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Located on the west side or ?leeward? side of the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona, Hawaii, averages 300 sunny days without rain a year. In the Hawaiian language, Kona means leeward. Mountains protect Kona from the trade winds that produce storms. Positioned in those mountain chains are three volcanoes that divide the Big Island in half, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. The mountains provide hikers and sightseers ample opportunities to enjoy waterfalls and spectacular scenery. Kona also boasts miles of stunning coastline with both black sandy beaches and white sandy beaches. Kona is a water enthusiast?s dream come true. Fishermen from around the world gravitate to Kona because it is a deep sea fishing paradise. Many international fishing contests are held along the Kona Coast. Kayakers also enjoy exploring the caves and impressive scenery along the coastline along with occasional sea turtle and dolphin sightings. In addition, snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes because the calm waters off Kona?s coast are perfect for enjoying the coral reefs and colorful tropical fish underneath the ocean?s surface. There are friendly picturesque towns in Kona that boast championship golf courses and outstanding restaurants. Those restaurants serve unsurpassed seafood delights. Many restaurants showcase the local Hawaiian cuisine along with serving many ethnic dishes brought to Kona by its diverse population. In Southern Kona coffee is grown on the slopes of the mountains. It is possible to sit at a coffee café and sip tasty fragrant fresh-roasted coffee while enjoying a picture perfect sunset over the ocean. Kona is less populated than many of the other places in Hawaii, so it offers some quiet and secluded places to enjoy. However, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and attractions to keep any visitor active and enthralled. Kona boasts varied and stunning scenery from lush tropical mountain waterfalls to stark volcanic beaches. Truly, Kona must be the perfect place to visit since this is where the Hawaiian royal family chose to build their summer palace, which by the way, is open for public tours in Kailua.
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