Ali’i Drive is a coastal road, which faces the Bay of Kailua and is the main street of Kailua-Kona on the western side of the Island of Hawai’i. This gorgeous stretch of road is where the major shopping and restaurants are located in Kona. Sunsets and ocean views are the main draw for visitors and locals alike.
Ali’i Drive starts from the crossing with Kuakini Highway, just north of Kailua Pier, and ends at Keauhou Shopping Center in Keauhou.
The Kona Inn and several historic sites such as the Hulihe’e Palace and Mokuaikaua Church that are quaint and enjoyable to explore.
Once you pass Huggo’s on the right, at the “V” in the road that leads you to the Royal Kona resort, you will come to Honl’s white sand beach, a popular spot to relax and watch surfers.
From Honl’s you will drive through a lush stretch of road in between vacation rentals and homes until you come to the next popular surf spot, called Banyan’s. After Banyan’s you have Lyman’s, another popular surfing location on days where the currents are up, you can see waves breaking that rival that of the North Shore on Oahu.
Next stop after Lyman’s is La’Aloa Beach also known as Magic Sands, a popular white sandy beach, that is famous for it’s name and phenomena that occurs with the sand going out to sea leaving you with lava rock. The sand is washed out to sea in storms several times a year only to be returned after some time. This beach is called Laʻaloa Bay in Hawaiian. In the Hawaiian language, la’a loa means “very sacred”.
Your next stop along Ali’i will be the popular snorkel beach, known as Kahalu’u. This beautiful reef is protected by a sea wall, leaving swimmers with a bay and beautiful reef to explore. At the end of the sea wall it is not uncommon to see surfers getting lessons on how to surf.
From Kahalu’u you will head around the curved road, up to Keauhou Shopping Center and the end of Ali’i drive.
Take a cruise down Ali’i Drive from the Pier down to Huggo’s.