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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:

Check-IconVisit a Ranch

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.

Check-IconVisit a White Sandy Beach

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!

Check-IconCheck out Petroglyphs

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!




Unique Hawaii Vacation Experiences

When one thinks of a traditional Hawaiian vacation usually beach time, playing in the surf and fruity drinks come to mind. Though the Islands of Hawaii welcomes over 7 million visitors each year, the diverse culture, history, ecology and agriculture makes for an ideal vacation that stands out from the customary tropical escape. The Big Island has adventures awaiting families, retired explorers and young adults searching for a unique way to discover Hawaii.


The term eco-tourism is a relatively new idea to the travel industry. Eco-tourism doesn’t just mean getting acquainted with the wilderness, it is an education in the indigenous flora and fauna, the challenge to their existence and what guests can do to help cease the extinction and increase the sustainability of the environment. Hawaii has the highest number of endangered and threatened native plant and animal species of any place on the planet. The Big Island has many organizations and businesses that offer eco-friendly activities like hiking, biking and volcano tours. Mauna Lani Resort has in fact been named one of the World’s Top Earth-Friendly Getaways by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Horseback Riding & Paniolo Ranches

A short distance from Mauna Lani Shores are the two most popular ranching areas of the Big Island, Waimea and North Kohala. Hawaiian Cowboys called Paniolo have a rich history of grazing, raising, and wrangling cattle and horses. Local ranches host guided tours either by horse-drawn carriage or by ATV or you can participate, hands-on in a cattle drive. Either way you will learn the fascinating history of the Paniolo in Hawaii.

Historic Islands

The Kona and Kohala Coasts are filled with historic locations such as King Kamehameha’s birth place and the site of Captain Cook’s death. You can visit sacred temples, called heiau at Puuhonua o Honaunau and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Parks. In Kailua you will find the first Christian Church built on the Big Island and the summer home to Hawaiian royalty, Hulihee Palace. To learn about the ancient history of native islanders and the varied immigrants that shaped the current multicultural ethos of Hawaii, tour the Lyman Mission House and Museum in Hilo.

Hawaii Food Tour Mauna Lani

Food Tours

Hawaii has become a mecca for foodies in the last few decades. The large amount of epicurean visitors, the mixture of various ethnic foods and cooking techniques and the growth in notoriety of some of our most iconic local chefs has made Hawaii and the Big Island a very popular culinary destination. Hawaiian Regional Cuisine is known for its use of locally-grown produce, sustainable products, humanely-raised meat and non-farmed fish. The quality of the ingredients and the commitment to ecological practices have raised the bar for this native gourmet cuisine. Some of the stand out restaurants and farms are Merriman’s in Waimea, Roy’s in Waikoloa and the Kahua Ranch on the Kohala Coast.


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:

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:



Explore Pu`ukohola Heiau History



There’s no denying that Classic Resorts at Mauna Lani is the best place to stay on the Big Island, with all of the luxury and space you may be tempted to never leave the resort – and we don’t blame you! But, we have to admit that the Big Island has some amazing historical locations that are a must see. Just a few miles up the road from Mauna Lani you will find Pu`ukohola Heiau, meaning “Temple on the Hill of the Whale”. Let’s explore some of Pu`ukohola Heiau history and we will give you some upcoming activities that are great for the whole family.


How many places in America can you walk in the footsteps of a king? Where else has a stranded sailor risen up to become a great chief over an entire island? Pu`ukohola Heiau of course!


Although there is some debate as to the precise year of Kamehameha I’s birth, Hawaiian legend claimed that a great king would one day unite the islands, and that the sign of his birth would be a comet. Halley’s Comet was visible from Hawaiʻi in 1758 and it is likely Kamehameha was born shortly after its appearance.


Around 1790 Kamehameha I rose into power and constructed Pu’ukohola Heiau. Heiau (temples) took on many forms from simple stone markers, to massive stone platforms associated with human sacrificial temples. Large heiau such as Pu’ukohola could only be accessed by the priests and chiefly classes.


One explanation for Kamehameha’s rise to power is based on the fulfillment of four prophecies that different kahuna (priests) decreed would change the course of history in Hawai’i. Each prophecy was directly related to Kamehameha either through his birth or his deeds. A different explanation for his rise to power is based on the political conflict on Hawai’i in the 1780s. It focuses on his uncles pushing Kamehameha I to the forefront in order to protect their own interests.


The end of the 1700s European explorers increased the number of visits to the Hawaiian Islands. With their trade ships, warships, cannon, and military experience, the foreigners were considered assets by the warring chiefs. Kamehameha was particularly astute on this point and took two young sailors captive, John Young and Isaac Davis. Young and Davis proved their courage and loyalty in battle and became close, trusted lieutenants to Kamehameha, aiding his rise to power. Their relationship lasted far beyond the battlefield and into everyday life, Young eventually becoming governor of the Big Island, and Davis of O’ahu.


John Young also handled the king’s business affairs with foreign traders. As a trusted advisor held in high esteem, the king granted him land at Kawaihae, adjoining Pu’ukohola, for a home. Young first built a small home near the beach below the heiau. Later, he built a larger compound just north of the heiau. His plaster-covered stone house was the first Western style structure in Hawai’i. John Young’s homestead is a part of Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and is being protected and preserved for future generations.


