The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants to Enjoy During your Vacation

Vacations are all about relaxing. Whether that means going on a hike, lounging on the beach, golfing, surfing, or cliff-diving, it is important that you do the things that allow your mind and body to truly rest. One of the most important parts about vacation and traveling is enjoying good food: It gives you a break from cooking, and offers a glimpse into the culture of the place where you are visiting. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the best Waimea, Hawaii restaurants to enjoy during your vacation. After all, “we all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi is a local favorite, as well as an award-winning restaurant in the area. The contemporary sushi and new-wave Asian-inspired dishes are served in a fun, upbeat setting that makes it well-loved. Try Sensei’s Shrimp Dynamite – crispy tempura shrimp tossed with a garlic masago aioli, and unagi glaze drizzle, or order the “Catch of the Day” for the freshest seafood!

Under the Bodhi Tree

Under the Bodhi Tree has an almost five-star rating on TripAdvisor. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s a great option because all their food is served with locally sourced, organic ingredients when possible! Their fresh food is a great choice if you want something truly delicious and healthy after your travels. Reviewers say the Acai Smoothie Bowls are filled with exotic tropical fruits.

Hawaiian Style Café

The Hawaiian Style Café is located about a 30-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, but if you’re looking for authentic Hawaiian food “served in Hawaiian portions,” then this is the place for you. Try their World-Famous Massive Pancakes, or Loco Moco for the kids. The Kalua Pork Hash is also delicious, as is the Taro Stew. Prices are reasonable, making this a great choice for larger groups.

Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club

If you want magnificent views while you dine, then Napua is a great option. This restaurant offers Hawaiian, American, Asian, European, and Pacific Rim fare – all created with a local flare. Everything is made with local food that is harvested and prepared within 50 miles of the restaurant. Try the Fresh Catch of the day for the freshest seafood, or try the Blackened Seared Ahi, served over jasmine rice and baby bok choy, topped with crispy fried somen noodles and a soy wasabi beurre blanc.  We guarantee your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants Will Enhance Your Vacation

When you eat good food while you travel, it enhances your experience. Have you ever eaten a meal that instantly transport you back in time? This feeling is something we all should cultivate when we travel – eating food that will forge memories, and give us a glimpse into the culture we are visiting.

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King Kamehameha Day Parade June 10, 2017

Hawaiian culture is celebrated all year long and there are many opportunities to experiences our music, dance, crafts and more!

One “must see” event is the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade that starts at 9 a.m. on June 10, 2017 in Kailua Kona. It’s just an enjoyable scenic drive from Mauna Lani  Point.

The Festival is part of the Kamehameha Day celebration that was first established in 1871 as a national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Kamehameha Day was created to honor the memory of Kamehameha the Great (c. 1758-1819) who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 to became Hawai‘i’s first King.

This year’s parade theme is “Hoʻohiwahiwa No Kamehameha,” translated as “Honoring Kamehameha.” The Hawaiian tradition of pāʻū riding, celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions introduced in the 1820s. Resplendent in the foliage and colors of each island, beautiful women and handsome men make their way along the Parade route.

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from the Royal Kona Resort 75-5852 Alii Drive, and continues along Aliʻi Drive, past Kamakahonu by the pier, then up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway.

After the parade, enjoy the Hoʻolauleʻa (music and art festival) at historic Huliheʻe Palace. Also from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, there will be music, crafts, and food at Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au. Enjoy local food, see masters create traditional arts and crafts, watch beautiful hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians.

Just ask our Mauna Lani Point concierge for insider information on drive time and where to park for a good viewing point. If you can’t schedule your Mauna Lani Point condo vacation to include June 10, just ask the concierge for other ways to experience Hawaiian music and dance.

The condo rentals of Mauna Lani Point, managed by Classic Resorts, are the perfect home base for Hawaii Island adventures.

Parade photos courtesy of King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade

 
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Big Island Chocolate Festival – A Sweet Event Not to Miss

If you’re staying at Mauna Lani Point in Hawaii this month, then you’re in luck: The Big Island Chocolate Festival is taking place at the end of the month, and it’s an event you can’t miss! Here’s everything you need to know to attend this tasty event!

