No Resort Fee means Savings at Mauna Lani Point

Reserve your condo at Mauna Lani Point and save because here…there is No Resort Fee and no cleaning fee. And although guests enjoy significant savings with No Resort Fee, they still enjoy daily maid service, front desk and maintenance. Plus unlimited enjoyment of a private pool entertainment pavilion and access to the Mauna Lani Beach Club. Guests of the oceanfront Mauna Lani Point appreciate the significant savings and that there are no surprises at check out!

The issue of resort fees and hidden fees is in the news. “As part of nationwide push, state investigates ‘hidden’ resort fees…”
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Additional savings come from a gourmet kitchen at Mauna Lani Point that makes easy meals an enjoyable activity to be shared. And the private grills in the pool pavilion invite sunset barbecues.  When you start to count the ways you can save at Mauna Lani Point, a Winter getaway is no longer in the realm of wishful thinking.  Reserve your condo today and soon you’ll be enjoying a sunset toast on your private lanai after a blissful day at the beach and pool!

 

 

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Dramatic Ocean Views from Mauna Lani Point Condos

Reserve your Mauna Lani Point condo for expansive views of the blue Pacific! When you’re searching for a Hawaii condo, your first criteria may be “ocean view” and even “ocean view and a golf course!” This aerial photo of the luxury condos of Mauna Lani Point confirms that you’ll have the view of your dreams and easy access to world-famous golf courses. Notice that there is landscaped space all around the condos that assures your privacy.

You can even watch the action from your lanai!  

The vibe at Mauna Lani Point is Serenity! 

Reserve early to lock in your preferred dates. See you on the Mauna Lani Golf course, at the Mauna Lani Beach Club and at the private pool pavilion!

 

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Big Island 4th of July Celebrations

Celebrating the 4th of July in Hawaii is a treat for the entire family. What better place to celebrate the birth of our nation than surrounded by the people you love in paradise? Your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point are the perfect location from which to branch out and participate in the many big island 4th of July celebrations. Here are a few of our favorite events:

4th of July Parade & Firework Extravaganza in Kona

Watch a beautiful fireworks display along Kailua-Kona town and Kailua Bay for a view you won’t forget. Catch the parade at 6pm (along Ali’I Drive), and then stay for the fireworks, which are set to start at 8pm.

Getting There: From your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, turn right onto HI-19. Turn right onto Palani Rd, and, continue on to Ali’I Drive.

4th of July Fireworks & Events at Waikola Beach Resort

There are a couple different events taking place at Waikola Beach Resort. Head to the Kings’ Shops at 11am and you’ll find entertainment for your kids, live music, and food booth. You can also watch a rubber ducky race! Or, head to the Queens’ MarketPlace at 12pm to enjoy a carnival, live entertainment and music, and a fireworks show. Catch the fireworks show at the Waikola Bowl at 8pm – be sure to arrive by 5pm to hear the Tomi Isobe Blues Band and the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific.

Getting There: The Waikola Beach Resort is located right next door to your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. You are a less than 10 minute drive to participate in the fun events!

Turtle Independence Day Celebration

This truly special event provides a unique way to celebrate the 4th. Every Year, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalow releases young sea turtles (honu) that they have nurtured in their saltwater ponds. Watch the release of these beautiful creatures, and learn about them at the educational displays. This event takes place from 10:30 to 12pm, which leaves plenty of time in the evening to watch fireworks elsewhere.

Getting There: This event is held less than three miles from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. You just need to head north up the coast to join in on the fun.

Parker Ranch 4th of July Rodeo and Horse Races

If you’d like to see some of Hawaii’s ranching roots, head to Parker Ranch for their 55th annual 4th of July rodeo and horse races. The rodeo is a celebration of the Hawaiian cowboy (called paniolo). The doors open at 7am, and the rodeo starts at 9am. Learn more about this event here.

Getting There: The Parker Ranch is located about 30 minute away from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. Turn left out of the resort onto HI-19, and head towards Waimea. Turn right onto Pu’u opelu Rd and you’ve arrived!

Fireworks Blast and Celebrations at Hilo Bay

If you’d like to celebrate the 4th on the other side of Hawaii from where you’re staying, head to Hilo Bay. The Bayfront will be blocked off, and you and your family can enjoy cook-offs, games, music, food, and entertainment. The fireworks show starts at 8pm!

Getting There: The drive across the island takes less than 2 hours, and there are two different routes to consider.

Mauna Lani Point: Great Accommodations for Independence Day Celebrations

There are many different 4th of July celebrations across Hawaii. Mauna Lani Point is a great launching point for exploring the big island, and everything it has to offer. Why stay in a cramped hotel room when you can stay in a spacious condo located right off the beach? Learn more about the accommodations, and get your room booked!

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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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