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Kona is the name of a moku or district on the island of Hawaii in the State of Hawaii.
In the current system of administration of Hawaii County, the moku of Kona is divided into
North Kona District (Kona Akau) and South Kona District (Kona Hema).
The term "Kona" is also used to refer to its largest town, Kailua-Kona.
Other towns in Kona include Kealakekua.
In the Hawaiian language, kona means leeward or dry side of the island, as opposed to koolau
which means windward or the wet side of the island.
In Hawaii, the Pacific anticyclone provides moist prevailing northeasterly winds to the Hawaiian islands,
resulting in rain when the winds contact the windward landmass of the islands -
the winds subsequently lose their moisture and travel on to the leeward (or kona) side of the island.
Kona has cognates with the same meaning in other Polynesian languages.
In Tongan, the equivalent cognate would be tonga; for windward, the associated cognate would be tokelau.
Prior to the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778, Kona was the name of the leeward district on each major island.
The volcanic slopes of Mount Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the Kona district provide an ideal microclimate
for growing coffee.
Kona coffee is considered one of the premium specialty coffees of the world.
Kona is perhaps best known as the home of the world-famous Ironman Triathlon World Championship
held each year in October in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i and is broadcasted worldwide.
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