Best Places to Live on Big Island – Differences Between Waikoloa Village and Kailua Kona


From the wind swept prairie of Waikoloa Village to the quaint village of Kailua Kona, both towns have their pros and cons when it comes to living there or buying real estate.

My family and I spent almost a year living in Waikoloa Village where we moved almost exactly a year ago today after spending six years in Keauhou. (We moved from Kona to Lake Tahoe and then Waikoloa Village for my husband’s job.) We now live on Alii Drive less than a mile from Kailua Village.

I wanted to share the pros and cons with you because when we first considered buying a condo on the Big Island of Hawaii, we had friends that suggested living in Waikoloa Village because “that was where the real residents lived”.  They warned us about not finding community down in Kona because it was all tourists. Au contraire, mon fraire!

We found both had their own brand of community, especially around the schools and churches. (As far as housing and rental prices, you will find more affordability in Waikoloa Village than in Kailua Kona proper, by far, however you have to drive 45 minutes to get to Kona from the Village.)

So, my husband and I sat down and we created a video explaining the differences, with both communities having things we love and things that we feel could be deal breakers for many of you who are considering a move here.

Get your popcorn and take a look at the video and if you have comments or questions, feel free to reach out to me in the comment section or contact me at

(My husband does real estate referrals and we would love to connect you with one of our trusted Realtors who specializes in the village or in Kona!)

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Julie Ziemelis

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