CONGREGATION KONA BETH SHALOM is currently in search of a new location. We are extremely grateful to the Borkan family who have allowed us use of the space at the Shops at the Mauna Lani for the last several years. Their generosity gave us a welcoming space to conduct shabbat and holiday events and parties. As we search for a more permanent site, we will make our temporary home at the Hawaii Queen Coffee Gardens on Henry Street in Kona. We have already had several events at this beautiful facility and it has worked well especially for our members living in Kona and south of there.
We conduct Shabbat Services on the fourth Saturday morning of each month, starting at 10:30 am. We will also celebrate Jewish holidays and other events at this location.
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII Hawaii Island (called “The Big Island,” “Orchid Island,” or “Volcano Island”) has the largest land area, over 4,000 square miles, which is somewhat larger than Connecticut. The main town on the Kona coast is Kailua-Kona. The city of Hilo is on the eastern coast of Hawaii Island. The word, “Hava i’i,” when spoken in Hebrew, means “Let us have an island.” Both Aloha and Shalom mean hello, goodbye, peace and love. So much about Hawaii feels Jewish. Being Jewish in Hawaii is as natural as watching Creation before your eyes as our volcano erupts, seeing fish in the ocean that look hand-painted by HaShem, and experiencing true relaxation and renewal on Shabbat in the most beautiful place on Earth. Kona Beth Shalom has been West Hawaii’s Jewish Congregation since before 1985.