Pu’ukohola Heiau was designated in 1928 when it was commemorated as a Historical Landmark by the Hawaiian Territorial Government. In the 1960s, the Queen Emma Foundation and the Queen’s Medical Center, the Waimea and other Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and the local community groups were instrumental in getting Pu’ukohola Heiau designated as a National Historic Landmark.


The Queen Emma Foundation donated 34 acres of land in 1972 encompassing Pu’ukohola Heiau and the John Young Homestead made it possible for the establishment of Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Through an act of Congress on August 17, 1972, this site became one of the chosen few to be recognized as one of our nation’s crown jewels and national treasures, to be preserved and protected for future generations.


March Events

Coconut Leave Weaving

Join members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha for hands-on opportunities to learn how to weave various items out of coconut leaves (fish, small bowl, etc.).

March 17 10am -2pm


Whale Watches

Watch humpback whales with staff and volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). Learn about these “Giants of the Sea” while watching them at Pu`ukohola…”the Hill of the Whale”! These whale watches take place just outside of the park’s Visitor Center.

March 22 & 29 9am-11am


Lei Making

Learn about the art of Hawaiian Lei Making through hands-on demonstrations.

March 22 & 29 9am-1pm

Contact Pu’ukohola Heiau at 808-882-7218 ext. 1011 for more information.



Article content provided by our friends at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.




IRONMAN World Championships – October 13

In 1977, the inaugural running of the “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” occured as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at a local biathlon. San Diego-based John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i – the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon – into one event.

That first event saw people attempting to take on the IRONMAN challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!”

In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.

Now in its 34th year, the IRONMAN World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. ®” On October 13, nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of “IRONMAN.”



Thu. August 30, 2012 – Mon. September 3, 2012
Kamakahonu & Kailua Pier
75-5660 Palani Rd
Kaahumanu Place
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

6:00am – 4:00pm, Daily

International Paddlers Party starts at 6:00 pm (Aug 30) Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Race

The Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races is the world’s largest outigger canoe race in the world. Participants race in the beautiful waters of Kailua-Kona for 3 days. The race weekend also includes a luau, craft fair, Hawaiiana paddling clinic, Torchlight Parade, concert and much more. Join us for this action-packed, vibrant celebration of canoe racing…Historic Kailua Village is the center of the paddling universe during Labor Day weekend!

Contact Info: Amy Young, 808-769-0876,



Big Island Chocolate Festival

Enjoy a Magical Day of Everything Chocolate June 7-8, 2012


Big Island Chocolate Festival
Big Island Chocolate Festival


Experience chocolate in a place where it is grown, processed, celebrated and enjoyed! The Big Island of Hawaii!


Chocolate and Wine pairing

Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres, will lead the World Class Chocolate and Wine pairing

Tickets are $100 each, and a total of only 40 tickets will be sold.


Order Tickets for the Chocolate & Wine Pairing with Jacques Torres


Chocolate Festival Evening Gala

Friday, June 8, 2012 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM


  • 5:30 PM – VIP access, Blessing by Kumu Keala Ching, and Chefs ready for presentation
  • 5:45 PM – Judging begin
  • 6:00 PM – Doors Open and the fun begins! Welcome!
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Music by Cyril Pahinui
  • 7:00 PM – Welcome and acknowledgments by Farsheed Bonakdar, President of Kona Cacao Association
  • 7:10 PM to 7:30 PM – Live auction by Dick Hershberger
  • 7:30 PM – First silent auction table closes
  • 7:45 PM – Second silent auction table closes
  • 8:00 PM – Third table closes (Silent auction ends)
  • 8:00 PM – Chef Competition Awards Announced – Chocolate judging by both professional chefs and the public attendees
  • 8:15 PM to 10 PM – Dancing with Salsa Latinos
  • 10:00 PM – 2012 Big Island Chocolate Festival closes


Tasty & Educational Symposiums

Friday, June 8, 2012 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM


  • 11:00 to 12:00 Noon “Bean to Bar” with Tom Sharkey
  • 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM “Cacao History and Aztec Beverages” with Madre Chocolate co-founders David Elliott and Nat Bletter
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM “Chocolate Cocktails” presented by Four Seasons Resort Mixologist


Tickets Buy Now!

  • Evening Gala $75 ($85 at the door)
  • Chocolate & Wine Pairing $100
  • Symposiums $75 
  • Original Hawaiian Chocolate Farm Tour $12

Visit the website for more information


The Transit of Venus – June 5, 2012

The Transit of Venus is among the rarest astronomical phenomena and won’t happen again until the year 2117.


In Hawai’i, visitors can witness the totality of the transit as Venus moves across the face of the sun on June 5. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i is offering special talks, presentations, and activities for this special astronomical event.


On June 2, the Center will host talks and educational activities, and on June 5, Transit Day, the Center will have special planetarium programming, transit viewing, hands-on activities, and viewing of the NASA webcast of the transit from the University of Hawai’i Institute for Astronomy. For more information, visit or call (808) 969-9703.




Free Weekend at Volcanoes National Park Jan 14-16

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, national parks in the United States will be free this weekend, January 14-16! That means you can go see Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Puukohola Heiau for FREE this weekend… We LOVE free!!!

Volcano flowing in ocean
Volcano flowing in ocean