About the Big Island Chocolate Festival

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc: The purpose is to promote the cacao industry in Hawaii. This event is a great outreach and educational opportunity for local cacao farmers in the area, and, well, pretty much anyone who likes chocolate.

Events You Can’t Miss

The festival isn’t just a good excuse to eat chocolate. It’s a great place to learn more about how chocolate is made – how it is grown, harvested, and made into decadent desserts. Here are a few of our favorite events:

Cacao Plantation Tour: April 28th, 11:00am – 12pm

Most of us don’t realize that chocolate grows on trees. You’ll learn all about how cacao is grown and harvested at the cacao plantation tour, which takes place at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. This is the first company to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry, and process Hawaii’s cocoa beans into chocolate. You’ll be able to walk through the orchard, and tour the factory. This “tree to bar” factory is truly a treat to tour.

Chocolate Culinary Demonstrationa: April 29th, 9:30am – 2pm

Now that you’ve learned how cacao is grown and turned into chocolate as we know it, learn how chefs turn it into the decadent desserts we know and love. The first session is “Small Chocolate Bites” by Donald Wressel (an execute pastry chef at Guittard Chocolate Company). During this demonstration, you’ll learn about and get to taste three mini-chocolate desserts. The second demonstration is “Chocolate Crystallization & Tempering,” by Alicia Boada (the West Coast Technical Advisor for Barry Callebaut Chocolate). In this demonstration, you’ll learn what’s happening in the contemporary pastry and chocolate world. The final demonstration is “Creating a Artistic Chocolate Showpiece,” by Stephane Treand, (of The Pastry School). Yu’ll learn how to add flair to any of your chocolate creations at home.

Mauna Lani Point: The Best Accommodations in Hawaii

When it comes to accommodations in Hawaii, Mauna Lani Point is the best option. That’s because our location can’t be beat (easy access to all the activities you want to enjoy in Hawaii), our condos are spacious, and you get all the benefits an amenities of a hotel, without paying resort fees. Book your stay today!

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Reserve with Classic Resorts for a professional staff

You’ll feel the Classic Resorts difference at Mauna Lani Point.  When you reserve your Mauna Lani condo through Classic Resorts, your condo vacation is securely in the hands of professionals.  The hotel-like services of Hawaii-based Classic Resorts provide a safety net for your vacation  needs.

This is the Classic Resorts difference at Kaanapali Alii.

Compare free daily maid service versus a mandatory cleaning fee.  And compare the pleasure of a freshly made bed and a sparkling clean bathroom versus doing chores on your vacation! Your Classic Resorts condo rental also includes the services of our professional staff for front desk, bell services, concierge and maintenance. Yet you’ll enjoy the savings of No Resort Fee.

And when you’re ready for check out, there are no extra fees, no cleaning fees, and no surprises!  Just blissful vacation memories.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Hawaii: Enjoy the Sun and Waves at Mauna Lani Point

Hawaii is the destination for adventurers from all over the world. Hawaii’s white, sandy beaches, dense rain forests, cascading waterfalls, and stunning ocean views are a veritable playground for people of all ages. One of the best activities to try during your stay at Mauna Lani Point is paddle boarding: There’s nothing quite like skimming above crystal-clear water, looking down on the wildlife below, and feeling the warm sun on your back. And, stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii is for everyone: It’s a great choice for beginners and the experienced alike. Here are a few tips for people looking to enjoy Hawaii on the water this year.

What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

You likely have heard of stand up paddle boarding: It has become very popular in the last 10 years, but has much older origins. No one knows when it originated: Ancient cultures have used canoes they propelled with paddles while standing up for many purposes – for battle, hunting, and transportation. Hawaii plays a role in its history as well. In 1778, when Captain James Cook first sailed to the Hawaiian Islands, he saw the first surfers – native Hawaiians surfed the waves, often using paddles to propel themselves forward. Today, people from all walks of life enjoy standing up on their board, and exploring the coves, inlets, and beaches of Hawaii.

