Hyundai Kona etymology: What does its name mean? How did it get it?

The Hyundai Kona is a new SUV that will debut in 2017, and will be sized and positioned below the Tucson, but where did the name come from?


According to Hyundai, the crossover name is “derived from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii”. The company chose the name because the “island’s energetic image and unique lifestyle matches the … Kona’s dynamic character”.

While the area is colloquially referred to as Kona, it is officially known as Kailua, and its post office location designation is Kailua-Kona.

Although the Island of Hawaii, known commonly as the Big Island, is the largest island of the archipelago and gives its name to the state, it isn’t the most populated. It only has 13 percent of the state’s people, and there no are cities on the island.

The island is dominated by two active volcanic mountains, Mauna Loa (4,170m / 13,680ft) and Mauna Kea (4,205m / 13,795ft). There’s also three active volcanic mountains on the island, Hualalai, Kohala, and Kilauea, and a lot of the island is given over to national parks.



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