Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast – Hawaii Island
Archeological IQ
To the unsuspecting motorist, travel along Alii Drive is a very pleasant seven mile coastal drive filled with scenic vistas, natural features and recreational opportunities. But look a little closer and discover that these seven miles of roadway hold seven centuries of Hawaiian history and culture that are revealed in archaeological sites that have survived over hundreds of years.

Historic sites once covered much of the Kona Coast and these treasured places promote understanding of Hawaii’s heritage. The seven miles of Alii Drive, along the shoreline connecting Historic Kailua Village to Keauhou, generally follows the ancient route of the ala loa foot trail that evolved over time as a road. Four of the seven ancient Royal Centers in use in Kona are located on what is now called Alii Drive.

There are dozens of Points of Interest and Scenic Stops along the route. Discover Hawaii’s history on the Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast Hawaii Scenic Byway.

Download Alii Drive Schematic Map (pdf)

One could fill a lot of time with all there is to do along the Royal Footsteps Scenic Byway, but there are some noteworthy sidetrips one could take as well. Visit these sites for more information:

Byway Sponsor Group:
Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID)