A Day in the Life in Kona-See What YOU Could Do as a Local


View from Papa Kona Restaurant and Bar in downtown Kona

People will sometimes ask us, “What’s it like to live in Kona? What kinds of things to the residents do there?”  We created this video around THAT concept! Although, gotta say, many of us who live here, don’t take advantage of all the beautiful things we COULD be doing that many visitors who are only here for a week would die to have more time to do! You DO get a little lazy about going snorkeling, or sitting in the sand, or finding a new walking path. I have spoken to residents who have not gotten into the ocean in MONTHS. MONTHS!

My husband and I LOVE to be outdoors and exploring and discovering on the land and in the ocean. People say we exhaust them just by giving them a peek into our lives on social media!

Literally, people who have lived here for over ten years will watch our videos and say they have never been on a trail or at a park that we show. So, if you are local, enjoy what we  have here! We are so fortunate and there are always fun things to discover. There are new restaurants opening now and I bet you never knew how much you loved being able to go to a beach until we all went through lockdown this past spring, right?

If you are thinking that people who live here full time are out snorkeling, eating out twice a day and drinking MaiTais at sunset every night.. most likely not. BUT, we show you a VERY full day in this video, while supporting local businesses and giving you some tips on how to enjoy the island responsibly! Enjoy!

The video includes the things we enjoy: Kona coffee in the morning, before oceanside exercise and chilling with our feet in the tide pools! We take you along Alii Drive through Kona, for a snorkel at Kahal’uu Bay, lunch at Randy’s Huli BBQ in South Kona, and a chef demonstration on the lanai at Papa Kona’s Restaurant for sunset. Yes, all in ONE day!

Try it yourself: Kona Coffee and Tea-https://www.konacoffeeandtea.com

Maka’eo Walking Path Old Airport Tidepools

Kahalu’u Bay and Reef Teach –https://kohalacenter.org/kbec/reefteach

Randy’s Huli Chicken And Ribs (Thursdays and Fridays) https://www.facebook.com/randyshuli/

Papa Kona’s Restaurant and Bar https://papakonarestaurant.com

Remember, if you snorkel or swim to wear mineral based sunscreen (avoid chemical sunscreens please and save our reefs) or wear a rash guard. 

Traveling to Hawaii? Take the Pono pledge to care for the island, the ocean and the culture https://www.ponopledge.com

If you DO think you would like to live here, check out our MoveToHawaii365.com website!

Discover the Desert Rose bushes at the Maka’eo Walking Trail

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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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