A slight detour off Highway 11 leads to the funky upcountry village of HŌLUALOA.
You’ll know you’ve reached this eclectic little town when you see a fl uorescent-pink building called KONA HOTEL . Built in 1926, the hotel is still maintained by its founding family members.
In Hōlualoa, you’ll fi nd an interesting blend of ARTISANS AND CRAFTERS. The half-mile stretch of Māmālahoa Highway (180) that is Hōlualoa Village features more than a dozen historical buildings that have now become world-class art galleries, studios and shops, along with a cafe and restaurant, bed-and- breakfast inns that range from cozy to exclusive and a general store that features FARM-FRESH KONA COFFEE and produce.
A 3-mile winding drive up the mountainside reveals a cool, lush Kona most visitors never see, a step back in time to a lifestyle centered around art, coff ee and history.