Guest Review from TripAdvisor

Visitor from Carrollton, Texas

“A Little Piece of Heaven”

The Mauna Lani is our favorite destination!  We have stayed in E-102 three times.  The view is beyond breathtaking, day or night.  There is a beautiful view of the ocean as well as all the flowers and the signature golf hole.  UNBELIEVABLE!!  To quote one of our grandchildren who went with us in June, “The most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!!”  Her grandparents feel the same!

The condo is right by a lovely pool and hot tub that is hidden by lush greenery and a wonderful outdoor grilling area.  We have grilled many meals there and then eaten them on the lani.  The sunsets are breathtaking and a time to look forward to every evening.  Also there is a nice green grass area right out from the lani on which we have played many games and just enjoyed walking on and seeing all the sights.  The shopping area (close to the business center) was new to us and we really liked having a grocery store right on the premises.

The condo is very open and looks out to the lani, green grass area and the ocean.  The kitchen is all new and has the same view.  The bedrooms are large and comfortable.  There are 21/2 baths which really makes it convenient when we are coming back from the beach The beach and snorkeling at the Mauna Lani are an experience not to be forgotten.  We see unbelievable fish and numerous sea turtles.

This is one vacation where we never want to leave!!  It is truly a little piece of heaven on earth!

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Mauna Lani Point Pool Pavilion Renovation Complete

The renovation of the casually elegant Mauna Lani Point pool pavilion & entertainment center is complete.  Savvy travelers know that exclusive access to this pool & open plan pavilion are among the many amenities for guests of these luxurious oceanfront villas.

New Solaire gas BBQs, designer appliances and countertops, stone flooring, upscale lounge furnishings under a cosseted ceiling, adjustable lighting and a communal dining table invite Island-style gatherings.

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Hawaiian Airlines Now Selling Tokyo to Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines is now selling tickets for its daily nonstop flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Honolulu, which will begin in November.

It will make its inaugural flight from Honolulu to Haneda on November 17, 2010 and its inaugural departure from Haneda to Honolulu on November 19, 2010.

Tickets can be purchased by phone or online on the company’s English-language and Japanese-language websites.  For more information visit Hawaiianair.com.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

Visitor from San Francisco, CA

Mauna Lani Point is the best value

The one bedroom we stayed in here was a steal – we got an amazing price and the living room even had a pull down murphy bed for an extra person to sleep in.  It was amazingly comfortable, especially considering it was a murphy bed!  I loved the condo we stayed in – it was tastefully decorated with high end electronics, 2 TVs, and a Dux bed.  The ceilings were vaulted with fans in both main rooms.  When we visited in February, we saw multiple whales from the lanai and we even HEARD some of the whale song.  It was a very special trip.

The Mauna Lani Point area itself has a newly renovated pool, private beach club, extensive sister properties, and a variety of blended drinks available at the beach.  The beach had some covered, cushioned lounge chairs as well as lounge chairs without covers.  Snorkeling there is a must.  The golf course is world-renowned and much of it borders the oceanfront.  The property also has sacred fish ponds and ancient Hawaiian trails that snake through the two nearby hotel properties (Launa Lani and Fairmont Orchid, which used to be a Ritz).  There are also some apparently new shops nearby that have a decently priced Foodland grocery store, steak restaurant, Japanese restaurant, and Hawaiian cafe.  I tried all 3 – the steakhouse was the best one.  It was super convenient to have the grocery store on the property and especially nice that the prices were the same (or better) than the grocery stores on other parts of the island.

The location of the Point is hard to beat – if you rent a car and want to see the other parts of the island, you are perfectly situated between Kona, Kamuela, Waimea, Hawi, Honokaa, beautiful white sand Hapuna Beach, Botanical Gardens, and even the volcanoes.  The volcanoes are a bit of a drive, but that’s because they are on the side of the island with heavy vog (sulfur dioxide) and other noxious fumes. I  was told the Point is situated in the Trade Winds, which sweep away any noxious fumes.  It makes sense that the Kohala Coast was home to the first hotels on the island considering the breezy, sunny year-round weather (unlike the Hilo side).

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Portuguese Stone Oven Bread Baking

The Holidays are right around the corner and are a time for breaking bread with family and friends.Take part in this free historical re-creation – making and then baking traditional sweet bread in a wood-fired oven called a forno, the type used by Portuguese immigrants who came to Hawaii in the 1800s.  A tasty and hands on experience the whole family will enjoy!  Located at H.N. Greenwell Store museum in Kealakekua, sweet bread is made every Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closed on major holidays).  For more information contact (808) 323-3222.

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Eileen Fisher Fashion Week At Macys

The Makalapua (Kona) Macys is presenting Eileen Fisher Fashion Week with a morning of presenting the new fall fashions with a 20% discount and receive a complimentary cosmetic consultation.   It is being held on Saturday, September 18th 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Macys at Makalapua (Kona) Shopping Center.  Park at the ocean side entrance of the store.  This is sure to be a fun and exclusive event.   Eileen Fisher is an upscale, classic fashion line for women.

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Guest Review From Trip Advisor

Visitor from Dallas, Texas

This was my seventh trip to Hawaii and by far the best!

I have been several times to Maui, Oahu, and Kauai – my next trip to Hawaii will be right back to the Mauna Lani resort on the Big Island.
The Mauna Lani is an exquisite property that exceeded our expectations.  We stayed in a beautiful condo with the type of amenities you would expect at a five-star property.  With a view of the signature hole on the south course and the sun setting on the ocean beyond, we spent most of our time on the lanai, just relaxing and losing all sense of time.
We have twin girls that are 8 and I was afraid at first that they would get bored – I was very wrong.  They thoroughly enjoyed the beach club with fantastic snorkeling over well-populated reefs.  We swam with sea turtles, an octopus, and many other interesting marine creatures.  Petroglyph park was also a nice attraction and the nearby public beaches are rated top 10 in the world.  You’re also just 30 minutes from Kona where there is plenty of shopping and COSTCO!
I am a golfer and this is a golfer’s paradise.  We played many other courses on the island but the Mauna Lani layout and greens ranked up there with the best.  A little known secret is the Waimea Country Club which is basically rolling pastures with fantastic greens – looks a little bit hillbilly when you get there but worth the 40 minute drive.
We stayed 8 days and could have easily stayed 8 more.  I hope you are able to enjoy this property and truly enjoy life for a little while.

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