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  • Address: Kaahumanu Place, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740, USA
Kailua Pier is the northern bookend to most of Kailua-Kona’s restaurants, shops and bars, a stretch of concrete wide enough to host four-lanes of traffic (if it wasn’t closed off to cars). The historic pier was first built as a downtown fishing dock in 1900 and utilized rocks from deconstructed Hawaiian palace and fort walls, but today few boats moor here. Instead, the pier is mostly used for large events and festivals including the annual Kona Ironman World Championships, which starts and finishes at the pier, and the Kona International Billfish Tournament whose daily catches of sometimes-massive fish species including Pacific blue marlin are weighed from pier-side scales for all to see.

On the pier’s northern side, a small beach fronting the King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel has public showers, restroom blocks and hosts community events such as the Kona International Surf Film Festival and the Kona Brewers’ Festival. Aside from the beach, the best vantage for 
Ahu’ena Heiau, a still-revered thatch-roof temple dedicated to Lono and dating to the early 19th century, is from Kailua Pier. Some say the temple is just 1/3 of its original size when built by Island-uniting King Kamehameha I. Because it is believed the monarch also died here, the site and its tiny man-made island remain sacred and off-limits to the public, despite being on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

Practical Info

The pier is located on Kaahumanu Place at the bend where Alii Drive becomes Palani Road. It is next door to the King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel and across the street from the Fish Hopper Restaurant and ABC Store.

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Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Historical Dinner or Lunch Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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Set sail for a 3-hour cruise to Captain Cook’s Monument for dinner, as a local historian shares stories and legends of the sites you will see along the way. ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.63
Snorkel Dolphin Adventure Aboard Luxury Catamaran, Big Island of Hawaii, Lunch Cruises
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Snorkel Dolphin Adventure Aboard Luxury Catamaran

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Step aboard this double–decker catamaran, loaded with luxury features to provide you with most comfortable snorkeling experience. Cruise 10 miles to a ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $141.94
Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island

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This two-and-a-half hour whale watch tour with a certified naturalist departs from the Kailua-Kona pier during whale season (December to April). Hear singing ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.26
Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise, Big Island of Hawaii, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

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Combine two amazing Big Island experiences with this submarine adventure and snorkel cruise in Kona. On your submarine tour, discover Hawaii's tropical ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.76

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