October 6, 2019
Kailua-Kona, often just named Kona, is the central hub for the towns of West Hawaii Island. Captain James Cook first sailed into Kailua Bay and landed in the town in 1779. He was also slain at Kealakekua Beach just to the south of Kona. Kona was established by King Kamehameha the Great to be his seat in the government when he was first chief of Hawaii Island. After he unified all of the Hawaiian Islands he made it the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The capital of the kingdom later moved to Lahaina and then finally to Honolulu.
Kona was the site of some of the first missionary efforts in Hawaii which turned the small fishing village into a sea port. Kona Coffee is a famous brand of coffee that is sold around the world and is produced on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Kailua-Kona hosts the annual Ironman Triathlon every year in addition to Hawaiian International Billfish Competition and the Kona Coffee Festival.