Ali’i Drive and Kailua-Kona

Driving along Ali’i Drive after our lunch at Da Poke Shack (see related post https://justcallmequeen.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/da-poke-shack/), we stopped off for a stroll around the Kailua-Kona area along the coast.  The area is hopping with things to do including strip malls for shopping on both sides of the road –

the Kona marketplace:

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and the Kona shopping village:

IMG_8517  Plenty of places here to get your knick knacks, hawaiian gear, and a cup of Kona Coffee!  There are 3 ABC stores here!

Down the road are two historical landmarks, the Mokuaikaua Church,

IMG_8529 which is Hawaii’s first Christain church,

and the Hulihe’e Palace

IMG_8521 which had once served as the vacation home for Hawaiian Royalty.  And if the view is good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for us!

The palace overlooks Kailua Bay:

IMG_8543  Even with the impending storm clouds, it’s still gorgeous here!

At the Kailua Pier

IMG_8542  you can fish, take a sail boat out or go for a swim.  And, it is where a sea turtle swam right up to us!

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After our stroll, we got hungry and headed to Kopi Lani Coffee:

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where they sell coffee and snacks

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And ice cream!!!  I got their kope lani sundae, made from kona coffee ice cream, fudge and macadamian nuts:

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while my friend got their lilikoi (or passionfruit) cheesecake:

IMG_8584  Both had great flavor and so yummy!  We tried some samples of their coffee, but they were TERRIBLE.  I recommend coming here instead:

IMG_8562  Cherry Hill Coffee – a small boutique coffee roaster, making some great tasting kona coffee and located right across the pier.

There are many resorts and time shares in this area too.  It’s actually a great location and just down the hill from Costco® and Walmart®.  At night, you can dine at many of the restaurants in the area and enjoy this stroll at dusk too!

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