Guest Review From Yelp

Visitor from San Francisco, CA

A great condo choice in a great resort!

Condos are a great alternative to the hotels at this resort, and MLP is the best here!  (I’m assuming you know what a great resort Mauna Lani is, so won’t go into that).  For roughly the same price as a room at one of the hotels, you get much more space, privacy, fully equipped kitchens, etc.  There’s a pool pavilion, access to a great beach club, and concierge services.  No room service, though (unless someone in your party is nice!)

The units are all owner furnished, so they’re all a bit different, but high quality.  They have a blend of 1 and 2 bedroom units, with ocean or mt views, so lots of options (and price points).  A few seem to be owner occupied full time;  many are owner occupied part time;  and many are part time owner/part time rentals, so the result is, it never seems that crowded.

This is one of the older condo developments at the resort, and that’s a good thing.  These units all are solidly built with thick walls and ceilings;  no noise at all from the neighbors.  Plus, the buildings are arranged so that the units all look out over the golf course or such; they don’t all back up to each other the way the newer developments tend to.  Don’t get me wrong, the new ones are pretty nice, but they remind me a bit of a Calif suburban condo development.

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Travel Tip From Your Friends at Mauna Lani Point

We found this article on CNN recently and really liked the travel tips Jessica Ravitz has collected from master jet-setters, airport workers and flight attendants.  The first tip, Book your flights wisely, states  “It’s easier to travel on weekdays or the actual holiday.  Changing tickets is simpler, too, if you booked through the airline.  If there are multiple flights to your destination, try to book the earliest one.  In case of cancellations or delays, you’ll be better positioned to hop on the next.”  Since you may be traveling this holiday season we thought we would share this article with you to help make your travel easier.  Click here to read the full article.  Happy Holidays!

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Pit Fired Ham Glazed With Pineapple & Mango Maple Syrup

With the holidays right around the corner, we thought we would share this simple recipe for Pit Fired Ham Glazed with Pineapple and Mango Maple Syrup from Foodnetwook.com courtesy of Chef Jill Davie.  It’s easy to bring Hawaiian flavors to your table with a fully equipped kitchen in your luxury vacation condo rental!  Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups store bought mango sauce or 2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup maple syrup, light or dark
  • 1 4 ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pineapple rings, juice reserved
  • 13 to 15 pound ham, bone-in
  • Toothpicks, as needed

Directions:

Preheat a barbecue, charcoal pit, or oven to 350 degrees F.  In a small saucepan, add the mango sauce or mangoes.  Stir in the maple syrup, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice and bring to a simmer.  Continue to simmer for 8 minutes and then remove from the heat.  Working with a sharp knife, score the ham on the bias, fat side up, by drawing the knife from 1 side of the ham to the other.  Be sure and make the incisions deep enough (about 1/2-inch) so that the glaze can reach the meat underneath the layer of fat.  Continue scoring the top of the ham in the other direction to form a criss-cross pattern over the top.  Using the toothpicks, attach the pineapple rings to the top and sides of the ham.  With a pastry brush or a large spoon, liberally apply a layer of the glaze.  Place the ham in the oven or a barbecue pit and cook, frequently applying coats of the glaze about every 20 minutes.  Allow 20 to 25 minutes per pound of ham in a barbecue pit and 10 to 15 in a 350 degree F oven.  Slice and serve.

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The Stand Up World Tour Comes Home To Hawaii

One of the fastest growing activities on the islands is stand up paddling.  It is a relatively new hybrid sport of surfing and paddling.
Stand Up World Tour
In 2009 the Stand Up World Tour was established to address the growth in the sport and to provide its premier athletes with an international platform on which to compete for the official World Championship Title.  The Stand Up World Tour show now reaches 220 countries on 170 networks.
The Waterman League has announced the exciting news that the Stand Up World Tour will be coming home to the Big Island of Hawaii, for the final event of the year.  The Hawaii Island Finals will take place from December 10th through December 19th in Hilo at Honolii Bay and various other venues.  This week long competition of athletes from many nations will include clinics, musical festival and press, cultural and educational events.  Admission is free for spectators.

