If there is one thing that we value here it is variety. That's why you'll find so many different things to do here at the Royal Kona Resort. In fact, Hawaii as a whole thrives on variety. This is one of the major reasons it is such a fantastic vacation spot. Take Holualoa for instance. It's a small village in Kona that runs on java. Because of the perpetual cloudy weather, high elevation and volcanic soil, Kaelakekua and Holualoa are great places to grow Kona coffee. You'll find tons of different coffee growers here and plenty of different places to take tours. We'll highlight one such tour here called The Roastmaster Tour.
The Roastmaster Tour is available at the UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Estate. On the tour you will get the chance to roast your own, one-of-a-kind blend of Kona beans. A guide will also teach you different roasting techniques, and help you create your own roast and private label. The coffee you create makes a great (and delicious) souvenir. Tours run daily, every hour from 9:30 am to 3 pm, and are given in Japanese and English. The Roastmaster tour costs $35 per person, and visitors must be 12 or over.
But there's more than just delicious coffee to Holualoa, it has also become an art mecca for the Kona resort towns. Here you will find local art such as paintings, ceramics, and hand-carved woodwork. If you're really into art you should consider visiting during November's Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll. This is the perfect place to sample various Kona coffee blends as you search for handcrafted items and learn more about the local culture.
But let's not forget all the great stuff to see in Kailua Kona. A historic village that was once a getaway spot for Hawaiian royals, it has a wide range of great dining and shopping spots and plenty of chances to connect with Hawaiian culture. We encourage you to take a walk down Alii Drive where you'll find not only restaurants and shops, but a bevy of historic landmarks like the Mokuaikaua Church and the Hulihee Palace. You can see the temple of Ahuena Heiau which was built by Kamehameha I, and is on the National Historic Landmark Registry.
There's always something exciting and life enriching to do here at the Royal Kona Resort. So take a moment and book the start of your all-inclusive Hawaii vacation now.