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The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants to Enjoy During your Vacation

Vacations are all about relaxing. Whether that means going on a hike, lounging on the beach, golfing, surfing, or cliff-diving, it is important that you do the things that allow your mind and body to truly rest. One of the most important parts about vacation and traveling is enjoying good food: It gives you a break from cooking, and offers a glimpse into the culture of the place where you are visiting. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the best Waimea, Hawaii restaurants to enjoy during your vacation. After all, “we all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas.

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi

Sansei Seafood, Steakhouse and Sushi is a local favorite, as well as an award-winning restaurant in the area. The contemporary sushi and new-wave Asian-inspired dishes are served in a fun, upbeat setting that makes it well-loved. Try Sensei’s Shrimp Dynamite – crispy tempura shrimp tossed with a garlic masago aioli, and unagi glaze drizzle, or order the “Catch of the Day” for the freshest seafood!

Under the Bodhi Tree

Under the Bodhi Tree has an almost five-star rating on TripAdvisor. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s a great option because all their food is served with locally sourced, organic ingredients when possible! Their fresh food is a great choice if you want something truly delicious and healthy after your travels. Reviewers say the Acai Smoothie Bowls are filled with exotic tropical fruits.

Hawaiian Style Café

The Hawaiian Style Café is located about a 30-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, but if you’re looking for authentic Hawaiian food “served in Hawaiian portions,” then this is the place for you. Try their World-Famous Massive Pancakes, or Loco Moco for the kids. The Kalua Pork Hash is also delicious, as is the Taro Stew. Prices are reasonable, making this a great choice for larger groups.

Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club

If you want magnificent views while you dine, then Napua is a great option. This restaurant offers Hawaiian, American, Asian, European, and Pacific Rim fare – all created with a local flare. Everything is made with local food that is harvested and prepared within 50 miles of the restaurant. Try the Fresh Catch of the day for the freshest seafood, or try the Blackened Seared Ahi, served over jasmine rice and baby bok choy, topped with crispy fried somen noodles and a soy wasabi beurre blanc.  We guarantee your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

The Best Waimea Hawaii Restaurants Will Enhance Your Vacation

When you eat good food while you travel, it enhances your experience. Have you ever eaten a meal that instantly transport you back in time? This feeling is something we all should cultivate when we travel – eating food that will forge memories, and give us a glimpse into the culture we are visiting.

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Romantic Getaways in Hawaii at Mauna Lani Point Condos

Imagine staying in a beautiful resort, with amenities that allow you to relax, rest, and rejuvenate – a home away from home. Now, imagine that this resort is located right on a Hawaiian beach, with easy access for whale watching, beach combing, or simply watching the sun set. Does this sound like one of the best romantic getaways in Hawaii?  If you’re looking for a place to retreat to with a loved one, Mauna Lani Point condos are the best accommodations. Here’s what you can expect when you stay at our luxurious condos.

Luxury Accommodations

Our accommodations are truly luxurious: You’ll have room to relax, as each condo is 4 times larger than a typical hotel room. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can prepare romantic meals from the comfort of your own room, and enjoy it on your private lanai. With your own private view, you can watch the sun set, feel the ocean breeze, eat dinner, and enjoy a glass of wine with your loved one.

Easy Access to Beach Activities and Deluxe Amenities

As an oceanfront resort, Mauna Lani Point condos offer easy access to all that Hawaii has to offer. During your stay, you’ll enjoy dramatic ocean views, as well as panoramic sights of the golf course dotted with black lava. Guests are also provided with access to the exclusive Mauna Lani Beach Club, which boast a relaxing beachside restaurant with refreshing cocktails, and access to a secluded white sand beach. Here, you have access to the best snorkeling and swimming. Additionally, at the beach club, you can enjoy the heated swimming pool, sauna, and oversized jacuzzi in the evenings after a long day on the beach.

