Surfing has its roots on the Big Island. There is a Hawaiian Heiau (temple), Ku’emanu, at Kahalu’u Bay Beach Park in Kailua Kona which was dedicated to surfing, and the first documentation of surfing came when Captain James Cook visited the Kona coast. Surfing was much more than a sport or a pastime to the Hawaiians, it was integrated into their society through ritual and law and practiced by royalty. No matter your experience as a surfer, there is something extra special about sitting in the surf on the Big Island and tapping into the history and culture that created the sport.
Whether you are a first timer looking for a lesson, a beginner who needs a rental and some tips on where they can surf without getting hassled, or an experienced surfer who needs current information on swell size and direction in order to make educated decisions on where to surf, drop in to Kona Boys for all of your surf needs.
Kona Boys offers group and private lessons as well as custom packages for multiple day lessons or surf adventures. Kona Boys is proud to work with our friends, Bear of “Surfer Bear Hawaii”, and Ossian of FBI Surf School, to provide our customers with the best surf lesson experience available on the island.
As with all water sports, safety comes first so all lessons begin with an onshore orientation covering equipment, ocean awareness, etiquette, and fundamentals. Once in the water we’ll take time practicing basic skills such as paddling, turning, and sitting on the board to assure that you have a level of control before we hit the surf.
Kona Boys has one of the largest selections on the island and stock boards that appeal to all levels of surfer. Kona Boys supports local shapers and are proud to carry surfboards from Jeff Bushman, Kent Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, Gary Young, Ted Kearns, Carl Schaper, Jimmy Lewis, and more….We also work with Surftech, Firewire, and NSP to carry a variety of epoxy boards.
Kona Boys is about getting people in the water and helping them to have the best experience possible. To that end we carry boards for all levels of surfer and have a staff full of watermen and women that can help steer you toward the right board and spot that is suited to your expertise.
Drop in the shop to check out the boards, if you don’t see something that’s right for you, we work with several local shapers to provide custom boards, made in Hawaii.
The Big Island is just that, big and diverse.
There are all kinds of surf breaks, some right along major roads with easy and obvious access and mellow approachable waves, and others that are down nearly impossible 4×4 roads with difficult ins and outs and treacherous waves.
To help you find some of the better known spots around the island, we have provided some information bellow. If your surfing is up to it and you have a sense of adventure, there are plenty of hidden gems tucked along the coastlines of the Big Island. These spots will help you to get your bearings and find some fun surf. We also encourage you to explore our coastlines and find your own secret spot.
When it comes to surfing etiquette, there are several rules that are important to learn and respect no matter where you surf. These rules are heavily enforced in Hawaii and exist to keep the lineups organized and safe.
You may have already visited Kahalu’u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona’s premier beach parks. Originally the spot of several Originally the spot of several heiaus (temples) and sacred fish ponds, Kahalu’u has the Big Island’s only surf heiau — that’s right, a temple where ancient Hawaiian cheifs used pray for good surf. Kahalu’u is also unique because of its barrier rock wall that was built, as the story goes, by the ancient Hawaiians known as the menehune
Officially called Manini’owali Beach, most locals and books still refer to this gorgeous beach as Kua Bay. This is one of our most highly recommended beaches north of Kona. Part of Kekaha Kai (lit. ‘the shore line’) State Park, it is a perfect beach for sunset watching, boogie-boarding, hiking, and just having a relaxed time with your family. If you’re looking for a hike, 4.5 miles of Ala Kahakai (“shore line path”) passes through Manini’owali on its way south. Ala Kahakai is a 175-mile National Historic Trail full of cultural and historical significance. The trail ultimately passes through hundreds of historic Hawaiian settlements and over 200 ahupua’a (historic land divisions).
La’aloa means ‘very sacred’ in Hawaiian. Often called White Sands, Magic Sands, or Disappearing Sands, this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach’s sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break.
