Hawaii Resort Vacation Planning

Planning a Hawaii Resort vacation and want some quick answers to your travel questions? Find the top 5 most asked questions that we receive from our guests prior to their visit.

Which Airport will I fly into and how far is it from the Mauna Lani Point resort?
Your best option is to fly into Kona Airport (KOA). It’s about 30 minutes south of the Mauna Lani Resort. You could also fly into Hilo Airport (ITO) on the east side of the Big Island. It’s a 90 minute drive but a beautiful, scenic introduction to Hawaii.

Should I rent a car during my stay?
Much of what makes Hawaii so lovely is the expansive tropical landscape and varied terrain and history throughout the island. Renting a car allows you to fully enjoy all the island has to offer – parks, farms, towns and beaches. Though all the major rental companies are located on the island we do suggest booking your rental ahead of time. There are also guided tours and chartered vehicles available. We recommend Hawaii Executive Transportation if you are in need of a private car service.

What is the time difference between Hawaii and the Mainland?
Hawaii is 2 hours earlier than the west coast and 5 hours earlier than the east coast.Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

When is the best time to visit Hawaii Island?
Anytime of the year is great to visit Hawaii. Temperatures in winter still stay around 80 degrees. Many escape the cold and snowy weather of the Midwest for Hawaii making winter the busiest tourist season. However, winter is also the wettest time of year for Hawaii and can see rainy weather last for days. January to April with the temperatures rising and precipitation decreasing, brings the peak of whale watching. The spring also marks a decline in crowds and the higher hotel and airfare rates found in the busier months.

What should I pack on my trip to Hawaii Island?
Hawaii is laid-back, warm and full of beautiful sandy beaches. Summer attire, bathing suit and flip flops will serve you well for most anything. Bring casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing some fine dining. With the varied elevations in Hawaii, you might need a light rain jacket if visiting the rain forests near Hilo or warmer clothes if a stop at the Volcanoes is in your plans. There is plenty of shopping near the resort for any additional or forgotten items.