Romantic Getaways in Hawaii: Replenish Your Soul at Mauna Lani

Mauna Lani was originally known as Kalahuipua’a, a place where Hawaiian royalty retreated for relaxation. Now, this area is called Mauna Lani, which means “mountain reaching heaven.” It still remains as a relaxing place where you can replenish your soul – much like the Hawaiian royalty of old. It remains one of the best romantic getaways in Hawaii. Book your stay today, and enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer with your loved one!

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Things to Do in Waimea, Hawaii During Your Stay at Mauna Lani Point

There are many things to do in Waimea, Hawaii. When you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you are perfectly situated to try a wide variety of activities and events. From visiting a white, sandy beach, to riding a horse on a ranch, or seeing ancient petroglyphs, there are almost too many things to try on your vacation. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Kahua Ranch was founded in 1928, and is home to the famous evening sunset dinner. When you attend this event, you’ll sit around an open campfire, hearing stories about the history and founding of the ranch, before heading to a dinner buffet complete with steak from the ranch itself, Kona beer, and macadamia nut pie for desert. Later, you’ll be able to line dance, play horseshoes, and learn to rope! Kahua Ranch is rated as the top thing to do in Waimea, and is located about 40 minutes north of Mauna Lani Point resort.

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Spencer Beach State Park is well-known as an arid beach with white sands. There is a large reef off the beach, which protects the beach, making the water calm enough for the entire family to enjoy! Reviewers on TripAdvisor say the beach is much more private than others in the area, offering a quite spot to relax and enjoy the sun and surf!

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There are some great petroglyphs on the Big Island. The Pukau Petroglyph Preserve is less than ten minutes from Mauna Lani Point resort. At this location you can see about 1,200 petroglyphs, with over 3,000 designs! You can spot a dog, chicken, dancers, paddlers sails marchers, and other great drawings! Another great spot to see petroglyphs is at the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field. Reviewers have said that this location is “better than the petroglyphs at the national volcano park,” and that they are “up to 2000” years old. Also located less than 15 minutes away from your condo at Mauna Lani Point, it is one of the top things to do in Waimea. If you’d like a guide there are guided petroglyph tours that take place every Friday at 9:30am (learn more on our events page).

Stay at Mauna Lani Point Resort: Easy Access to Activities

When you stay in a spacious condo at Mauna Lani Point, you not only can enjoy the luxurious accommodations, you’ll have access to all the incredible sights and sounds in the area, including beautiful beaches, shopping, excellent restaurants, ancient petroglyphs, and even access to a famous, historical ranch! Book your stay today, and start relaxing!

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Big Island Condo Rentals: Ocean View Luxury at Mauna Lani Point

Imagine watching the sun dip below the surface of the ocean while sipping cocktails on your private lanai. This is one of the last sights you’ll see today, but you know that it will be the first thing you view in the morning, this time while sipping your coffee. Beach access and an ocean view are priceless when you travel to Hawaii, which is what makes Mauna Lani Point the best big island condo rentals for your next vacation.

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Spacious, Sunny Oceanfront Condos

The condos at Mauna Lani Point are luxurious, and provide sunny, ocean views. And,  when you choose big island condo rentals over a hotel, you’ll have much more space to enjoy: our condos range in size from 1,500 – 1,900 square feet, making them much more lavish and spacious than any hotel.

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Countless Amenities for a Luxurious Stay

There are countless amenities at our big island condo rentals. They include a full, gourmet kitchen, washers and dryers, A/C, on and half to two baths (depending on the size of condo you choose), dining and living areas, high-speed internet accces, daily maid service, complimentary shuttle service, access to the beach club restaurant and bar, heated swimming pool, oversized Jacuzzi, entertainment pavilion (for parties!), a sauna, and access to the white sand beach for swimming, snorkeling, and watersports.

