The 11th HEAD meeting will be held on Kailua-Kona coast of Hawaii’s Big Island from March 1st to March 4th, 2010. There will be a reception on the evening of Sunday, February 28th at 6 PM on the Ocean View Terrace and make sure to join us at the Luau also taking place at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort on Wednesday, March 3rd!
Famous for the active Kilauea volcano, Hawaii’s Big Island is home to a list of fascinating anomalies. Eleven different climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to arid deserts, black sand beaches to snow-capped mountaintops.
The sunny Kona coastline stretches from Kailua-Kona to beyond Kealakekua Bay and can take more than 45 minutes to drive through. Within this expansive area you’ll find everything from Kona Coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks.
In fact, the Kona coast was once the home of Hawaiian royalty. King Kamehameha himself spent his later years in Kailua-Kona. Significant historic places like Puuhonua o Honaunau, Hulihee Palace, and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park let you explore Hawaii’s past first-hand.
South Kona’s calm and clear waters are also perfect for snorkeling, diving, and spotting dolphins and honu (green sea turtles). For the more adventurous, take a boat tour and swim with manta rays or go deep-sea fishing for giant Pacific Blue Marlin. On land, the cooler uplands are home to hundreds of coffee plantations where you can sample Kona’s unique, aromatic bean. On the versatile Kona coast, the adventures are as big as the island itself.
For a great day trip, consider a visit to Volcano National Park to walk over lava floes next to the ocean. Viewing the red hot lava flow at dusk and into the evening is worth the trip!