Kailua-Kona, within the Kona District, offers nearly 60 miles of coastline along the pristine west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Covering the shoreline to the upper slopes of Hualalai Mountain, this unique area is where Hawaiian Royalty, or Ali’i, spent their summers and where Captain James Cook spent his final days. The Kona area is rich in history from farming to tourism to luxury living and the town of Kailua-Kona is considered the hub of all activity on the Big Island.
Kailua means “two seas” or “two currents” and Kona means “leeward side” thus Kailua-Kona is named for its two main bays running along the coastline.
Home to approximately 12,000 residents, Kailua-Kona provides multiple climate zones and areas of interest. Along this expansive area, you will find everything from world-class beaches, downtown urban attractions, coffee farms and historic Hawaiian landmarks.
In a few short minutes, you can go from the downtown area at sea level and oceanside neighborhoods along the coast to the up-country or mountainous farm and ranch land areas located as high as 5,000 feet in elevation and everything in between.
Kailua-Kona’s residential communities are just as diverse as its topography. Luxury awaits in the residences at Kukio and the Four Seasons Hualalai which offer breathtaking ocean views and access to world-class golf and fine dining. If you prefer something more quaint, the historic town of Holualoa runs through the heart of Kailua-Kona and is famous for its lush tropical climate, elevation, farming and coffee production dating back to the early 1800s.
One interesting point to note about the economy in Kailua-Kona is its high number of telecommuters; nearly 8.5% of the workforce works from home, compared to the national average of 2.5%. The majority of Kailua-Kona-based telecommuters work in knowledge-based, white collar professions with Silicon Valley employing the majority of telecommuters. Other at-home workers include the self-employed who operate small businesses out of their home.
Get in touch with Harold Clarke, Big Island real estate expert to learn more about the exciting and divers Kailua-Kona area today. With years of experience and a deep knowledge of all things Big Island properties and homes, he will happily answer any questions you have and provide you with as much information as possible to make an informed decision.
Kailua-Kona is a medium-sized coastal town with six constituent neighborhoods and is the sixth largest community in the state of Hawaii.
Housing costs in Kailua-Kona are among the highest in the nation and, in some communities, compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in the state of Hawaii.
Nearly 25% of homes in Kailua-Kona were built after 2000 and another 68% were built between 1970 and 1999. With nearly 95% of homes being built in the last 40 years, Kailua-Kona’s real estate offerings include state-of-the-art homes as well as opportunities for renovation and development.
Kailua-Kona has rebounded handsomely as its housing prices approach pre-2006 market levels. As of December 2015, the median home value in Kailua-Kona was $563,529, an increase of 8.6% over the previous year. Nearly 9% of homes in Kailua-Kona are valued at more than $1,245,000 and the largest home value segment with 25% of total homes ranges from $622,001 to $934,000. Kailua-Kona also retains an impressive home value appreciation rate when compared to both the nation and the rest of Hawaii, reaching an average annual rate of nearly 15.45% in 2015.
If you’d like to learn more about Kailua-Kona or any of its resort communities including Kukio and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, please do not hesitate to connect with local luxury real estate agent specialist, Harold Clarke. Please also feel free to use the MLS Search function of this website to browse the properties that are currently active in the market. Should you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour of the area, Harold is always just a phone call away. Connect today to get started!
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Low 65º – High 89º
Avg. Monthly Rainfall
Jan – Apr (1 – 3 inches)
May – Sep (0.5 – 1 inches)
Oct – Dec (2 – 4 inches)
Kukio – Tom Fazio 18-Hole; Tom Fazio 10-Hole
Jack Nicklaus par-72 18-Hole Hualalai Course
Weiskopf Ke’olu Hualalai Course
Rees Jones Kohanaiki par-72
David McLay Kidd Nanea Golf Club
Four Seasons Beach
Restaurant / Dining
‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge
Canoe Club and Beach House
Sam Choy’ Kai Lanai
Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill
Kona Brewing Company Pub & Brewery
Island Lava Java
From Mauka (mountain) to Makai (seaside), Kailua-Kona property views include:
Ocean and Land Fitness Training