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No Resort Fee means Savings at Mauna Lani Point

Reserve your condo at Mauna Lani Point and save because here…there is No Resort Fee and no cleaning fee. And although guests enjoy significant savings with No Resort Fee, they still enjoy daily maid service, front desk and maintenance. Plus unlimited enjoyment of a private pool entertainment pavilion and access to the Mauna Lani Beach Club. Guests of the oceanfront Mauna Lani Point appreciate the significant savings and that there are no surprises at check out!

The issue of resort fees and hidden fees is in the news. “As part of nationwide push, state investigates ‘hidden’ resort fees…”

Additional savings come from a gourmet kitchen at Mauna Lani Point that makes easy meals an enjoyable activity to be shared. And the private grills in the pool pavilion invite sunset barbecues.  When you start to count the ways you can save at Mauna Lani Point, a Winter getaway is no longer in the realm of wishful thinking.  Reserve your condo today and soon you’ll be enjoying a sunset toast on your private lanai after a blissful day at the beach and pool!




Visit Pu’ukohola Heiau During Your Stay at Mauna Lani Point

Hawaii is a beautiful place. But, it is also an historical place. There aren’t many places in the world where you can watch sharks swim in the water over an ancient submerged temple – Hawaii is one of them. During your stay at Mauna Lani Point, we highly encourage you to take a trip to nearby Pu’ukohola Haiau, where you’ll be able to get a glimpse into the rich history of the island.

The History at Pu’ukohoala Heiau

Long before the time of King Kamehamaha I, the temple of Pu’ukohola Heiau was built. Today, its ruins are one of the last major ancient Hawaiian temples. The temple was built in 1790 to favor the war god Kūkaʻilimoku. Pu’ukohala Heiau means, “Temple on the Hill of the Whale.” It was built entirely by hand, and involved thousands of people in the building process. The building of the temple signaled the beginning of the unification of all the islands.

Things to See During Your Visit to Pu’ukohola Heiau

Pu’ukohola Heiau is truly a special place. You can see the temple, which is 224 by 100 feet, and surrounded by up to 20-ft walls around it. At the visitor’s center, you can enjoy a small museum, see historical exhibits, and watch videos that explain the history of the area. Additionally, there is a walking tour that allows you to see more sites in the area, including the homestead of John Young (a British sailor who was stranded there in 1790, and became a valuable aid to King Kamehameha I in the following years), and Mailekeini Heiau, which is much older temple, believed to have been built in the 1500’s. Our favorite spot to visit is Hale o Kapuni, which is a temple dedicated to the shark gods. It is completely submerged!

Getting to Pu’ukohola Heiau from Your Accommodations

Pu’ukohola Heiau is only a short, 15-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. Simply head north on HI-19 for about 6.5 miles, before turning left onto HI-270. Follow the signs for the historic site, and you’ll arrive in a few minutes. We hope you have a wonderful time during your visit to Pu’ukohola Heiau and your glimpse into ancient Hawaii!

Map to Pu’ukohola Heiau from Mauna Lani Point



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

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.


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.


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.


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!


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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Hawaii Island Hiking

HFT_BI HIKE_TSHawaii Island is heaven for hikers. Whether you’re looking for a challenging trail on fields of lava to short, scenic hikes through historic sites, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on Hawaii Island.

Most hiking adventures begin in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which offers more than 150-miles of trails. Stroll through Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), take a day hike along Chain of Craters Road or walk over volcanic fields to witness the power of creation as lava flows into the sea in Kalapana. For the well-equipped and experienced backpackers, hike overnight in the park’s backcountry. See a ranger at the Kilauea Visitor Center to get trail information, maps and permits.

Other famous hikes can be found on the Kona Coast on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, also known as the King’s Trail. This 175-mile trail weaves through hundreds of important cultural sites including sacred heiau (temples), Hawaiian fishponds, petroglyphs and other historic sites. You’ll also find a variety of other amazing hikes including the Pololu Valley Lookout in North Kohala which leads to a black sand beach and guided hikes into lush Waipio Valley, known as the Valley of Kings.

Always hike safely and make sure to take advantage of all safety tips and guidelines. When hiking on Hawaii Island, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:

– Good hiking shoes with tread
– Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
– Light shirt to keep cool
– Light rain jacket (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
– Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
– Mosquito repellent
– Cellphone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
– Work gloves

– Sweater
– First Aid Kit
– Additional water and food
– Flashlight
– Compass
– Map

For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your hike on Hawaii Island will reap unforgettable rewards.





Thank you to our friends at Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau for the content.


Discover the wonder of the Big Island’s volcanos


Did you know that Hawaii Island isn’t just big but it is still growing? The “youngest” island in the Hawaiian chain is the Island of Hawaii but it is also the largest – giving it the name “the Big Island”. The Big Island is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kilauea. Kilauea volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on earth and currently produces 250,000 – 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. As of January 1994, over 490 acres of new land has been created by Kilauea. The current eruption may last another 100 years or stop tomorrow. Pele, the volcano goddess who lives here, is very unpredictable. But the chance to watch Kilauea’s blistering lava flows meet the sea is just one of the reasons to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Founded in 1916, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.

The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

Some article copy provided by our friends at Hawaii Tourism Authority


Celebrate Queen Liliuokalani’s Birthday

Queen Liliuokalani was Hawaii’s last monarch, reigning until the monarchy was abolished in 1893.

Most beloved, each year her birthday is celebrated with an incredible festival, He Halia Aloha No Ka Queen Liliuokalani, which is held in the Liliuokalani Gardens, a Japanese-style gardens in Hilo which was named for her.

There will be hula demonstrations and traditional Hawaiian music.  Held in Hilo, about an hour drive from the Resort, this is one birthday celebration you will remember forever.

Where:  Liliuokalani Gardens, Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawaii
When: September 8, 2012, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
For more information, please call: 808-961-8706