I have booked for 7 nights at keauhou surf and racquet club in an ocean front town home this coming winter. It would cost me my deposit to cancel plus the alternate area I'm looking at is Mauna Lani in a fairways condo and they are about $40-$50 more per night. When I originally searched it looked like a popular and safe place to stay. After reading through TA it seems Kailua-Kona gets a bit of a bad rap. My biggest concern is safety. I will be travelling with my family and we have young kids. We plan on being active and hope to do a couple of beach days. We will be staying in Volcano for 2 nights to explore the east side as well. So staying the bulk of our time on the west side and driving up and down the coast to explore. Thanks.