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Kailua (Kona), Hawaii

Kailua Kona, Jan 2007 and Feb 2008
This is the main city on the leeward, dry side of Hawaii. Being dry means also good weather, and so the majority of tourists converge on the leeward side of Hawaii. Kailua has many ingredients to compete with Lahaina for the title of the best small town on Hawaiian Islands. It even has a royal Hawaiian palace and a reconstructed Ahu`ena Heiau. And yet Kailua fails to emit the charm and beauty comparable to Lahaina on Maui.

Parking is a nightmare, especially prices for parking surely scare off many visitors from staying in town, and so Kailua makes impression of being partly abandoned. In Feb 2008 we found many restaurants shut down and buildings abandoned. This includes even such large restaurant like the Hooters. Not that we miss Hooters in such a place, but its a sign of erosion in Kailua as we see it.

Proximity to Mauna Hualalai, so much less known than Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea and now considered "dangerous" by the US Geological Society, exposes Kailua to tremors. One of the recent tremors has severely damaged the Hulihe`e Palace in Kailua. Our images show the extend of the damage. All artifacts were already removed and the building will be retrofitted to withstand tremors.

C4882 Waterfront of Kailua
C4882 Waterfront of Kailua
C4883 Royal Kona Resort
C4883 Royal Kona Resort
C4908 Ali`i Drive in Kailua
C4908 Ali`i Drive in Kailua
C4909 Kona Inn
C4909 Kona Inn
C4819 Ali`i Drive
C4819 Ali`i Drive
C4854 Torchy's, shut down Jan. 2008
C4854 Torchy's, shut down Jan. 2008
C4858 Torchy's as it once was
C4858 Torchy's as it once was
C4861 Torchy's
C4861 Torchy's
C4887 Moku`aikaua Church
C4887 Moku`aikaua Church
C4890  Moku`aikaua Church
C4890 Moku`aikaua Church
C4911 Moku`aikaua Church
C4911 Moku`aikaua Church
C4892 Moku`aikaua Church
C4892 Moku`aikaua Church
C4893  Moku`aikaua Church
C4893 Moku`aikaua Church
C4894  Moku`aikaua Church
C4894 Moku`aikaua Church
C4895  Moku`aikaua Church
C4895 Moku`aikaua Church
C4902  Brigg Thaddeus
C4902 Brigg Thaddeus
C4898  Micronesian Stick Chart
C4898 Micronesian Stick Chart
C4913  Micronesian Stick Chart
C4913 Micronesian Stick Chart
C4904  Cemetary at Moku`aikaua Church
C4904 Cemetary at Moku`aikaua Church
C4849 Hulihe`e Palace
C4849 Hulihe`e Palace
C4907  Entrance to Hulihe`e Palace
C4907 Entrance to Hulihe`e Palace
C4823 Coat-of-Arms of Kingdom of Hawaii
C4823 Coat-of-Arms of Kingdom of Hawaii
C4831 Entrance to Hulihe`e Palace
C4831 Entrance to Hulihe`e Palace
P766 Damaged room in Hulihe`e
P766 Damaged room in Hulihe`e
P767 Damaged room in Hulihe`e
P767 Damaged room in Hulihe`e
C4842 Garden side of Hulihe`e Palace
C4842 Garden side of Hulihe`e Palace
C4838 Severe damage on Hulihe`e Palace
C4838 Severe damage on Hulihe`e Palace
C4841 Kuakini, builder of Hulihe`e Palace
C4841 Kuakini, builder of Hulihe`e Palace
C4846 Volunteers who just removed rest of artifacts
C4846 Volunteers who just removed rest of artifacts
C4848 Banyans at the  Hulihe`e Palace
C4848 Banyans at the Hulihe`e Palace
P750 Beach at the Kamakahonu Bay
P750 Beach at the Kamakahonu Bay
C4789 Ahu`ena Heiau, 2/3 original size reconstruction
C4789 Ahu`ena Heiau, 2/3 original size reconstruction
P746 Kamakahonu Bay
P746 Kamakahonu Bay
C4786 Not much surf, but the backdrop makes it worth it!
C4786 Not much surf, but the backdrop makes it worth it!
C4802 Ahu`ena Heiau
C4802 Ahu`ena Heiau
C4796 Ahu`ena Heiau
C4796 Ahu`ena Heiau
C4875 Ki`i Akua  (Statues of Gods)
C4875 Ki`i Akua (Statues of Gods)
P756 Ki`i Akua (Statues of Gods)
P756 Ki`i Akua (Statues of Gods)
C4873 Ki'i at Ahu`ena
C4873 Ki'i at Ahu`ena
C4806 Destroyed by winds
C4806 Destroyed by winds
C4808 Time of the Cruise Ships
C4808 Time of the Cruise Ships
P754 Hale Pohaku
P754 Hale Pohaku
C4814 Sea Wall along Ali`i Drive
C4814 Sea Wall along Ali`i Drive
C4692 Downtown Kona
C4692 Downtown Kona
c0916 Entrance to Kona Inn
c0916 Entrance to Kona Inn
C4696 Kona Inn, a popular gathering place
C4696 Kona Inn, a popular gathering place
C4700 Sunset at Kona Inn Terrace
C4700 Sunset at Kona Inn Terrace
C4717 Sail away into the Sunset
C4717 Sail away into the Sunset
C4732 Artist working in the passage
C4732 Artist working in the passage
C1034 Live Music
C1034 Live Music
C4738 Kona by Night
C4738 Kona by Night
C4740 Kona by Night
C4740 Kona by Night
C4741 Torchy's, a Kona original
C4741 Torchy's, a Kona original
C4768 Kona by Night
C4768 Kona by Night