|CONGREGATION KONA BETH SHALOM currently holds services and many special events at the beautiful Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden on Henry Street in Kona.
In most months our Shabbat Services are on the fourth Saturday morning, starting at 10:30 am. We will also celebrate many Jewish holidays and other events at this location.
HAWAI`I ISLAND (called “The Big Island,” “Orchid Island,” or “Volcano Island”) is the largest island in the United States and has the greatest land area in the Hawaiian archipelago: more than 4,000 square miles (10,430 square kilometers) … somewhat larger than the entire state of Connecticut. All of the other Hawaiian islands could fit inside the Big Island (with room to spare!) yet only 13% of the state’s population lives here. The main town on the Kona coast is Kailua-Kona. The city of Hilo is on the island’s eastern coast. Spoken in Hebrew, the word “hava i’i” means “Let us have an island.” Both Aloha and Shalom mean “hello,” “goodbye,” “peace” and “love.” Being Jewish in Hawaii is as natural as witnessing Creation as Kilauea volcano erupts, seeing fish in the ocean that appear to be 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.