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Hawaii Rental - The Best Kona Vacation Rentals

Updated on June 2, 2011

Kona Rentals in Hawaii

One of the most popular vacation spots in the world is Hawaii. A volcano Island; an eclectic mix of both rugged mountains, lush forest, and beach front beauty; luxury resorts line most of the coast line; the best surfing in the world occurs daily; a culture and cusine which one can easily become addicted to.

Do you want to move there yet?

You probably do. Many people do, and many people follow through with such a dream. For others they have to settle for a little less - not much - but still, less. Hawaii is full of places for summer rental - beach front, mountain side, ocean front. You just need to to know where to look.

And that's where Kona Rentals comes in. Kona is a small town on the leeward side of the Big island in Hawaii and is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Island. It's so popular due to its beautiful climate which is always - and I mean always - beautiful. It doesn't matter what year you want to plan your vacation in. Kona will always have a sunny and warm forecast.

Not much of a beach guy? No worries. Kona is right at the doorstep of a couple of the biggest mountains in the world, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. They both reach as high as 13 000 feet and have a couple of the world's largest telescopes on them. It can be an inspiring place.


Surfing in the region around Kailua-Kona.
Surfing in the region around Kailua-Kona.

Where is Kailua-Kona?

Kailua-Kona is located on the southern edge of the Big Island in Hawaii. 

Golfing in Hawaii.
Golfing in Hawaii.

Kailua-Kona Resorts

The great thing about Kona is that is has a mix of many different worlds. It has the oceanfront with the rocky coastline; it has the lush beach-front with the calm surfs; it even has the mountainside allure. Kailua-Kona is a Hawaii rental which fits right in one of those categories.

Known as one of the much charming ocean-front communities in Hawaii, Kailua-Kona have homes with their doorsteps meters from the turquoise sea.

Imagine: You wake up in the morning, the sun sprinkling in through the bedside window. You can hear the waves slowly lapse together onto the beach; the door is even slightly open - you can smell the ocean. You slowly get out of bed, grab a Kona coffee and walk out the door. For as far as the eye can see is beautiful blue ocean.

Kailua-Kona is a community full of culture to experience. Galleries featuring local artists, restaurants overlooking a sunset lit ocean, music and entertainment daily - all of this fills the world around Kailua-Kona wonderfully. Many of the vacation rentals are minutes from three of the top rated beaches in the area. Kahaluu Beach Park, Kealakekua Bay, and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau are all resort beaches that are the embodiment of relaxation; many of them have public access, and the cost to stay in the resort isn't overly expensive.

There are also a few golf courses in the area that can be played by both professionals and beginners alike. And, of course, there is a lot of shopping to be done in the area.

Some of the best vacation rentals in Kailua-Kona are:

  • Kahaluu Beach Villas
  • Kanaloa at Kona
  • Kona Isle
  • Kona Makai
  • Kona Nalu
  • Kona Reef
  • Na Hale O'Keauhou
  • Royal Sea Cliff
  • Surf and Racquet Club

Sunset in Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Sunset in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Waikoloa Beach Resort

A classic beach resort. And when I say classic, I mean classic. The Waikoloa beach resort in Kona is one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. Sitting on the precipice of large sandy beaches, the resort is constantly blessed with good weather. Warm breezes invoke themselves across the sand dunes, and millions of stars, mixed with glorious sunsets fill the night sky. Tranquil doesn't even describe it.

Most of the beach is protected by a bay and therefore the water is generally calm; therefore surfers stay out, this isn't the place for you. Surrounding the resort is the Queens market place and Kings shop where you can literally shop to you drop. The Waikoloa beach resort is a great place for family because it has things for everyone to do. Shop, tan, swim, golf - it has it all in a very close vicinity.

Some of the top beaches in the area - Anaeho`omalu Bay ("A-Bay"), Hapuna Beach, and Kaunaoa Beach (known as Mauna Kea Beach) - and some of the top golf courses - Championship, ocean front and mountain view golf courses - rule the land. In addition there is Ancient petroglyph fields and fish ponds in the area, and an array of unique spas; have you even engulfed yourself in a volcanic mud bath before?

Some of the best vacation rentals in Waikoloa Beach are:

  • Beach Villas
  • Colony Villas
  • Fairway Villas
  • Hali'i Kai Villas
  • Kolea at Waikoloa
  • Vista Waikoloa

Lava in the mountains.
Lava in the mountains.
Lava one moment, sea turtle next.
Lava one moment, sea turtle next.

Kona Coffee

One of the other things that makes Kona, Hawaii so popular is it's coffee.  Grown on special, volcanic soil, Kona Coffee is the most sought of coffee in the world.  It's expensive, but, as people will tell you, it's worth the price.

Check out my hub, Kona Coffee Blend

Mauna Lani Resort

The Mauna Lani Resort is the only resort in Kona which can see the five main peaks of the island - the Kohala Mountains, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Haleakala. This ability to see any of the peaks at any given time give you a spectacular array of vistas. At one moment you can stand at the beach, with the wind and ever-expanding ocean behind you, and look at five towering mountains; in another moment you can be up close, inches from one of natures masterpiece, in the distance the engulfing tranquil blue. It's an appealing place.

Mauna Lani is right in the heart of everything and this gives it an advantage over other resorts. World class golfing is walking distance, shopping and art admiring is just a block further; an oceanside restaurant just a ten minute walk away. The amenities are endless and ever streaming - you'll always be satisfied with whatever indulgence you feel coming.

The only downside if Mauna Lani resort comes parallel with its greatest feature. By being so close to everything also makes it one of the busiest places in Kona. The majority of tourists head here, and, therefore, if you're someone who likes solitary from time to time - the peace and serenity of the ocean - this place isn't for you. But you like to socialize, meet new people, explore the culture of Island, than it is for you. Simple as that.

Some of the best vacation rentals in Mauna Lani are:

  • Golf Villas
  • Kamilo
  • Kulalani
  • Palm Villas
  • Pauoa Beach
  • Point
  • Terrace
  • The Fairways at Mauna Lani
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    • mauihawaii profile image

      mauihawaii 7 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

      Informative hub with great photos.