Home Sweet Home
Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island is the site of Kona Brewing Company’s brewery and first restaurant.
The brewpub opened in November 1998. Prominently featured ohia wood found throughout the pub came from South Kona. An enormous mahogany log that washed ashore in Kailua Bay was used to adorn the masterpiece koa bar. The rusty corrugated tin that provides a shade roof over part of the outdoor lanai came from an old Holualoa okolehao (liquor distilled from ti root) distillery. These are just a few of the local materials used to create this showcase restaurant.
The 2,000-square-foot outdoor lanai, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and tiki torches, offers seating for 175 patrons. Customers also can enjoy a cool meal or beverage inside the air-conditioned bar area at one of several surrounding tables or at the koa U-shaped bar itself. Inside the bar area is the retail store, stocked with colorful T-shirts, hats, towels, coasters, mugs and much more.