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!


Warm weather condo vacations on Hawaii the Big Island

You could be here! It’s a sunny 80 degrees every day and guests of Mauna Lani Point are enjoying this view.  Golf is the main draw to this dry sunny coast and you’ll have a choice of many top-rated courses.

Gather your friends to share the sun and fun at Mauna Lani Resort. Of course a condo vacation offers savings and lavish space. Guests love that Mauna Lani Point promises No Resort Fee yet daily maid service is included. The convenience of a gourmet kitchen adds savings.  You can enjoy easy meals on your private lanai as an alternative to restaurants 3x/day.

Reserve now for the condo vacation of your dreams and the best choice of dates.


Golf courses galore and the Mauna Lani condo advantages

Choose a Mauna Lani Point condo and golf at a different ocean view course every day! Each Hawaii golf course the best in it’s own way. And come home to the condo advantages of Mauna Lani Point: 4x more space than a hotel room, no resort fee, daily maid service, a gourmet kitchen that you can stock with your favorite foods & beverages and the endless enjoyment of a large private lanai!

First of all, within Mauna Lani Resort and within minutes of your luxurious Mauna Lani Point condo:

Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. Ii Brown Golf Courses

The Mauna Lani golf courses are immediately recognizable for the stark contrasting beauty of black lava and emerald green fairways.

Hawaii Golf

South Course

The South Course former home to the annual Senior Skins Game from 1990 – 2000. The resort is now home to the prestigous Hawaii State Open.  The South Course snakes through the stark, rugged a’a lava of the prehistoric Kaniku lava flow, offering a panorama of mountain and ocean views alongside a challenging golf experience. No. 15 is one of the most photographed over-the-water golf course holes in the world.

North Course

The North Course represents the quintessential golf experience on the Big Island. Built on a lava bed, it is characterized by rolling terrain punctuated by kiawe (mesquite) forests.  Number 17 is a par three tucked into a natural lava amphitheater and one of Mauna Lani resort signature holes.

And just a few miles down the road, Hapuna and Mauna Kea Golf Courses:

Mauna Kea Golf Course

About 8 ½ miles from Mauna Lani is Mauna Kea’s 18-hole championship golf course.

Created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this famous course remains an all-time favorite in beauty and design with elevated, undulating greens and prevailing coastal winds that demand accuracy. The Mauna Kea course offers dramatic coastal views including the signature 3rd hole that stretches across a surging inlet. Golf Digest, America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, 2009-2016.

Hapuna Golf Course

It’s an easy drive of about 8 ½ miles along Highway 19 to the Hapuna Golf Course.

This beautiful course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay climbs from sea level to 700 feet and boasts a view of the coastline and the ocean from every hole. Well-designed, challenging for experienced players and fun for all levels of play.

Consider reserving your tee times soon after you confirm your Mauna Lani Point condo. The weather is sunny, dry and perfect for golf!




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!


Condo vacations on Mauna Lani’s oceanfront fairways

Mauna Lani Point offers the opportunity to live the good life on Mauna Lani’s world famous fairways. Settle into a spacious Mauna Lani Point luxury condo and try out the golf resort lifestyle!

Relax after a day on the Mauna Lani Golf Course and enjoy oceanfront fairway views like this. Cocktails on your private lanai can be just the right start to an evening at one of the Resort’s many restaurants.

The soft green lawns that provide luxurious space around the condos add to the unique appeal of Mauna Lani Point. Some guests choose to stock their fully equipped gourmet kitchen and prepare easy meals. The savings are significant and breakfast on your private lanai becomes a daily pleasure.


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!


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!



Authentic Hawaiian experience of storytelling & music

Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a

Every month from 5:30-8:30 p.m., on the Saturday closest to the full moon, you can experience a magical evening of authentic Hawaiian storytelling and music. You’ll feel that you’ve gone back in time. Local residents mix with resort guests in a very casual setting. Find a spot on the grassy lawn to spread out your towel or mat, and settle into the old time Hawaiian atmosphere.


Hosted by Mauna Lani historian and musician Danny Akaka at the oceanfront Eva Woods Parker cottage. Complimentary and just a stroll from the Mauna Lani Beach Club. Bring a sunset picnic from the gourmet kitchen at your Mauna Lani Point condo. Or after the event, make a reservation for dinner at Na Pua restaurant (at the Mauna Lani Beach Club). You’ll have memories of a uniquely Hawaiian evening.


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!


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



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