Island Air is excited to announce 5 daily roundtrips between Honolulu and Kona starting June 14th! through April 20  Take advantage of special $69 introductory fares for travel between June 14 and September 30, 2016.

Remember that United Airlines frequent flyer members can accrue and redeem United Miles when flying Island Air. To celebrate our convenient and affordable new service to the Big Island, here are five great reasons to fly to Kona:

1. Kailua-Kona

Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 2.17.56 PMJust 15 minutes south of Kona International Airport you’ll find Kailua-Kona, a charming historic town along the Kona Coast. The former fishing village and retreat for Hawaiian royalty is now a quaint spot to spend an afternoon checking out the restaurants, shops and historic landmarks lining Aliʻi Drive. Mokuaikaua Church, built by missionaries in 1820, is Hawaiʻi’s oldest Christian church. Nearby the Ahuʻena Heiau, whereKing Kamehameha, Hawai‘i’s last reigning King, who united all the islands under his rule, lived the last years of his life.. The nearby Courtyard Marriott provides great affordable beachfront accommodations.

2. Kona Coffee Farm Tours


Pure coffee beans grown in the rich volcanic soil of north and south Kona is world renowned for its pure, rich flavor. There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, and no shortage of great tasting tours. The free tour of the plantation and roasting room at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee consistently receives rave reviews from visitors, and also won first place in the 2015 All Hawaii Coffee Association Competition. Another great option is the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival held every November in Kailua-Kona.

3. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a must-see while you’re on the Big Island. From two campgrounds to two of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kīlauea and Mauna Loa) to 150 miles of hiking trails, there’s plenty of family friendly activities at this park. 2016 is a great time to visit, as the park celebrates its 100th birthday!

4. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park


The Pu’uhonua is considered a sacred site, steeped in rich cultural history. Pu’uhonua means “place of refuge,” and in old Hawaii, those who had broken a kapu (law) either faced death or sought refuge at a pu’uhonua. Today, visitors can take in the spirit of forgiveness and peace at this national park. The Royal Grounds here were used by chiefs for residential and ceremonial purposes, so there’s plenty of history to take in at this sacred place. The intricate carved stone figures, pictured above, mark burial sites. Because there is so much history worth preserving at this landmark site, the park asks that visitors tread lightly and refrain from typical beach activities here.

5. ‘Akaka Falls State Park

8427714351_3a1635a60d_oFeaturing one waterfall that spans 442 feet and another that reaches 100 feet,  ‘Akaka Falls State Park is a great day trip with stunning scenery on the northeastern side of the island near Honomū. This is a great family friendly spot, as the hike to see both falls is just 0.4 miles through a spectacular rainforest trail.

Photos via Flickr users:

  1. Peter LiuKeiko AdachiCucombreLibreFrank McNamaraChristine ChauvinKeira Morgan