Ex­plore a His­toric Road­way Us­ing Mod­ern Tech­nol­ogy

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The Kona Coast, one of the state’s two Hawai‘i Scenic By­ways, is home to Ali‘i Drive and roughly seven miles of road­way rich with seven cen­turies of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal, his­toric and cul­tural tra­di­tions, along with more than two dozen im­pres­sive points of in­ter­est.

To make sure folks don’t miss any of th­ese must-see sites, Kailua Vil­lage Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict re­cently launched the Kona Royal Foot­steps App for smart­phones.

Vis­i­tors who down­load the free app will have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about sites found along the by­way—think an­cient heiau (tem­ples), Hulihe‘e Palace, the Holu­aloa Royal Cen­ter and the beach where King Kame­hameha I per­fected his surf­ing skills—as well as pho­tos and data on ocean recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties, shore­line ac­cess, area ac­com­mo­da­tions and more.

Im­mense care was taken to use and re­vi­tal­ize Hawai­ian place names at pop­u­lar surf spots. Points of in­ter­est are mapped with easy-to-use Google Maps.

Search “Kona Royal Guide” or “Kona Royal Foot­steps” to down­load the app, or visit www.his­torick­ailu­avil­lage.com for more.

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