Construction Update: Niamalu MarketPlace and Kona Brewery


As much as we like to think our little Kona Town will always be a sleepy fishing town, there has been slow, but steady growth during the past 15 years as more people move to the island and businesses expand. Two of those expansions are the new Niamalu Marketplace on the corner of Henry and Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and the new Kona Brewery, which will have a new canning facility and a swanky tasting room, located on Kuakini near Big Island Honda.

My husband and I have been doing some videos around these two big projects and will continue to show you the progress in the coming months. Subscribe to our YouTube channels, please!


Here is the first drone video of the Marketplace and me discussing the other project in the spring of 2019.



Here is the second drone video of the Naimalu Marketplace in August 2019.


Here is a video I took today of the construction site at the Kona Brewery.


Here is another video showing you downtown as it is in August 2019 with a HUGE fish ball in the middle of Kailua Bay.

And because we love Kailua Kona so much, here is a beautiful fly over the Village during a gorgeous sunset in early September:


We live in a beautiful town and I like to think I tell the true story of what it takes to move and live here full time in my book, “How to Move to Kona”. I discuss bringing specific talents to the island, how to show Aloha, how to be respectful of the host culture and more. If you would like to read it, download it today!

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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 and 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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