Kona’s Top 5 Things To Do in 2014


MaunaKea1As I close out the year on 2013, I’ll say it was quite an adventurous year! My hubby and I created a new YouTube Channel, “Untamed Hawaii” to take viewers with us on our exploits to fun and cool places to visit on the Big Island. We will continue to take the GoPro along in 2014 and we hope you will come along on the journey with us.

Three things I did in 2013, that were new and different were to go to the backside of Mauna Kea, (see photo) which we did last weekend and we filmed. The fog and mist were ethereal and we did not see one other soul for miles.  I also had a chance to discover a bit more about the Kohala Coast and how rich it is with agriculture and people working to change “big Ag”.  A particularly nice surprise was Daylight Mind Coffee company next to the Wyland Gallery in downtown Kona. The view from DaylightMindCoffeethat restaurant is just amazing and I had a great time having lunch alone last week while watching the huge surf come in while surfers braved 25 foot waves.

If you are coming to the Big Island for a week (or longer) in 2014 and you want to hit the best places to go that have the most bang for your tourism buck, here they are.


Hapuna1. Hapuna Beach

2. Kua BayKuaBay

3. Waipio ValleyWaipioValley

4. Green SandsGreenSand

5. Makalewenamaksandwine

Other side trips, “Hot Ponds and Champagne Ponds” in the East Hawaii and of course, Volcano National Park.

Hapuna Beach and Kua Bay are easily accessible by rental car and you can spend long hours cavorting in the blue water and wiggling your toes in the soft sand.  The other places can either be hiked into or you can contact Big Island Off Road Adventures for an excursion. ($99 from Kua to Maks!) If you can’t swing it, keep an eye on this blog and we’ll take your there at least for a five minute segment. 😉

Thanks readers, for following along on this journey of loving and seeing the Big Island with me. It is an amazing place to call home.

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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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  • ralph says:

    Coming to kona this Sunday for family vacation. Four of us. The youngest is 19. Looking for suggestions on places to see and resources for tours. We Wang to visit the coffee and beer factories.


    • Aloha Ralph!
      Of course, I would recommend Big Island Off Road Adventures, first of all. Older teenagers love going off road and having a unique experience. If you want to keep it more local, meet Eric, the owner at Kua Bay near the airport and he can take you and your family to Makalewena, the most beautiful beach on the island down a unforgettable road! Only $99 per person. (if you have four, he can do it for $250 and walk with you to the really cool beach and let you spend two hours down there.)
      For coffee, Mountain Thunder is one of the biggest producers, but their tour is quick and so-so. Check out Hula Daddy online and book a tour. For beer, call the Kona Brewery ahead of time and see when they do tours. May I suggest a tour of a cacao farm? Hawaii is the only state in America to produce cacao and the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory has a great tour of the cacao trees and then shows you how they ferment and process the cacao to chocolate..and they have tasting!
      I am writing a post tonight about the FairWinds Cruise..SOOOO fun! My friends and I just had a blast and its the best snorkeling on a tour you can get. EASY, safe and they have a ton of things to do. Have a great time! Check out my Facebook page at 365 Things to do in Kona for more things to consider. Click on the photos and you can see some of the fun things I have done that you may wish to try. Trust me on the Makalewena trip..

  • Stephanie says:

    Aloha Julie.
    My family of five is arriving on June 29th. My kids are seven, five and two. Do you think the off road tour is doable with these young tikes? And what would you suggest is a must see/do? Thanks you for your website.

  • Ester says:

    Aloha Julie,

    my name is Ester from Indonesia, very interesting to read your writing 🙂
    and very interesting to know about Kona, sounds very beautiful place.

    have a great day!

    Ester 🙂