Mauka Kailua-Kona

When you think of Kailua-Kona, the first things that come to mind are the beautiful beaches and surf breaks in town, the scenic Kona coastline, Historic Kailua Village, Honokohau Harbor, and oceanfront Ali‘i Drive. In reality, Kailua-Kona covers a lot of more places and environments than just what’s found at sea level.

Stretching from sea level all the way to the upper slopes of Mt. Hualalai, Kailua-Kona spans many elevations. At approximately the 1,000- to 2,000-foot elevations, myriad neighborhoods and subdivisions brim with single-family homes. In the North Kona area above the airport, for example, the neighborhoods of Kona Palisades, Kona Hills Estates and Makalei Estates offer lots of different style homes on spacious lots, some as much as three to five acres. In fact, the gated community of Makalei Estates is actually zoned for agriculture, and some residents have created gentlemen’s farms there. The forested enclave of Kaloko Mauka is truly a breath of fresh air.

Closer to town above the harbor, communities near Kealakehe High School offer easy access to all the conveniences. Although Holualoa is a village unto itself, it’s situated just a few miles above Kailua-Kona. All along Hualalai Road from Kailua Town to Holualoa, vintage homes and plantation cottages line the road in quaint fashion. There are also upscale neighborhoods like Hualalai Colony and Kona Orchards, plus the resort-style residential homes around Lako Street. The Nani Kailua and Aloha Kona neighborhoods are also convenient and desirables places to live above town. A little farther south from there, the Sunset neighborhood above the highway showcase vintage homes built in the ’50s and ’60s.

The original thoroughfare for Kailua-Kona, the upper road known as Old Mamalahoa Highway meanders all the way from Keopu Heights in North Kona through to Holualoa and south to Keauhou Mauka. This area features roadside homes, some built by Japanese coffee farmers in the 1930s and ’40s. There are also myriad coffee farms plus the Donkey Mill Art Gallery. On the west side of Highway 11 half way up the hill, Pu‘uloa neighborhood is another interesting vintage neighborhood filled with beautiful homes. Close to the junction near Honalo, historic Old Keauhou Store is a combination convenience mart, café and museum of old Kona artifacts and inventory dating from the 1920s and ’30s.

North Kona - Kailua-Kona Mauka