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Rainy Day in Kailua-Kona? 6 Things to Do on a Wet Big Island Vacation

What to do if you’re rained out on your next Big Island vacation?

In many cases, you can simply head to another side of the island to find the sun. But what if it’s a quick shower or what if the whole island is covered in rain? You certainly don’t want to sit inside all day.

Don’t worry…

There are plenty of things to do on the Big Island besides visiting volcanoes, trekking mountains, and swimming in the ocean.

Here are 6 of Kailua-Kona’s top vacation activities you can enjoy when you get rained out:

1. Hulihe’e Palace

This historic palace was built in 1838 and was home to the second governor of Hawaii.

Since then, it has served as a retreat for royal families and is currently maintained by the Daughters of Hawaii. Admission is inexpensive, at around $8 per person, and the tour is only a couple bucks extra.

The palace is located next to Kona Bay and is a perfect way to learn some Hawaiian history while you’re in Kailua-Kona.

2. The H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

Not too far from the Hulihe’e Palace, you’ll find the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, which was built in 1870 to supply goods to the Euro-American immigrant community. The owner, H.N. Greenwell, was pivotal in establishing the ranching industry that dominated Kona in the late 1800s.

This store has been fully restored to its former state and offers an excellent glimpse into Hawaiian life as it existed over a century ago.

3. Kona Brewing Company

When you’ve had your fill of history, it may be time to fill up with something else.

The Kona Brewing Company is a great way to see how the Hawaiians brew their beers. And, while you’re touring the facility, you might as well catch a buzz before heading back out into the rain.

The tour only costs $5 and includes a free gift, plus 4 samples of Hawaii’s finest craft beers.

4. Kona Wine Market

Kona Wine Market is one of the best wine stores on the island, with a huge selection of wines and beverages from around the world. You’ll find every type of wine imaginable from wineries around the world. Local Hawaiian wines are a favorite, of course, and make a perfect souvenir for a friend, a family member, or yourself.

Check the website’s calendar for wine tastings, which often take place on Fridays and sometimes Saturdays.

5. Kona Bay Books

When it rains, what better to do than curl up in a chair with a good book?

Since you’re on vacation in Hawaii, though, you probably don’t want to spend time at your hotel reading…but rain can be a perfect excuse for book lovers to crack open a book or two.

If you’re in town, Kona Bay Books is a great place to step in to avoid the showers. With aisles upon aisles of used books covering every genre, you will have plenty of reasons to stay inside until the rain blows away.

6. The Kailua Candy Company

Whether you’ve got kids or whether you’ve got a sweet tooth of your own, the Kailua Candy Company is another great place to stop in when it rains. Their candy kitchen is walking distance from the Kailua Pier and is open Monday through Saturday.

Drop by to learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate and to grab some candy for the road, from cookies and gift baskets to cakes and assortment boxes.


Even when it rains, there are plenty of things to do on the Big Island’s Kailua-Kona. So if you see storm clouds outside your window, grab your umbrella and get ready to enjoy some of this town’s history, food, and drink.

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