Kailua-Kona : Hawaii

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What it's Like to Retire in Kailua-Kona

Kailua, often referrred to as Kailua-Kona to differentiate it from the city on Oahu of the same name, is located on the west coast of Hawaii, the Big Island.  It is the center of the tourist industry on this island, popular for its beaches, scuba diving, fishing, etc.  The famed Alii Drive is the big shopping district. Kona is famous for its coffee. The coastal area is flat with plenty of evidence of lava flows from the dormant volcanoes in the center of the island. As you go away from the coast you go up, up, up.  But there are many nice neighborhoods tucked here and there. Kailua-Kona is home to the Ironman World Championship. This part of Hawaii was the home of Hawaiian royalty, their castles and vacation homes were built here. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia; Kona Bay by Travis.Thurston, and oceanfront near Hulihee Palace by Calbear22.

Where to Retire in Kailua-Kona and Home Prices

Real estate is expensive, with the median home value at $491,100, according to Zillo. Property taxes are very low, less than $1000 on average. There are resorts that have condos and homes. Then there are nice neighborhoods down by the coast or up in the hills to choose from.  There are a number of little towns near here in the Kona District.


What is special about Kailua-Kona

Did we mention Kailua is in Hawaii? The weather is about perfect year round. This is the drier side of the island so there is plenty of sunshine.  Great beaches, tremendous golf courses, postcard scenery. Some of the nice golf courses include Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani and the Hualalai Golf Course.

What is not special about Kailua-Kona

It is expensive to live here on Hawaii's largest island.


Who will like retirement in Kailua-Kona

People who want to live in wonderful year round climate near the beach will like it here. If you have too many connections to the mainland, however, such as grandchildren, frequent travel off the island could be wearing.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and agriculture.

Climate and Physical Environment

The climate does not change much from month to month. The average low and the average high only differ by a few degrees by month - usually from the high 60's/low 70's to the low 80's. Kailua is on Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, since it is by far the largest of the Hawaiian Islands.  Kailua is located on the west coast.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a tourist destination there is no shortage of interesting restaurants to try. Culture is less important here than the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors, but there are things to do.


The crime rate in Kailua-Kona is about the same as the national average.


Medical facilities

Although there are medical facilities here and in Hilo, the largest city on Hawaii, the Big Island, the mainland is where you want to go for more serious medical care.


Kona International Airport serves the island, although there are also passenger boats to the other islands.

Valuable Links

Konaweb tourist and other information

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Facts about KAILUA-KONA
  • State: HI
  • Environment: Coastal,Outdoor Oriented,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $500,001+
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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