It’s no April Fool’s joke: the former Kona Seaside Hotel has undergone an impressive makeover and will reopen on 4/1/2023 at Pacific 19 Kona!

Nine Brains Big Island LLC bought the lease for this long-standing Kailua-Kona destination back in 2020 and has been hard at work revamping and remodeling the 122-room hotel into a boutique hotel with all the fixing. Rechristened as Pacific 19 Kona, this outstanding venue is expected to re-open later this spring to delight its guests with an all-new experience.

Located on the corner of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway and occupying one of the two buildings onsite (the 30-room Kona Seaside Hotel, another excellent choice, is still in operation), Pacific 19 Kona will offer a unique experience to guests, combining brand-new design with integration into the local atmosphere and ‘aina, giving you the opportunity to explore all that the Big Island has to offer. Taking its inspiration for the new name from the site sitting upon the 19th parallel, Pacific 19 Kona will feature an open-air lobby, a revamped pool and fire pits, a retail shop and cafe, private lanais, and a micro bar.

Ready to experience Kona life? Visit and book your stay today!

And when you fall under the island’s spell, be sure to give Karen Bail a call to make the Big Island your new permanent residence—there’s simply nobody better at delivering the goods and making your dreams of living here in paradise a reality.


Aloha, and happy travels!