DescriptionDriving through Kealakekua, one of a string of towns in the Kona coffee belt, you'll find the usual roadside eateries and shops, Kona coffee establishments, high-priced gas stations, recreational outfitters and businesses catering to locals.
Kealakekua takes its name from the “Path of the Gods,” two ceremonial heiau (temples) that stand along the coast by Kealakekua Bay. Note: Heiau are culturally significant and should be treated with respect.
The town also is the subject of the famous song “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawai‘i,” which accomplishes the amazing feat of incorporating humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a (the Hawai‘i state fish) in the lyrics.
The Central Kona Union Church, in town on SR 11, was built of lava rock mortared with lime created by burning coral.
One mile north of Kealakekua in the town of Kainaliu, stop at the Donkey Balls Factory & Store, 79-7411 Māmalahoa Hwy. (SR 11), and appease your sweet tooth with some outrageously delicious macadamia nuts covered in gourmet chocolate. At the back of the store you can watch the treats, which are available in several different flavors, being made by hand. If you miss the shop, there's a nearby outlet in downtown Kailua-Kona as well.
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