Monday, September 26, 2011

Out & About in Kona...

This is one of my ultimate, most favorite posts to write each October. It's a mini collection of my favorite spots out and about in Kona for those visiting the island for Ironman. In no particular order...


Freshest poke: Da Poke Shack

More fish, boating marina style: Bite Me

Fish with a zip and twist: Ceviche Dave's

Unbelievably good Thai: Krua

Freshest garden style Asian goodness: Lemongrass

Fresh fruits n' Veggies: Farmers markets are sprinkled throughout the island. Some are just off the side of the road, some are just a tree that has a sign saying, "pick and pay" trusting you to leave a few bucks. It's always COOL to buy local, so hit up any of these markets. My favorites are Waimea on Saturday, Kona Market in town Wed-Sunday on Ali'i Drive, and Kawaihae Market open everyday of the week.

Body Health & Fitness:

Massage & ice baths, you can EASILY book online too: Coconut Girls
Acupuncture: Denice Murphy

Chiro/ART: Makai Chiro

Favorite chill out and chat spots:

Acai smoothies & bowls: Basik

Frozen Yogurt: Tropical Frozen (right in town and super friendly!!)

Sporting Goods & Activities:

Bike Shop/Tri shop: Bike Works
Run Shop & Local Run Club if you want run company: Big Island Running

SUP Rentals, lessons, and sales: HYPR Nalu Hawaii

I KNOW all you girls coming to the islands are going to buy a new bikini. PLEASE BUY LOCAL. Seriously consider buying a bikini hand made on the island by local girls, buy here what you don't buy back home. OKAY, I know, on the island we do it island style, "less is more", try it for your Hawaiian vacation, you might like it...


  • Locally made clothing and bikini's from Kona girl Kelsey (the girl in the bottom photo wearing her own hand made suit): Kailani Surf Co.

  • Braylene from the swim team, $18 dollar bikini's that each piece can be worn as a bottom or a top in 3 different ways!! Buy online at: shipsinthenight we tested these little suits (top photo) in the surf and ocean swim workouts, they really will stay on!

Get out of town:

Waimea to the North if you are in search of good ol' country style and cool weather. Horse back riding, ATV's, good run trails, cute restaurants and shops can all be discovered here. Kainaliu to the South is very small but so cute! Unique gift shops, some little eateries, coffee spots, and the great Aloha Theater are found here. Or you can drive all the way to Hilo, on the other side of the island... Rides:

Waimea loop or Kohala loop are both good ways to ride the Queen K on the way North then take a different trek back towards town. You can easily get over a 100 miles on both loops and expect some good climbs and nice winds.


South Loop takes you South out of Kona, through Kainaliu town, then down Napapoo. Here you can check out Captain Cooks landing, the bay, Painted Church, coffee shops all over, plumeria gardens, fallen mangos, and climb out of there with sweating your brains out and busting your quads!

.Kaloko climb is just a hill. Roughly 6.5 miles up, just up. AND very fast on the way down.


Kailua Pier, everyday there is a group going out. You can swim the 2,000 loop to King's Swim buoy or the full 2.4 miles to the Ironman Buoy.

Magic's-Bring a crew for this. It's a little frisky and has been our most shark populated swim this season. BUT the views are incredible, its a way more quiet swim as most don't swim this on. Head South to Kahalu'u. It's a good 2 mile round trip swim.

Captain Cook Swim: Round trip it's the Ironman distance BUT way deeper, darker, dolphin filled, and out of town.


Hope this helps, enjoy the island and have a GREAT race to those racing! Those here to cheer, check out this link if you need some ideas for other things to do while your athlete is doing their swimbikerun thing.... Go Hawaii. AND if you need a ride anywhere, ALOHA Taxi can help!



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Molly said...

Bookmarking this post cause I'll need all of it next week - yay!!!! Thanks Bree!

Lucy Francis said...

My favourite post too as it keeps me dreaming of getting to kona one day not just to race but to experience the island. Thanks Bree, i'll keep dreaming and working towards achieving it

Jill Costantino said...

You are such an AWESOME local! Love this! Those suits look cute too!