afternoon, little wind and mild nights combined with porous, mineral rich volcanic soil, creates favorable coffee growing conditions. There are many coffee farms you can visit around Kona.
  • PuuhonauPu'uhonua O Honaunau or "Place of Refuge" National Historical Park is one of the most beautifully Hawaiian locations you can imagine. This National Historic Site is one of the best locations for learning about ancient Hawaiian life. Talk to the rangers, as they are a wealth of enthusiasm and information. Charles Hua will even play the nose flute for you by request! Demonstrations of local skills are often happening here. It's about a 45 minute drive south from the town of Kona.
  • Hapuna Beach State Park - This broad white sand beach with a view of Maui is perhaps the best beach on the island for ease of access and lots of soft, white sand. It's possible at certain times of the year to lie on your back in the warm waters of Hapuna, and look up at 14,000 ft. snow-capped Mauna Kea.