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A Day Trip to the Big Island Volcano Park from Mauna Lani Point

Traveling to Hawaii without a visit to the big island volcano park is a travesty. The volcano is magnificent: In fact, it is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. If you’re staying at Mauna Lani Point, here is all the information you need to plan a day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Travel Time and Routes

If you’re staying on the west side of the big island, in the beautiful condos at Mauna Lani, you’ll need to plan on a drive of at most three hours. There are two different routes you can take:

  • Coastal Route: This route is indirect, but you’ll drive along the coast, which will give you beautiful views of the ocean. It takes a little under 3 hours, but you’ll enjoy much more coastal scenery (learn more about this scenic route).
  • Inland Route: The inland route will get you to the big island volcano park in just over 2 hours, so this is the best option if you want to arrive sooner. This route is beautiful as well – you’ll drive through the Hilo Forest Reserve!

Regardless of the route you take to get to the big island volcano park, keep in mind to add some extra time, as you’ll likely want to stop and explore and take pictures along the way!

Where to Go

The visitor’s center is open from 7:45 to 5:00pm daily. This is a great place to start, as you can get information, pick up trail and park maps, ask about guided tours or other special events, and learn about the best to see the lava activity. Next, choose a drive or a hike that is of interest to your group. Be sure to bring lots of water, pack good snacks, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Avoid going off-trail, and be sure to check on current lava flow activity before you begin your hike! For a great list of things to do and see in the park (including places to eat), visit the follow site.

Visiting the Big Island Volcano Park: Enjoy the Moment

Our advice when visiting the big island volcano park is to enjoy the moment. Nothing is more magnificent than watching lava ebb and flow. This is one of nature’s most stunning gifts, and it’s incredible to sit back and watch the beauty unfold. This video captures the magic of visiting the big island volcano park perfectly:

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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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Mauna Lani Point Attractions: Hiking to Honoka’ope Beach

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.”
– Paul Theroux

There are few things as beautiful as walking or hiking on a beach in paradise. And, when you stay at Mauna Lani Point resort on the Big Island, Hawaii, you have easy access to one of the most stunning, rugged parts of this stunning place. An early morning hike among the lava fields can open your eyes to the beauty and serenity of Hawaii, and provide the added benefit of starting your day of early. Only a short hike from Mauna Lani Point is Honoka’ope Bay and a beach area. This video provides an overview of this gorgeous place:

Hiking from the Resort to the Bay

It’s very easy to access the bay and beach from the Mauna Lani Point resort. Just pick up the trail, which winds through the golf course. There is a fisherman’s trail to Honakaope that winds through the lava rock. The beach and bay area are stunning and rocky. You can snorkel there, but the water can be a bit murky. It is an excellent place to lay out your beach towel, read, swim, and keep your eyes peeled for whales. Locals love the area for free diving and fishing, so please be respectful of the area.

Mauna Lani Point:
The Best Choice for Lodging

When you visit Hawaii, it’s important that you feel comfortable at your lodgings. Mauna Lani Point is the best place for you and your family to stay while on vacation, for a few reasons:

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Large Luxury Condos:

While most hotel rooms are around 400 square feet, the Mauna Lani condos are 1,500 – 1,900 square feet. The luxury condo space will feel like your home away from home.

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Oceanfront Rooms:

Mauna Lani Point is an oceanfront condo rental property, so you have gorgeous, sunny views of the ocean right from where you are staying.

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Many Amenities:

There are countless amenities at Mauna Lani Point. The golf courses in the area are famous for their ocean views. And, Mauna Lani Point also gives you access to free parking, free high-speed internet, a fully-equipped kitchen, and no resort fee. You also have access to a secluded, white-sandy beach cove.

Mauna Lani Point really is the best place to stay when you are visiting Hawaii. With easy access to Honoka’ope Beach, and other beautiful places in the area, you and your family will enjoy the area as much as the locals, and long to come back after you head home.

