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Kailua - Kona

The history of the seaside village known as Kailua-Kona, Kailua Town or simply Kona looms much larger than its size would indicate. A place of authority and aloha, After the Hawaiian royal family moved the seat of government to Honolulu in the mid-1800s, the town became a sleepy fishing village for more than 100 years. In 1820, it was the landing site for the first American missionaries, who established Mokuaikaua Church as the first Christian church in Hawaii, which is still open today. Through the years the area has hosted various kings and dignitaries, including author Mark Twain who wrote fondly about Kona in his book "Roughing It."

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