Travel Tip From Your Friends at Mauna Lani Point

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you and your loved one may be visiting the Big Island for a relaxing and romantic getaway.  And if you really want to impress a chocoholic Valentine consider touring Big Island Candies.

Big Island Candies

Large glass windows allow you to watch rows of workers as they hand-dip macadamia nuts in milk and dark chocolate.  You also may enjoy chocolate and cookie samples and to wash them down, a complimentary cup of Kona Coffee!

Located at 585 Hinano Street, Hilo.  Click here for a map and driving directions.  The Factory is open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Admission is free.


Explore Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

With over 2,000 plant species this 40-acre valley is a natural museum of living plants attracting photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientist and nature lovers from around the world.  Throughout this garden valley are nature trails that meander through tropical rainforests, crossing streams and even passing several beautiful waterfalls.  Take a self-guided tour or join the special one-hour guided tour with a Garden Horticulturist.



Garden opens daily at 9:00 a.m. with last entry at 4:00 p.m. for garden closure at 5:00 p.m.  Guided tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 12:00 p.m.  Cost is $15 per adult, ages 6-16 $5, and under 5 are free.  Guided tours are provided at no additional cost.  Located approximately 7 miles north of Hilo.  Click here for a map and driving directions.


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Guest Review from TripAdvisor

Visit from Manhattan Beach, California

“Sights, sounds and little motion”

My wife and I visited Mauna Lani Point with our 4 year old son looking to get back in touch with each other and enjoy doing as little as possible in one of the most beautiful places in our world (that being the locations we have been fortunate enough to experience). I t wasn’t my first trip to the Kohala Coast having stayed at Hotel Mauna Lani in the past but this trip was different, different and better.  All the beauty, hospitality and experiences afforded at the hotel but without worrying to find a beach chair, waiting in restaurant lines and being forced to be quiet once the little guy is ready for night night.

Each unit is individually furnished so we look forward to returning to experience another unique decor soon.  Our room overlooking the signature golf hole, with an ideal ocean view, provided the PERFECT sunset happy hour every night.  The spacious patio complete with 4 seat table and two lounge chairs, which served as my bed for a few perfect starlight nights, quickly became the central focus point for all of us.  The large living room might have felt a bit neglected if it wasn’t for the two movie nights around the huge flat screen HDTV with surround sound.  The gourmet kitchen was not only a pleasure to cook in but it also saved us gobs of money which we instead spent on activities (snorkeling, dolphin viewing, and hiking).

The community area was always clean and ready for fun.  We met several other families of similar mindset which added to the fun for the little guy as well as us grown-ups.  We found ourselves sharing diner a few nights as we prepped and cooked at the pool side BBQs while the kids kicked soccer balls on the big open lawn.

And I almost forgot, each room comes with access to the private beach club walking distance up the coast with plenty of beach chairs a pleasant restaurant and full bar.

Honey, start packing the bathing suits!


Huli Huli Chicken

Hawaii’s version of barbecue chicken is made with a Huli Huli sauce.  Enjoy this easy recipe from for Huli Huli Chicken at the newly renovated pool pavilion and entertainment center at the Mauna Lani Point.  Bon Appetit!


  • 4-5 lbs chicken pieces
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sherry
  • 1 piece ginger root, crushed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Combine ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, ginger root, and garlic.  Stir well.  Place chicken, skin side up, on the rack of broiler pan about 6 inches from the heat or preferably on an outdoor grill.  Baste the chicken frequently and continue broiling or grilling for about 10 minutes on each side or until chicken appears done.


Travel Tip From Your Friends at Mauna Lani Point

We have always wondered what the ISO setting meant on cameras and what it really did for images anyway, so when we came across this post on called “What is ISO, and how does it affect my pictures?” we just had to stop and read about this setting.  What we learned is that the ISO setting can make a huge difference in the outcome of low-light scenes.  You may be like us and want the best quality vacation photos possible so we thought we would share this very enlightening post with you.

Click here to read the full post.