Category Archives: Big Island Activities

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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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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Running in Hawaii: A Weekly 5k and Great Cross-Training

Running in Hawaii is special for many reasons: First, the temperature is always wonderful. Gone are the days of running in intense heat, or worse – in layers upon layers of clothing due to the bitter cold. Second, the scenery is unparalleled. What could be better than running with beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean? Third: Running on the beach is simply the best. The sand is soft, the ocean laps at your feet, and there is wildlife to spot along the way. There are many great runs to enjoy during your stay at Mauna Lani Point but our favorite is a weekly running event that sets you off on the right foot, and inspires additional runs.

Weekly 5k Close to Mauna Lani Point

If you’re not sure where to run during your vacation, join the Big Island Running Company’s weekly 5k event. You’ll meet people who run consistently in the area, so you’ll get some great ideas on the most scenic and enjoyable runs to check off your list. Here’s everything you need to know to join in:

  • Choose Your Distance: You can choose to do the 5k through Kailua Village, or take the longer route along Alii Drive.
  • All Abilities are Welcome: You don’t have to be an intensely dedicated runner to participate. Both runners and walkers are welcome!
  • Location and Start: To join the run, simply meet at the Big Island Running Company on Alii Drive at 5:00pm every Tuesday evening.

Running in Hawaii: Not the Only Form of Exercise

If you’re a runner, then you know it can be difficult to switch up your routine. But, doing so can be great for your running in the long-term. Cross training is extremely beneficial, and there’s no better place to try something new than in Hawaii! Here are a few activities you can do that get your heart-rate up and work your muscles:

  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Paddleboarding

Book Your Trip to Hawaii: Start the Year Off the Right Way

Nothing is better than starting off your year with a vacation. If you book now, you could be in Hawaii in the first quarter. The accommodations at Mauna Lani Point are exceptional: Our condos are spacious (much larger than traditional hotel rooms), and have all the amenities you want when you vacation. Book your stay today!

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Beginner Surfing at Pine Trees Beach Near Mauna Lani Point

If you’re looking for a beginner surfing spot, or simply an out-of-the-way picnic area, Pine Trees Beach is the best place. Because it is difficult getting to the beach, not many tourists will venture there, making it a great, remote place to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii without as many other visitors. Here are a few things to know about accessing and enjoying this fantastic beach!

Enjoy a Favorite Local’s Spot

Pine Trees Beach is beautiful: There is a wide, sandy beach that is perfect for setting up for the day. If you’re planning on spending the day, be sure to bring your surf board – the water is not good for swimming. Most visitors go to enjoy the fun, beginner surfing.

Bring the Grill

Be sure to bring your grill when you drive to Pine Trees Beach. Portable gas or charcoal grills are allowed (but no open fires). Enjoying a cookout by the ocean, as you watch the sunset, is something you will never forget.

Prepare for Off-Roading

You’ll need an off-road vehicle to access Pine Trees Beach, but the trip is well worth it. To get to the beach, head south on HI-19. Take the road towards the Natural Energy Lab (which is just past mile-marker 94).  Drive to where the road comes to a T – head south along the coast for about a mile. Use your judgement when choosing the best road – all of them lead to the same spot.

Great Beginner Surfing Close to Mauna Lani Point

When you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you have great access to some of the best beginner surfing. If you’re looking for a remote spot that is a favorite of locals, Pine Trees Beach is the best location. Plan on spending the day on the beach (you can even camp, but you’ll need to speak with the people managing the beach on your way in), surfing and enjoying the sun. In the evening, bring out the grill, and watch a stunning Hawaiian sunset. To learn about more beginner surfing spots close to your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, speak to our customer service desk and we’ll direct you to the best spot!

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Lapakahi State Historical Park: Experience Hawaii Like Hawaiians of the Past

Located a short, 30-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, Lapakahi State Historical Park is a must-see during your Hawaiian vacation. The beautiful scenery and historical setting will transport you back in time. Here are a few of our favorite activities in Lapakahi State Historical Park, as well as directions on how to get there from your villas at Mauna Lani Point.

Visit Lapakahi State Historical Park in HawaiiExplore the Ruins of an Ancient Fishing Village

Lapakahi State Historical Park is the site of an ancient fishing settlement. The partially restored ruins are over 600 years old. You can take a one mile walk through the Lapakahi Village interpretive trail, which winds along the rocky coast, through the enormous park (it is over 262 acres). Along the way, you’ll see lava stone walls, and restored houses (called hale). As you take the self-guided tour, you’ll get a glimpse into what life was like 600 years ago for Native Hawaiians. You may also spot humpback whales in the water along the trail!

Visit Lapakahi State Historical Park in HawaiiExplore the Marine Life Conservation District

Located just off the shore is the Marine Life Conservation District of Lapakahi. Koai’e Cove is a rough, coral beach that provides access to the water (although swimming is discouraged). The water is teeming with marine life: nearly all nearshore specious typical of the area are represented. And, in the winter months, you may be able to spot humpback whales just off the coast!

Visit Lapakahi State Historical Park in HawaiiWhat Visitors Have to Say about the Park

Everyone who has reviewed the park has enjoyed their visit: One reviewer says it is a “very special place.” Another says he felt like he had “stumbled upon a hidden gem.” When you visit, you’ll get a glimpse of an ancient culture, and be able to see what life was like in Hawaii in the 1300’s, when the village was founded.

