Described by Lily Dudoit, Director of Culture at The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, as “a place where time and space meet, generating a new current, and a new beginning,” Keauhou was once a thriving fishing village and home to Hawaii’s royalty.
Located just a few miles south of Kailua Village, the Keauhou resort community is unique among the Kona-Kohala resort areas in that it seamlessly blends with surrounding neighborhoods and commercial areas rather than being separated by expanses of lava fields or undeveloped land. Proximity to shopping, entertainment venues and widely varied dining options infuses Keauhou with an energetic, urban feel, while the raw beauty of the Kona coastline, mana of protected archaeological sites and accessibility to the agricultural abundance of Holualoa and South Kona allows modern day development to exist in balance with the rugged natural character of the area.
For water enthusiasts, nearby Kahalu'u Bay, Keauhou Bay, White Sands Beach and other surf and bodyboarding spots along Ali’i Drive offer a myriad of options for swimming, snorkeling or paddling out for a session at your favorite break. Keauhou is also one of the world’s top destinations for big game sportfishing.
Golfers can schedule a tee time at nearby Makalei Golf Course, Big Island Country Club, or venture further up the Kohala Coast to courses at Waikoloa, Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea. Cyclists, hikers, runners or those looking for a short stroll through a coffee farm will also find many options for a day on a trail or on the road.
Today in Keauhou and Kahalu'u, even as residential development continues, many cultural sites, including heiau (temples) and fishponds, are also being restored to preserve the area’s rich heritage. “As the times change, so do the people. As the land changes, so do the people. As people change, so do the stories. This reminds us of the importance of passing down the history to our families so the stories can live on for generations,” says Dudoit.
If you are considering a move to the west side of the Big Island or investment in a vacation home in Hawaii, this is a place where you and your family can create your own stories, interwoven with the story of Keauhou, to share for generations to come.
For more information about on-going restoration work at Kaukulaelae Point at Keauhou Bay, please read Kaukulaelae, We Honor You, from the January-February 2015 edition of Ke Ola Magazine.