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Great Snorkeling at the Resort

One of the best things about Mauna Lani Point’s luxury condos is their proximity to the beach. When you’re only a short walk from some of the best snorkeling in the area, it’s hard to complain. The area around the resort is well-known as a great place for snorkeling. According to one traveler on Fodor’s, the “best snorkeling” on the Big Island, is “up by the Mauna Lani resort. Makaiwa Bay and Honokaope Bay are superb.”

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and Watch the Sunset

Our Big Island condo rentals have a large, private lanai, which allows you to enjoy the sunsets and ocean front views. One of the most important things to consider when travelling is the accommodations. And, when your accommodations offer stunning ocean views right from your room, your experience will be that much more enjoyable. Learn more about Mauna Lani Point and why it is the best choice for your next vacation!

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Winter Warmth Rates: Leave the Snow Behind, Fly to Hawaii

Are you sick of the winter chill? Tired of shoveling snow? You’re in luck: Mauna Lani Point is offering fantastic rates from only $270 a night through our “Hawaii’s Big Island Winter Warmth Rates” so you can escape the freezing weather! It’s time to trade your snow shovel with a floppy hat, your umbrella with whale watching, and your wool socks with a swimsuit, flip-flops, and sunglasses!

Use Hawaii’s Sun to Melt the Winter Chill Away!

It’s Time to Renew and Re-Energize

Winter is tough. Between the cold temperatures, grey skies, and the feeling that it will last forever, it can be tough to keep your spirits up during the winter and spring. If you’re feeling blue, it’s time to close our eyes and dream about your Hawaii’s Big Island Winter Warmth Vacation at Mauna Lani Point. If you’re feeling the need for renewal and re-energizing, traveling to Hawaii is just what you need. Here are a couple ways you can relax in Hawaii:

Stress Relief in the Beauty of Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the best places on earth to unwind, de-stress, and relax from your busy life. Take relaxing strolls on the beach, spend the afternoon whale watching, snorkeling with tropical fish, or simply reading a good book, and finish off each perfect day taking in the magnificent sunsets of Hawaii. Hawaii is home to many natural sources of renewal that will re-energize your life during these long winter months.

Book Today: There are No Hidden Resort Fees

When you book at Mauna Lani Point and Classic Resorts, you are reserving your accommodations with the official property management company. This means a couple of things: First, there aren’t any hidden resort fees, and second, you’ll receive property services such as maintenance and daily housekeeping. In our spacious condos, you’ll have room to relax and enjoy everything Hawaii has to offer!

To book, visit http://www.maunalanipoint.com or call (866) 991-6162 and book your stay today!

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How to Plan Your First Trip to Hawaii | Mauna Lani Point

You have decided you will spend your vacation this year in Hawaii. You’ve never been, and when you start researching options you realize just how much Hawaii has to offer. Which islands will you visit? Where will you stay? What activities will you try? Should you stay in a hotel or a condo? The options are endless. For a first-time visitor to Hawaii, it is helpful to have some insight into where you should go, places you should stay, and the sights you must see. Here is a guide on how to plan your first trip to Hawaii that we hope you find helpful!

Step One: Choose the Island

Hawaii is composed of 8 big islands:

  • Nihau (The Forbidden Isle)
  • Oahu (The Gathering Place)
  • Molokai (The Friendly Isle)
  • Lanai (The Pineapple Island)
  • Kahoolawe (The Target Isle)
  • Maui (The Valley Isle)
  • Kauai (The Garden Isle)
  • Hawaii (The Big Island)

Each one of the islands is unique and has something different to offer for the traveler. The most commonly visited islands are Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. The other islands are much smaller, and have fewer accommodations and sights to see.  To learn about each island and what they have to offer, visit Hawaii’s “Choose and Island” website. You will most likely fly into the Honolulu International Airport, which is located on Oahu. From there, you can take a connection, or book a flight to any of the other islands.

Step Two: Choose Your Accommodations

Once you’ve decided on the island you want to visit (or make your home-base), it is time to choose your accommodations. When considering your accommodations, here are a few things to consider:

  • How many people are you traveling with?
  • Do you want to have the ability to cook meals at home?
  • Are amenities important?
  • How much space would you like?

