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“Charming Hawaiian Town”
Review of Holualoa Village

Holualoa Village
Ranked #39 of 138 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: Many artists are galleries are found here
Reviewed 19 March 2014

I love old Hawaii, all the charm and history and architecture of the old towns that have maintained their charm and not overrun with huge commercial development. So much of the islands are lost with large development. Take the reviews as you will, yes sometimes things are closed and some buildings may need some repairs and not sure what funding they have to restore and maintain some of these old towns. It would be nice if some tax revenue went back to old towns to help keep them around. However, there are charming shops and the Ukulele Gallery. I have visited many little old towns on the islands and honestly at times when things are closed it's the best to take photos and see history without crowds. All depends on your perspective and what is of interest but I would recommend seeing the village.

3  Thank Heather A
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We've always enjoyed small artsy commuity whenever visiting the Big Island. This time many shops and restaurants were closed, or appeared run-down. It was not worth our time to drive there from Kona and will not go back

4  Thank Mayflower60
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

In this sleepy little town, there's a very fine ukelele gallery with gorgeous handmade ukes made by local crafts people and the owner, Sam Rosen. My 12 year old daughter plays the uke and Sam let her play any instrument in the shop that she wanted. He was generous with his time and treated us like old friends. It was a pleasure to visit his shop. Then he took us downstairs to the workshop and we spend some time down there with Sam and another person who was taking his uke workshop--a 10 day experience in which you make your own uke. The craftsmanship with which the instruments are made is incredible. My husband and I shopped around the art galleries in town, while our daughter spent another hour hanging out with Sam in the store and the workshop. He put her to work tuning a new instrument he just finished. If you are into guitars or ukes, and also want to see some local galleries outside of the tourist areas, this is worth a trip to Holualoa.

4  Thank desingerinDC
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

On the south end of this cute village stands the old post office, holding the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery. Inside are ukuleles built by island instrument makers. The owner Sam knows all about ukuleles and will let you play them all, if you like. He also offers classes on how to make them yourself. (I think it was 10 weeks). He has all sizes of ukuleles, and they do cost quite a bit more than the toy things you see at markets. But they're so great and they sound so beautiful. Plus, you can support a local artist--and what's better than that?

2  Thank JaneJHirt
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Had a great time wandering through town sampling 30+ coffees during the coffee fest. Fell in love with one and had to bring some home with me. Very pricey, but it's just for those lazy weekend mornings. The "town" is a smattering of galleries and a couple of B&B's. We parked at the school lot and had to walk a bit, but that's not a complaint. Didn't have time to do much gallery hopping, but really enjoyed the views and the people from the different plantations. Highly recommended if there in early November.

2  Thank Tim A
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