Aloha! Kona Awaits! My First Post.


I was standing above the ocean, at the top of a hill, over looking a golf course and a lava field in Keauhou in 2010. A tourist ran up to me and said, “What are these hills!? Someone told me Alli Drive was flat!”

And after talking to her for over an hour about where to run, where to snorkel, where to watch the volcano, if it was safe to run alone, how come there are wild goats on the golf course and when the sun rose, I knew that I had A LOT of knowledge to impart on people who wanted to discover Kona, Keauhou, and the Big Island.

And, so this blog follows my journey for the years that I live here, in finding new places, new deals, and new experiences. These will be intertwined with my experiences and thoughts about what I have learned from living on the Big Island for a year in 2005-06 and coming back for numerous visits in 2007-2008, and now living here full time.

I will fill these pages with photography, my hobby, and video clips, my newfound way to truly show what I mean, and lace it together with my natural enthusiasm for showing people things I get excited about living on this island. Join me on a tropical and fun adventure!

Lava + Ocean = Kona

Spread the word if you love what you heard! #365kona so we can say Thanks!

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 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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