Project Description

North Kona
OR
South Kona
North Kona
OR
South Kona

TOUR LENGTH: 7 HOURS

Adults $145.12 | Children $129.07

Immerse Yourself in the Rich History and Culture of Kona

Kailua-Kona is rich in history and culture because of the heavy influence Kamehameha I had on the area. After this king conquered the Hawaiian Islands, he made his home in Kona. During his reign, the city prospered under the influence of foreign trade, missionary arrivals, and new beginnings. Start your trip and learn about the rich history on a IMI Tour of Kona!

Let our cultural guides take you on an adventure to observe the rich history of this area, from agriculture, Hawaiian fishponds, religious practices, royal influences, and the impact of modernization. Amongst this tour’s stops is a favorite site of visitors — Puuhonua O Honaunau, the place of refuge, is a complex of archeological structures including temple platforms, royal fishponds, sledding tracks, and some coastal village sites. This place was special for those who were kapu, or law-breakers because it was where they could escape harm. We continue our journey through many Heiau temples and significant burial grounds, allowing you visitors to truly grasp the way the ancient Hawaiians once lived.

To wrap up our cultural tour, we head to the Royal Palace, Hulihe’e, the Royal retreat for the Ali’I, or Chiefs and Chieftess, of old Hawaii. The Palace was originally built by High Chief John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawai‘i when it was a kingdom. The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, portraits, kapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts, and other artifacts from Hawai‘i’s royal past. Hulihe‘e 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 Ahu’ena Heiau, the home of King Kamehameha I. The Heiau represented peace and prosperity, and is so sacred no one can set foot on the structure.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit the ancient place of refuge “Pu`uhonua O Honaunau”
  • Observe and feel the spirit of the ancient temples (heiau).
  • Saint Benedict’s Painted Catholic Church
  • Mokuiakaua Hawaii’s first Christian Church
  • Lunch Stop at select locations
  • Take in the architectural wonders of ancient masonry techniques of rock wall construction.
  • Be immersed in Kona’s rich history of Hawaiian Royalty with a visit to Hulihe`e Palace.
  • Learn about the first Christian settlers and their positive influences.

If you need a ride while on Hawaii Island, consider our local rideshare service holoholo.  You can book rides to restaurants, attractions, events, the airport, and more!

Book This Tour
  • Hawaii Tours on Kona
  • Kona Tours
  • Big Island Tours

Additional Details

The Kona Tour is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from South Kona locations and runs from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Kona Tour is available on Saturdays from North Kona locations and runs from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

  • Visit the ancient place of refuge “Pu`uhonua O Honaunau”
  • Observe and feel the spirit of the ancient temples (heiau).
  • Saint Benedict’s Painted Catholic Church
  • Mokuiakaua Hawaii’s first Christian Church
  • Lunch Stop at select locations
  • Take in the architectural wonders of ancient masonry techniques of rock wall construction.
  • Be immersed in Kona’s rich history of Hawaiian Royalty with a visit to Hulihe`e Palace.
  • Learn about the first Christian settlers and their positive influences.

Our pick-up locations are located at most major hotels in North Kona and South Kona, or convenient designated pick-up spots if access is not available at your hotel.

The Kona Tour is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from South Kona locations and runs from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Kona Tour is available on Saturdays from North Kona locations and runs from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Instead of large buses, we employ local guides driving smaller vehicles for our Hawaii tours. These smaller vehicles help create a safer and more intimate, relaxing, and educational experience.

Cancellations of our the Kona History & Culture Tour are at no charge up to 24 hours prior to the initial tour time. Any cancellation 24 hours or less before pick-up time will be charged the full rate for the ride. Cancellations to Kona tours made after hours by answering service will be accepted based on the time-stamp on the message.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Extra pair of Slippers/Flip Flops

  • Sunscreen, Hat and Sunglasses

  • Extra change of clothes

  • Water bottle

*Children 2-11 years old