Fun for All

Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world. This is likely because a), it is a ton of fun, b). it’s a great workout, and c). it’s easy to learn, so anyone can do it! The best part about paddle boarding is that you can get started easily. Everyone in the family can rent or share a board, and get out and enjoy the sun and waves.

SUP Rentals: Where to Go

There are many places where you can rent a stand up paddle board near your condo at Mauna Lani Point. One of our favorite rental options is Hilo SUP Rentals. They are located a 4-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. The local shop is owned by Jun and Sarah, and offers SUP rentals as well as lessons! For additional options, stop by our guest services desk to learn more.

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Kona Coffee Festival only on Hawaii Island!

A Mauna Lani Point condo vacation offers the opportunity to stock your gourmet kitchen with locally grown taste treats!  Kona coffee is the most famous Hawaii Island product and  you won’t want to miss this 10 day festival! Reserve now for early November.  A wide variety of events appeal to all ages and are fun for all levels of interest.

Kona coffee will take center stage once again at the 47th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, happening November 3-12, 2017. The 10-day festival’s activities will include Kona coffee farm tours offering a firsthand look at how the area’s world-famous bean is grown and harvested. Kona coffee and food events will feature ample tasting opportunities, and hands-on cultural events will share stories of Kona’s rich coffee history. Details of the 2017 Festival are still being finalized but most events happen each year. For a peak at the many activities during the 2016 festival information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.

All Mauna Lani Point condos include a gourmet kitchen fully equipped for easy meals. Daily maid service is included yet there is No Resort Fee for reservations through Classic Resorts.

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Plan a Day Trip to Big Island Volcano National Park

Volcanoes National Park is a must-see during your visit to Hawaii. Step into a world of active volcanism and rich cultural history. Only a 2 hour drive from your condo at Mauna Lani Point, plan a day trip to the Big Island Volcano National Park, and you’ll experience an adventure you won’t soon forget! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting, including how to get there, what to bring, and what to expect during your visit!

Getting to Volcano National Park

You can be at Hawaii Volcano National Park from your condo at Mauna Lani Point in less than three hours, including the drive and seeing a few sights on the way. From your resort, take Highway 19 towards Waimea. Continue on this highway to Hilo, where you’ll take Highway 11 to the park. Along the way, you’ll have a wonderful view of the coastline. If you want to stop and stretch your legs, stop at Akaka Falls. This 420-foot waterfall is surrounded by a few beautiful hikes that take 30-45 minutes to enjoy.

Planning Your Day Trip to Big Island Volcano National Park

The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So, no matter when you are vacationing, you can visit this exciting park! You need to do some planning ahead before you visit, however. Because the volcano is active, there are often changes to viewing areas that must be made for the sake of safety. It’s important to see what’s happening with the volcano, and check alerts before you visit. Additionally, it is important that you understand a few things about the park:

  • Volcanic Fumes: The volcano has vents that generate high levels of gases that can negatively affect visitors. Some days, the park is closed due to these fumes. Check the air quality before you visit!
  • Check Closures: Due to volcanic activity, specific areas of the park may be closed. Be sure to check closures before you plan your trip!

During your visit to the park, you’ll get a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Hawaii. There are countless things to do and enjoy while in the park: Take a drive around Crater Rim, or take a hike and learn about the area. If you only have a few hours, we recommend seeing the summit if Kilauea volcano on the Crate Rim Drive. If you have more tie, be sure to check out the eastern park of the park by driving the Chain of Craters Road. You’ll come across lava flows that have crossed the road!

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Warm weather condo vacations on Hawaii the Big Island

You could be here! It’s a sunny 80 degrees every day and guests of Mauna Lani Point are enjoying this view.  Golf is the main draw to this dry sunny coast and you’ll have a choice of many top-rated courses.

Gather your friends to share the sun and fun at Mauna Lani Resort. Of course a condo vacation offers savings and lavish space. Guests love that Mauna Lani Point promises No Resort Fee yet daily maid service is included. The convenience of a gourmet kitchen adds savings.  You can enjoy easy meals on your private lanai as an alternative to restaurants 3x/day.

