Visit the most popular attractions in Kona, including the Painted Church, City of Refuge, and Royal Kona Coffee.
Explore Kona's cultural heritage and history at three key sights. Artifacts are displayed at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park, the site where Hawaiian lawbreakers and vanquished warriors found a "Place of Refuge" into the 19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, an artistic parish priest designed a miniature Gothic cathedral and created the decor that earned it the nickname, "the Painted Church." At the Royal Kona Coffee store, sample the island's world-famous coffee.
• Place of Refuge: A national park preserves the site where Hawaiians who broke sacred ancient laws could avoid capital punishment.
• St. Benedict Church: See the Gothic "Painted Church" designed, built and decorated by a parish priest over a century ago.
• Royal Kona Coffee: Sample Kona's famous coffee, brewed from premium beans cultivated on volcanic slopes.
What to Bring:
• Sea Pass card and photo identification
• Cash/Credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses