North Kona, HI

With big annual rental revenue potential, the North Kona area on Hawaii’s Big Island offers a range of vacation rental opportunities for everyone from families to investment buyers.


Located on the west side of Hawaii's largest island, the district of Kona consists largely of the Waiaha Springs Forest Reserve and Honua'ula Forest Reserve. Home to the annual Ironman World Championship, Kona is becoming an increasingly sought-after destination for vacation rental guests, who travel from around the globe to experience the best of the Big Island’s sun, surf, and serenity.

Insider tip

Buyers wanting to appeal to families looking for more shopping, beach activities, golf, cycling, and restaurants would be wise to consider Waikoloa Beach Resort and Mauna Lani Resort. For a lower-priced option in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, look at Waikoloa Colony Villas, which start at around $425,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo that rents for approximately 65 percent occupancy and an Average Daily Rate (ADR) of $175. Alternately, the ocean view Kolea condos have significantly higher average rates, from $275 to $450, but prices start upwards of $800,000 and range into the millions. For luxury properties, consider a unit in Mauna Lani’s Fairmont Orchid Hotel or Mauna Lani Hotel. This spectacular vacation rental region is over 100 miles away from that volcano you’ve read about in the news.

Learn more and compare North Kona with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

Market size

3,500+ rental units

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