Getting to Lapakahi State Historical Park

If you are staying at Mauna Lani Point, it is a very short drive to the park. You’ll need to leave the resort and head north on HI 270.


When you visit Lapakahi State Historical Park, you won’t be treated to the luxury of Hawaii. Instead, you’ll get a glimpse into what life was like for native Hawaiians fishing along the rocky coast. This short drive and walk will help you feel as if you are living on the island 600 years ago!

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From Waimea to Hawi: Paniolos & the Pololu Valley Lookout

When you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you have easy access to everything that makes Hawaii a great place to travel. With sunny beaches, shopping and restaurants, golf, and incredible mountain views, Mauna Lani Point is the best vacation accommodations in Hawaii. If you’re looking for a way to see more of the island, including majestic views, consider traveling from Waimea to Hawi along Highway 250. Along the way, you’ll discover the Pololu Valley Lookout, and be treated to a glimpse of Hawaiian culture.

Explore Paniolo Country

Paniolo are skilled Hawaiian cowboys. Waimea, which is located northeast from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, is at the heart of paniolo country. Kahua Ranch is a working cattle and sheep ranch with beautiful landscapes. You can tour the ranch on horseback or ATV to learn more about ranching in Hawaii. The ranch’s Evening Sunset Dinner is one of the best ways to learn about the ranch. You’ll sit around an open campfire and learn about the history of the ranch before enjoying a delicious meal (complete with macadamia nut pie and Kona brew beer). You’ll finish off the evening with a roping lesson, line dancing, star gazing, playing horseshoes, and eating s’mores. It’s a great way to experience Hawaii like a paniolo!

Drive Kohala Mountain Road to Pololu Valley Lookout for Majestic Views

After you visit to Kahua Ranch, consider driving north up the Kohala Mountain Road. Most visitors to Hawaii miss this stunning drive, but it’s well worth your time. Leave Waimea, and drive along Highway 250, north to the little town of Hawi. This wonderful town is the turnaround for the Ironman World Championships. Here, you can check out art galleries and grab a bite to eat before heading east along Highway 270 toward Kapaau. Here, you can see the original King Kamehamea I statue, before heading to the Pololu Valley Lookout. This overlook has incredible views of the coastline. You’ll want to spend some time here, soaking in the views!

Mauna Lani Point: Perfect Accommodations to Enjoy Hawaii

Mauna Lani Point is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Hawaii. With easy access to beaches, shopping, boating, surfing, and golfing, you’ll never want to leave the property. But, if you want a bit of adventure, you can enjoy the incredible views the Pololu Valley Lookout has to offer, in just over an hour drive. Book your stay today!

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Book Now to see New Lava flow into the ocean

Right now is a rare opportunity to catch dramatic views of red hot lava flowing into the ocean! Of course your luxury condo at Mauna Lani Point is on the other side of Hawaii Island far from the active flow! So we recommend a day trip or a helicopter tour for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. See new land being formed before your eyes. Learn the legends of Madame Pele, the volcano goddess.

Courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
©PF BENTLEY/PFPIX.COM
©PF BENTLEY/PFPIX.COM

Back at Mauna Lani Point after your volcano adventure, you’ll also have lava views but of an ancient variety! Fragrant flowering trees, tropical plants, and an expansive lawn add to your gorgeous ocean views. Here you even see Mauna Lani’s famous over-water Signature Hole!

Ocean View Condos in Hawaii

Nowhere else can you explore an active volcano during the day and then retreat to all the comforts of the U.S.A.  Keep up with the latest activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and contact us today to reserve your Big Island condo at Mauna Lani Point.

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Tour the Petroglyphs Hawaii from Your Mauna Lani Point Condo

When you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you’ll have access to everything Hawaii has to offer: Vast oceans teeming with sea creatures, white, sandy beaches, and a rich cultural history: There are many petroglyphs in Hawaii. Visiting these ancient sites provides a glimpse into a vibrant history. Here is an overview of the petroglyph sites you can see easily from your home base at Mauna Lani Point.

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Located just south of Mauna Lani Point, the Puako Petroglyph Archeological Preserve is one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in all of Hawaii. There are more than a thousand petroglyphs within the park itself. Native Hawaiians carved the petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, centuries ago. Keep your eyes peeled for carvings of turtles, canoes, and humans.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical park is home to 1160-acres, and petroglyphs are located all throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for the ancient artwork, as you explore the area, which is full of fishponds, temples (heiau), house sites (kahua), and a stone slide (holua).

Puuloa Petroglyphs

While the Puuloa Petroglyphs are a bit of a drive for those staying at Mauna Lani Point, they are well worth the drive. Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuloa is home to over 23,000 carved images found scattered throughout the lava rock. You can walk through the park yourself (it’s less than a mile), or take a guided tour, which will explain the history of the area.

Visit the Many Petroglyphs Hawaii for a Historic Trip

While the sand, surf, and sun of Hawaii is important to enjoy, there’s something special about catching a glimpse of the rich history of the island and its ancient residents. Seeing petroglyphs Hawaii will allow you to understand the culture in a different way, making for a truly memorable trip. And, when you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you have access to petroglyphs only a short distance away!

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