The Surfer’s Code
- Respect the beach, ocean and others
- The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way
- First to his or her feet has priority
- Stay out of the way of riders on waves
- If in doubt, don’t paddle out
- Be aware of currents, jetties and other surfers
- Hold on to your board
- Clean up after yourself and others less thoughtful
- Always aid another surfer in trouble
- Share the water, your knowledge and your stoke
- Give Respect To Gain Respect
Information for this post taken from www.konaboys.com website. Kona Boys is located at 79-7539 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kealakekua, HI 96750
In fact, more than a quarter of the marine life in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else on earth!
Fair Wind Cruises offers a great snorkeling experience for the novice or experienced enthusiasts.
Located in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Fair Wind Cruises has been offering snorkel excursions since 1971. We offer two vessels with two very unique snorkel experiences.
Our snorkel destination on Fair Wind II, historic Kealakekua Bay, is without question one of the most relaxing areas for snorkeling – maintaining clear visibility and very calm waters throughout the day. Kealakekua Bay was designated a marine life sanctuary in 1971. Since that time, Fair Wind continues to work with the state as stewards of the area to help educate guests on protecting this marine environment. As a result, you will see a variety of living corals and fascinating fish species. In addition, this area is rich in Hawaiian history and includes the site of the historic Captain Cook Monument. The land the monument sits on actually belongs to England and is the only place you can view British soil while visiting Hawaii!
Our newest vessel, Hula Kai, has been designed and built to accommodate guests who seek the very best in luxury, comfort, and technology. Our Hula Kai cruise offers the advanced snorkeler a way to explore some of Kona’s most unique and less traveled snorkel destinations along the spectacular Kona Coast shoreline.
We have taken great consideration in making our cruises available to all skill levels and ages! Our destinations, highly trained crew, and years of experience offer a safe and memorable cruise. We have floatation devices, view boxes, and snorkel instruction available for those needing additional assistance. Plus, our vessels were specifically designed with two custom staircases to make entry and exit of the water safe and easy.
For more information online or to reserve a cruise, please visit our website at www.fair-wind.com. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our island with you!
ALOHA! Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii and WAIMEA GENERAL STORE. We are located at PARKER SQUARE in the upland ranching town of Waimea, or Kamuela as far as the U.S. Post Office. Founded in 1970 and family run, Waimea General Store is one of Hawaii’s truly unique island stores. We offer a great selection of both local and imported gifts, a specialty kitchen section, Hawaiiana, Hawaiian children’s books, soaps and lotions, Hawaiian taste treats, gift cards, postcards and much, much more! Browse our old style, wooded floors, and find an array of fun cards, gifts, elegant paper goods, candles, cotton kimonos, local jams, chocolates, and more!
” When you shop at Waimea General Store, it is our hope that you find the perfect purchase”, says store buyer Lisa Morriss. “Whether it be only a card that states the perfect message, or a necessary item for a trip home, shopping at Waimea General Store should always be one of discovery! We select items that function well, are creative and inspire a customer. The store’s items are personally selected, always with an eye toward enjoyment and usefulness for both island residents and visitors alike”
If you can make it to the Big Island of Hawaii, the town of Waimea should definitely be on your THINGS TO DO LIST. We have some excellent restaurants, beautiful scenery, cool weather, and some terrific shopping. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweat shirt, especially in the evening! Our elevation is approximately 2500 feet and it can be quite chilly and refreshing. And be sure to visit WAIMEA GENERAL STORE and the other fine shops located at PARKER SQUARE. We are less than a half hour drive from the famous Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani Resort, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and the Waikoloa Resorts. And about 1 hour from both Hilo and Kona. Our address is 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd.(Hwy19) and we are right across the street from Hawaiian Style Cafe and the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Lower School . Call our physical store phone number 808-885-4479 if you need directions.
We would like to offer you, online, a few of our best selling products and gifts, items we think you will enjoy for yourselves or as gifts for your friends. As you can see from our “Peek Inside The Store” page, we simply have too many items to offer them all to you. We will be adding different products often so please visit us again to see what is new! Should you have any suggestions, questions or special requests, send us an e-mail at sales@WaimeaGeneralStore.com or call us direct at 808-987-1565.
Information for this post taken from www.waimeageneralstore.com