An open race will be held on Sunday, December 19th and is open to everyone.  To enter email your name, email address, age and where you are coming from to: race@watermanleague.com. With the Top 24 confirmed and over 40 athletes already entered into the trials, the Waterman League encourages any remaining athletes wishing to take part in the Trials for the Stand Up World Tour Finals to email your entry to: entry@watermanleague.com.

For more information visit standupworldtour.com.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

Visitor from Denver, CO – November 2010

“Superb Experience at The Islands & Mauna Lani”

Unit G4 at The Islands @ Mauna Lani was exceptional.  I was concerned that we were not ocean front, but this property was terrific.  Not only was the unit 1/2 the cost of other units that I found throughout Mauna Lani (granted we traveled during the off season), the townhouse was immaculate and had ample room for our 3 young boys with great lanais off each room overlooking the 15 hole of the North courseMauna Lani properties are beautiful and come with private gate access to a very secluded and safe cove for swimming and snorkeling.  We had no trouble driving the 1 mile to the beach or walking the .5 mile historic trail and exploring a host of lava tubes along the way.  Service was fantastic and the local market was gourmet with great prices.

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Travel Tip From Your Friends At Mauna Lani Point

How to keep your houseplants watered while on vacation, by Jill Leviticus, Demand Media, USA Today.

We’re tried those beautiful round glass watering globes but not always with success.   This story has a number of creative alternatives but we like the simplicity of #2:   Make a few holes in the bottom of an empty plastic bottle with a nail and place the bottle on top of the soil in a pot.   When the bottle is filled with water, the water will slowly drip into the soil.   Vary the size of the bottle used depending on the size of the pots.   To read the full story click here.

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CanoeHouse Restaurant In The Mauna Lani Resort

The award winning CanoeHouse restaurant is recognized as one of the most seductive dining experiences in Hawaii.  Chef James Ortiaga offers his own signature approach to contemporary Hawaii cuisine that is both bold and imaginative yet simple and focused.  Adding to the excitement of the menu is the stunning oceanside location with sunset views that set a memorable stage for any occasion.

CanoeHouse patrons are a mix of Mauna Lani guests, visitors to Hawaii Island and loyal locals that come back for the always new and exciting menu.  For reservations call our activities specialist at 808-885-5022.

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Guest Review From Expedia

Visitor from Oswego, Oregon

Skip the Hotel, stay in a Condo with a Kitchen

Mauna Lani Point was spectacular.  The condo exceed our expectations. Having a kitchen and not having to depend on restaurants is the way to go. The Condo offers a nice view of the ocean and a perfectly manicured golf courseThe resort area itself is quite secure and excellent for walking, running or bicycling.  There is a short walk to an excellent beach or if you prefer a 2 minute drive to a gated parking lot will also get you there.  Mauna Lani Point is behind a secured gate and comes with a common pool area with outdoor kitchen and 4 nice gas BBQ’s.

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Cucumber-Papaya Salad

We found this Hawaiian recipe for Cucumber-Papaya Salad on the Foodnetwork.com courtesy of Emeril Lagasse himself and it had us salivating.  We thought we would share it with you to enjoy in the comfort of your luxury condo vacation rental or to bring Island flavors to your home.  Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 1  Large cucumber, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2  Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  Cup rice wine vinegar
  • 4  Teaspoons sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon peanut oil
  • * 1  Teaspoon minced Hawaiian chiles or chile paste
  • 2  Teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1  Large papaya, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4  Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6  Lettuce leaves

Directions:

Sprinkle the cucumber with salt and let drain in a colander for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil, chiles, and ginger.  Add the cucumber, papaya, and cilantro and toss.  Line a serving platter or 4 individual plates with lettuce leaves, and top each with about 1/2 cup of salad.

Serve.

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Travel Tip From Your Friends At Mauna Lani Point

Jet lag can easily hinder your performance on the golf course so when we came across this article on golfinstruction.com by Sean M. Cochran, one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world, we knew we had to share it with you.  We really liked the simplicity in Sean’s tips.  He points out that “Drinking lots of water is the first line of defense in battling jet lag.”  For more tips on undoing the damage of jet lag on your golf game click here.

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