Talk to the people you’re traveling with to determine the answer to these questions. In most cases, the best choice is to book a condo for your accommodations. There are many benefits to a condo vs. a hotel room:

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Space

Condos have much more space than hotel rooms. For example, here at Mauna Lani Point, our condos range is size from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet, and have multiple bedrooms. More space equals more room to relax!

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Kitchen

Hotel rooms do not usually have kitchens. Our condos are equipped with a full gourmet kitchen. This means you’ll save money by not having to eat every meal out at a restaurant. This will save you a lot of money in the long run!

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Special Amenities

When you stay at a condo, you have access to special amenities. Our condos are equipped with a private lanai where you can drink your coffee in the morning, or have a meal. Also, when you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you have access to the Beach Club.

Step Three: Choose Your Activities

After you’ve chosen the island you want to visit, and the place you want to stay, the next step is to decide which activities you want to enjoy while on vacation.  Each island has something specific to offer visitors. If you make your home base Mauna Lani Point on Hawaii, the Big Island, there are countless sights to see. Here are a few examples to get you started:

No matter what island you choose to visit, where you stay, or what activities you enjoy while visiting Hawaii, we are sure you will find it magical and full of adventure. As a Hawaiian proverb wisely says:

“After all, Hawaii is the best land.”

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Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii is known for its natural beauty. The beaches, the dramatic cliffs, the boldly colored sunsets- Hawaii is truly, naturally gorgeous. Amongst some of these natural must-see spectacles are the state parks the separate islands offer. Each island offers different and amazing parks that everyone should see for themselves. When it comes to the Big Island, there is no shortage of inspiration. Here are three of our favorite parks on the Big Island.

Wailuku River state park is a 16.3 acre sized land decorated with natural spectacles. Of these spectacles is the 80ft waterfall, also known as Rainbow Falls. The waterfall is known for the rainbow it makes from the mist on the mornings of most days. There is also what is known as the “Boiling Pots”, which is a collection of big pools that are linked by underground water passages. The water in these pools roll and bubble from the underground passages, giving them the effect of “boiling”.

Akaka Falls state park boasts 65.4 acres of pristine Hawaiian landscape. The main attraction is a 442ft heavenly waterfall that cuts through green vegetated cliff walls into a dark black gorge. The falls are ethereal. At this park, for an entry of $5, one can walk around a .4 mile loop footpath that offers stunning views of the falls. The footpath does require some physical exertion, so plan accordingly.

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) is a stretch of top choice Hawaiian sand that sits on some the clearest and blue water the Pacific Ocean offers. There are picnic tables- perfect for an outdoor lunch! A 4.5 mile hike north through the park that follows the famous coastal tail, Ala Kahakai, will take one to Kua Bay. Along the hike, one can enjoy the view atop the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, which stands at 342 feet high and overlooks the coastline (a sure Instagram hit).  Be sure to bring water, as there is no drinking water available at the park.

These parks offer something truly beautiful and unique that stand out amongst the Hawaiian land. Go out, explore, witness, and be inspired. There is a world worth seeing, go see it!

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Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open

Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open- Hawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year, is taking place this year, Friday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 14. The tournament is held on the lush and pristine South and North courses of the resort. The courses, set on the serene Hawaiian island, are truly majestic with their perfect grasses and spectacular views. The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament flaunts not only majestic natural scenery but also top golf talent. Players will enjoy the immaculate and challenging course alongside beautiful and serene views overlooking the Hawaiian landscapes and Pacific Ocean whilst playing among challenging and notable talent.

Last year’s title holder- Nick Mason- birdied himself to victory over defending champion Dean Wilson. Mason won the tournament with a score of 4 under 68 in his final round. The tournament ended in a dramatic finale when Nick Mason took the title despite the volcanic fog looming over the course.

