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Before there were any developments on the South Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island, there were the resort areas of Kailua-Kona and Keauhou.

Keauhou is a culturally-rich area with heiau (stone temples), ancient burial grounds and more.  One of the major hotels here is the Keauhou Beach Resort and, on Sunday, March 29, the resort marks its 40th anniversary with a day-long celebration in the hotel’s Royal Luau Grounds from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Local families, friends and visitors are invited to be a part of the festivities that will include local arts and crafts, Hawaiian makahiki games, cultural tent, Hawaiian plate lunches and (non-alcoholic) beverages for sale, and a line-up of entertainment.  Anyone planning to enjoy the celebration should bring along a beach mat and chairs so they can get comfortable while enjoying the day.

Schedule of Events

Made in Hawai‘i Arts & Crafters:  7:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Hawaiian Printed Bags, Hawaiian wood pendants, Lauhala weaving, black pearls and other goodies.

Hale ‘Imi Na‘auao cultural tent (located in the Punawai Gardens):  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Makahiki Games
  • Hawaiian Language
  • Lei Making (Wili Ti-leaf)
  • Beginning Hula

Entertainment (Royal Lu‘au Grounds):  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Ceremony with Employee Chant (E ala e)
  • Kumu Keala Ching, Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola
  • Alula with Rolinda Bean
  • Special Guest artist Aunty Diana Aki
  • Kumu Aloha Victor with Hālau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu
  • Kumu Wayne Takemoto with Hālau Ka‘ulaokalani o Kona
  • Aloha ‘Aina

The Keauhou Beach Resort enjoys a prime oceanfront setting with tide pools sheltering sea turtles and reef fish out front and Kahalu‘u Bay Beach Park, one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island, right next door.

Parking is free. No outside food or coolers will be allowed.

Residents who want to make a weekend of it can take advantage of the hotel’s low kama‘āina rates starting at $109 per night.

For reservations or information, call toll free 1-866-326-6803 or the hotel direct at 1-808-324-2515 (long distance charges apply), or visit www.keauhoubeachresort.com.

Images courtesy of Keauhou Beach Resort
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One Comment

  1. Haven’t been to Kona in quite a while. Thanks for the update.


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