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What to do on a Rainy Day in Kailua-Kona


Rain is a fact of life in Hawaii. After all, how do you think everything gets so lush and green? Fortunately, you don’t need to stayed cooped up in your hotel room if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate. Check out these things to do in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island on a rainy day.

Hulihe’e Palace

image source: author: Edal Anton Lefterov

Built in 1838, this majestic palace was home to the second governor of Hawaii. Over the years, royal families from far and wide stayed here to vacation in private. Maintained by the Daughters of Hawaii, you can stroll the grounds for just $8 per person, and the guided tour is just $2 extra. Situated next to Kona Bay, here’s your chance to learn about some Hawaiian history.

H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

Not very far away is the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, established in 1870 as a way to get goods to the Euro-American immigrant community. The owner was named H.N. Greenwell, playing a big role in the development of the island’s ranching industry that was so prevalent in Kona in the late 19th century. If you want to see what Hawaiian life looked like more than 100 years ago, this is the place to check out.

Kona Wine Market

As one of the top wine shops on the Big island, you’ll be in awe of the large selection of wines and beverages spanning the globe. No matter what you like, chances are it’s here. Be sure to sample some of the local vinos and bring home a bottle as a souvenir. This place offers regular wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Kona Brewing Company

In need of a brew to cap off your day? Hit the Kona Brewing Company for home crafted Hawaiian beer. Take a tour, try some samples, and relax while you wait for the rain to let up. If you have $5, you can take a tour and get a free gift, while sampling four craft beers sure to give you the taste of the island.

Kona Bay Books

Like to sit down and get lost in a good book when it rains? Head to Kona Bay Books in town. This place has every genre of used books you could possibly imagine, so take your time to browse the stacks and pick up some good books for when you’re lying on the beach tomorrow.

Kailua Candy Company

If you have a sweet tooth that just can’t be ignored, don’t miss the Kailua Candy Company right near the Kailua Pier. Open every day but Sunday, feel free to satisfy your sinful cravings while learning all about why chocolate is good for you. Fill up on candy for the remainder of your trip, and feast your eyes on all the gift baskets, cakes and cookies to eat too.

Rain happens. Don’t let it get you down. If you’re over in Oahu during your trip, we offer some great Pearl Harbor tours that involve a lot of museums and shelter during rain storms!