Registration for this year’s tournament opens Oct. 10 and closes on Nov. 29 at 5:00pm. The fee prices vary upon the player. The different divisions are as listed: A-Flight (Men), Men’s Open, Pro Senior, and Women’s Open. The tournament is formatted for six-person groups, including five amateurs and one professional. You have the option of inviting your own professional for your group. If not, the tournament committee will choose a professional for your team. For more info and entry forms, please visit this webpage: http://www.aspga.com/category/homepage/

Players and participants are offered special rates for lodging accommodations at the Maui Lani Resort. Players and participants can book ocean side rooms at the luxurious resort in order to fully soak up the premium golf and the exceptional accommodations sitting alongside of the courses. Rates and offers as well as terms and conditions can be viewed through the following website:

http://alohapga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/alohapga13/event/alohapga1325/index.htm

 

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Big Island to feature local music and 30th annual county fair

The Big Island is a land of tradition; a land of many landscapes and majestic beauty; a land of untamed waters and paradise beaches; a land of rich culture and vibrant locals. Much like any other weekend, the Big Island will begin this weekend with the tradition of “Aloha Friday on the Porch.” Always a free event sponsored by the local municipality, this weekend local Volcano-area resident Wes Awana brings his ukulele and his love of Hawaii to serenade your inner-islander. After a short performance involving lessons and anecdotes about the rich culture of the island, Awana will then share his love of the ukulele by offering a family-friendly workshop offering tips and lessons on how to harmonically manipulate the original instrument of the islands.

After a Friday celebrating the original harmony of the island sounds, this weekend plans big with the 30th annual Kohala Country State Fair.  Promoted and organized by local community members, the County Fair will feature local community leaders and businesses working together in order to keep this annual event free to the public. Aiming to make this year the biggest and best it’s ever been, the fair will feature such musical acts as: the Keawe Trio, North Shor Live, LavaRoots African dance and drumming, and the HICCUP children’s circus. Between these local acts, the old-fashioned country games and over 100 local vendors of both food and other crafts, this fair is poised to be a blast for the whole family and a sure-fire way to have the best 30th birthday a fair could have!

 

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Experience Volcanic Adventure on Hawaii Island

Scientists monitor new eruptions at Hawaii volcanoHere on Hawaii Island you can expect warm breezes, sunny beaches, and plenty of time spent listening to the gentle ocean waves lap softy on Hawaiian shores. But what if you want a little more adventure? Maybe your ideal day in paradise isn’t spent drinking a daiquiri on the beautiful Hawaii oceanfront. Maybe instead, you have an un-quenched thirst for adventure! Well, fear not! Although Hawaii Island is famous for its resorts and tranquil beaches, there are plenty of thrilling activities on our Island to enjoy. And at the top of our list? Seeing a live volcano.

 

Booking an aerial tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Mt. Kilauea is an unforgettable experience. Several companies offer helicopters tours into the airspace surrounding the only active volcano in Hawaii. A flight over Mt. Kilauea allows you and your friends to see stunning, active lava flows that are completely inaccessible from the ground. The surrounding terrain is comprised of stunning natural features, formed by lava flows dating back more than thirty years. The aerial tours are full of breathtaking views that complete the perfect Hawaiian vacation.

 

After the helicopter tour, many companies also offer on-foot tour guides. Visitors are able to explore the rugged lava rock and extinct lava tubes, far from the reach of civilization. The on-foot guide is a starkly different perspective of Mt. Kilauea than offered by the aerial tours. In fact, the area is so powerful and raw that it almost feels prehistoric, and gives its viewers a glimpse into the unique geological history of the Hawaiian Islands.

 

The on-foot tours will even take you as close to the Halema’uam’u crater as the State Civil Defense apartment allows, clambering over volcanic rock and circumventing hot steam vents in order to bear witness to the most active volcano in the entire world. Sound like enough adventure for you? Afterwards, come back relax and watch the sun go down.
 

 

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