Reserve now for the condo vacation of your dreams and the best choice of dates.

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Golf courses galore and the Mauna Lani condo advantages

Choose a Mauna Lani Point condo and golf at a different ocean view course every day! Each Hawaii golf course the best in it’s own way. And come home to the condo advantages of Mauna Lani Point: 4x more space than a hotel room, no resort fee, daily maid service, a gourmet kitchen that you can stock with your favorite foods & beverages and the endless enjoyment of a large private lanai!

First of all, within Mauna Lani Resort and within minutes of your luxurious Mauna Lani Point condo:

Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. Ii Brown Golf Courses

The Mauna Lani golf courses are immediately recognizable for the stark contrasting beauty of black lava and emerald green fairways.

Hawaii Golf

South Course

The South Course former home to the annual Senior Skins Game from 1990 – 2000. The resort is now home to the prestigous Hawaii State Open.  The South Course snakes through the stark, rugged a’a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow, offering a panorama of mountain and ocean views alongside a challenging golf experience. No. 15 is one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world.

North Course

The North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island. Built on a lava bed, it is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by kiawe (mesquite) forests.  Number 17 is a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater and one of Mauna Lani resort signature holes.

And just a few miles down the road, Hapuna and Mauna Kea Golf Courses:

Mauna Kea Golf Course

About 8 ½ miles from Mauna Lani is Mauna Kea’s 18-hole championship golf course.

Created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this famous course remains an all-time favorite in beauty and design with elevated, undulating greens and prevailing coastal winds that demand accuracy. The Mauna Kea course offers dramatic coastal views including the signature 3rd hole that stretches across a surging inlet. Golf Digest, America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, 2009-2016.

Hapuna Golf Course

It’s an easy drive of about 8 ½ miles along Highway 19 to the Hapuna Golf Course.

This beautiful course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay climbs from sea level to 700 feet and boasts a view of the coastline and the ocean from every hole. Well-designed, challenging for experienced players and fun for all levels of play.

Consider reserving your tee times soon after you confirm your Mauna Lani Point condo. The weather is sunny, dry and perfect for golf!

 

 

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Running in Hawaii: A Weekly 5k and Great Cross-Training

Running in Hawaii is special for many reasons: First, the temperature is always wonderful. Gone are the days of running in intense heat, or worse – in layers upon layers of clothing due to the bitter cold. Second, the scenery is unparalleled. What could be better than running with beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean? Third: Running on the beach is simply the best. The sand is soft, the ocean laps at your feet, and there is wildlife to spot along the way. There are many great runs to enjoy during your stay at Mauna Lani Point but our favorite is a weekly running event that sets you off on the right foot, and inspires additional runs.

Weekly 5k Close to Mauna Lani Point

If you’re not sure where to run during your vacation, join the Big Island Running Company’s weekly 5k event. You’ll meet people who run consistently in the area, so you’ll get some great ideas on the most scenic and enjoyable runs to check off your list. Here’s everything you need to know to join in:

  • Choose Your Distance: You can choose to do the 5k through Kailua Village, or take the longer route along Alii Drive.
  • All Abilities are Welcome: You don’t have to be an intensely dedicated runner to participate. Both runners and walkers are welcome!
  • Location and Start: To join the run, simply meet at the Big Island Running Company on Alii Drive at 5:00pm every Tuesday evening.

Running in Hawaii: Not the Only Form of Exercise

If you’re a runner, then you know it can be difficult to switch up your routine. But, doing so can be great for your running in the long-term. Cross training is extremely beneficial, and there’s no better place to try something new than in Hawaii! Here are a few activities you can do that get your heart-rate up and work your muscles:

  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Paddleboarding

Book Your Trip to Hawaii: Start the Year Off the Right Way

Nothing is better than starting off your year with a vacation. If you book now, you could be in Hawaii in the first quarter. The accommodations at Mauna Lani Point are exceptional: Our condos are spacious (much larger than traditional hotel rooms), and have all the amenities you want when you vacation. Book your stay today!

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