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Where to stay in Hawaii: Trust Guest Reviews

How do you decide where to stay in Hawaii on your next vacation? Every resort’s website is full of stunning pictures of the ocean, smiling people engaged in water activities or sunning majestically on a lounge chair by the pool. The hotel’s location on the island is certainly a consideration, as are their amenities but nothing speaks louder than guest reviews of the property.

In a recent study conducted by TripAdvisor, 89% of Travelers were influenced by reviews when booking their accommodations; 65% by online travel reviews and 48% by personal recommendations. Many people take to the Internet for help in choosing their vacation rental either by asking their social community for recommendations or by reading online reviews, which they perceive as less biased than the resort’s information.

It isn’t all about the 5-star reviews, travelers also want to see how staff, the concierge and management dealt with any issues that arose. Consumers don’t expect perfection, in fact, they usually regard it with suspicion but reviews that highlight exemplary service stand out.

First ClassTripAdvisor Review
Mauna Lani is a first class resort with every possible amenity you could want in a resort.

Wonderful place to stay!”  TripAdvisor Review
This place was gorgeous. As soon as we walked in my daughter and I were drop-jawed and so happy with the view!

Amazing vacation”  Yelp Review
The Mauna Lani Resort is truly paradise and heaven on earth. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go again.

Terrific Stay!!!TripAdvisor Review
This was a great choice for our Big Island vacation. We’ve previously stayed at the Hilton Waikaloa which is nice, but Mauna Lani Point is like home.

When you are reading reviews, keep some things in mind:
Recent Stays: you want to look at the most recent reviews to ensure that their experience will closely mirror your own. Management changes, renovations are made, staffing is corrected.

Descriptive Reviews: for a Hawaii vacation for example, see what guests have to say about the resort grounds, views and location as well as amenities, customer service and local dining recommendations.

Action Words: look for adjectives to best describe the resort such as peaceful, serene, family-friendly, fun, exciting or luxurious.

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What you may not know about Hawaii

  1. Hawaii state’s nickname is “Aloha State’, because the word ‘Aloha’ is one of the most commonly used words in Hawaiian Language. Based on the context, Aloha can mean ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘love’, ‘best wishes’ or even ‘goodbye’
  1. Hawaii is the longest island chain in the world, spanning over 1,500 miles
  1. Hawaii has 4th longest coastline in the U.S. at 750 miles, behind Alaska, Florida and California
  1. There are eight main islands and 124 smaller uninhabited ones. The Big Island is twice the size of all the other islands put together.
  1. The Hawaii Islands have green, yellow, red, black and white colored beaches created by olivine, limestone, quartz, iron, lava or obsidian
  1. The Big Island grows by more than 42 acres a year due to the 30 years of near-constant eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano.
  1. From the sea floor, Mauna Kea measures 33,476 feet, more than twice as tall as Mount Everest. At 13,796 feet, Mauna Kea is Hawaii’s tallest volcano, now dormant.
  1. Ka Lae on the Big Island, aka the South Point, is the southernmost point in the United States.
  1. Everyone is a minority in Hawaii—there are no racial majorities. Haoles or Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16%, and Chinese-Americans about 5%. Most of the population has mixed ethnicity.
  1. Hawaiian words end only in vowels, and every consonant must be followed by a vowel. There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet and every word—and syllable—ends with one of five vowels. That apostrophe-like mark you see in some Hawaiian words is called an ʻ It’s a consonant that signifies a slight pause.
  1. Kona coffee is grown on the leeward side of the Big Island on the volcanic slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Any coffee cultivated outside the Kona District cannot carry the Kona name.
  1. Hawaii is the only US state with a tropical rain forest.
  1. A Lei is presented upon arriving and leaving as a form of affection. It is impolite to refuse a lei or remove it in front of the person who presented it. Lei should not be thrown away but returned to the earth by burying, burning or hanging as a decoration.
  1. Hawaiians have a longer lifespan than residents of any other state in the US with an average of 81.3 years. Probably because of their spirit of Aloha and Ohana.

 

Sources: RandomHistory.com; Facts.co; Mnn.com; MemtalFloss.com

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