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.

7th Annual Hawai’i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival | June 7-9
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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.

Hawaii Painting
Hawaii Painting
Hawaii Painting

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.