Our Big Island Historical Sites & More
Experience The Rich History And Spirit Of The Island Of Hawaii
While the Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, its history and cultural significance remains prevalent. Hawaii’s rich past comes to vivid life at the Big Island historical sites that surround our oceanfront resort. Understanding the cultural forces that shaped today’s Hawaii will bring a deeper appreciation to your experiences on our wonder-filled island.
The first ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom, King Kamehameha the Great, spent his last years on the land where our oceanfront resort now resides. It was from this sacred place on the Kamakahonu Bay, often referred to as the Eye of the Turtle, that King Kamehameha the Great commissioned and oversaw the construction of Ahu’ena Heiau.
These sacred grounds are still home to the Ahu'ena Heiau, a National Historic Landmark and one of the most important historical sites in Hawaii, as it marks the site of some of the most momentous events in the Island of Hawaii's history. Enchanting to look at in and of itself, Ahu’ena Heiau is all the more amazing to gaze upon when you reflect on all the royal Hawaiian history it represents.
Herb Kawainui Kāne Collection
It is our true delight to offer you onsite cultural tours at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, showcasing ancient Hawaiian artifacts, sacred historical sites, and an impressive art gallery featuring the renowned work of celebrated artist-historian, Herb Kawainui Kāne. Kāne’s paintings are a visual collection of Hawaiian history, depicting Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, as well as significant historical figures and events. Join us for a professional guided tour through our gallery, where you will learn the meaning behind these spectacular paintings and Hawaiian artifacts from the 18th century. Experience a traditional Hawaiian oli, as you traverse the grounds to the sacred Ahu'ena Heiau and learn more about this landmark building, which is still used in traditional Hawaiian ceremonies today.
Embrace Hawaii’s Culture
Join us for a variety of exciting activities that will broaden your understanding of Hawaiian culture. Classes in Lei Making, Hula Lessons, Makahiki Games, and more are available onsite at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Stop by our front desk to learn about the weekly schedule of events.
Daily Torch Lighting
Witness a time-honored tradition in Hawaiian culture as the torches around our Kona beach hotel are lit at the end of each day. This ceremonial torch lighting and blowing of the conch shell signifies the end of another glorious day in paradise.