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Hawaii Kings Tour: Spending Lapule (Sunday) in Kailua-Kona [Video]

Hulihe`e Palace, the historic former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is now a museum. (Photo: Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Listeners of 100.5 The River are touring with Andy Rent in Hawaii on a group tour created YMT Vacations.

They have been trekking across four of the Hawaiian Islands for 13 days on the Hawaii Kings Tour.

On Sunday (Lapule — la-poo-lay — in Hawaiian), the group spent its third day on Hawai’i Island and had leisure time to explore Kailua-Kona.

Kailua-Kona is a former fishing village at the heart of the Kona region, which is known for its Hawaii coffee beans and plantations.

A simple way to embrace Kailua-Kona is its monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll marketplace in Historic Kailua Village.

One Sunday afternoon each month, Ali’i Drive along Kailua Bay becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace with music, artists, merchants and a cultural performance on the lawn at a href=”http://www.huliheepalace.net/” title=”Hulihe`e Palace”>Hulihe`e Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty.

Other notable sites on Ali`i Drive include Mokuaikaua Church, Hawaii’s first church, and Ahu’ena Heiau, a temple rebuilt in 1812 and 1813 by King Kamehameha I, or King Kamehameha The Great, located on historic Kona Beach grounds of what is now the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehaha Kona Beach Hotel.

The 100.5 The River contingent is staying three nights at the Kona Beach Hotel on Kamakahonu Bay.

On Sunday was Historic Kailua Village’s May Day Brunch, which honors the traditions of Hawaiʻi with song, hula, lei and food on the Kona Beach Hotel’s makai lawn.

Kailua-Kona Sights

Kokua Kailua

Hawaii Kings Tour with 100.5 The River's Andy Rent and YMT Vacations

Next: Andy Rent Golf Outing on June 23

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