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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Hawaii: Enjoy the Sun and Waves at Mauna Lani Point

Hawaii is the destination for adventurers from all over the world. Hawaii’s white, sandy beaches, dense rain forests, cascading waterfalls, and stunning ocean views are a veritable playground for people of all ages. One of the best activities to try during your stay at Mauna Lani Point is paddle boarding: There’s nothing quite like skimming above crystal-clear water, looking down on the wildlife below, and feeling the warm sun on your back. And, stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii is for everyone: It’s a great choice for beginners and the experienced alike. Here are a few tips for people looking to enjoy Hawaii on the water this year.

What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

You likely have heard of stand up paddle boarding: It has become very popular in the last 10 years, but has much older origins. No one knows when it originated: Ancient cultures have used canoes they propelled with paddles while standing up for many purposes – for battle, hunting, and transportation. Hawaii plays a role in its history as well. In 1778, when Captain James Cook first sailed to the Hawaiian Islands, he saw the first surfers – native Hawaiians surfed the waves, often using paddles to propel themselves forward. Today, people from all walks of life enjoy standing up on their board, and exploring the coves, inlets, and beaches of Hawaii.

Fun for All

Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world. This is likely because a), it is a ton of fun, b). it’s a great workout, and c). it’s easy to learn, so anyone can do it! The best part about paddle boarding is that you can get started easily. Everyone in the family can rent or share a board, and get out and enjoy the sun and waves.

SUP Rentals: Where to Go

There are many places where you can rent a stand up paddle board near your condo at Mauna Lani Point. One of our favorite rental options is Hilo SUP Rentals. They are located a 4-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point. The local shop is owned by Jun and Sarah, and offers SUP rentals as well as lessons! For additional options, stop by our guest services desk to learn more.

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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!

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Tour the Petroglyphs Hawaii from Your Mauna Lani Point Condo

When you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you’ll have access to everything Hawaii has to offer: Vast oceans teeming with sea creatures, white, sandy beaches, and a rich cultural history: There are many petroglyphs in Hawaii. Visiting these ancient sites provides a glimpse into a vibrant history. Here is an overview of the petroglyph sites you can see easily from your home base at Mauna Lani Point.

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Located just south of Mauna Lani Point, the Puako Petroglyph Archeological Preserve is one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in all of Hawaii. There are more than a thousand petroglyphs within the park itself. Native Hawaiians carved the petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, centuries ago. Keep your eyes peeled for carvings of turtles, canoes, and humans.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical park is home to 1160-acres, and petroglyphs are located all throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for the ancient artwork, as you explore the area, which is full of fishponds, temples (heiau), house sites (kahua), and a stone slide (holua).

Puuloa Petroglyphs

While the Puuloa Petroglyphs are a bit of a drive for those staying at Mauna Lani Point, they are well worth the drive. Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuloa is home to over 23,000 carved images found scattered throughout the lava rock. You can walk through the park yourself (it’s less than a mile), or take a guided tour, which will explain the history of the area.

Visit the Many Petroglyphs Hawaii for a Historic Trip

While the sand, surf, and sun of Hawaii is important to enjoy, there’s something special about catching a glimpse of the rich history of the island and its ancient residents. Seeing petroglyphs Hawaii will allow you to understand the culture in a different way, making for a truly memorable trip. And, when you stay at Mauna Lani Point, you have access to petroglyphs only a short distance away!

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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!

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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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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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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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Kohala Coast: A Venture into the Past

Hawaii is known for its lush landscape and tropical atmosphere but the Island is also rich in history and varying scenery. During your Big Island vacation, take a day to follow the Kohala Coast from Mauna Lani Point ending with a spectacular view at Pololu Overlook. You will observe the lava laden terrain disappear into undeveloped pastoral surrounding. And the formation in black sand of the beach below the cliffs at Pololu.

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
Centuries ago, indigenous Hawaiians etched carvings into the lava rock that was plentiful at the time. Thousands of petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, were believed to be records of births and mark other significant events in the lives of the local people. You’ll see petroglyph carvings of human forms, canoes, turtles and more.

Pokohola Heiau National Historic Site
Under advisement by his priest, King Kamehameha built and dedicated Puukohola Heiau to the war god Kukailimoku, to help in his efforts to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Heiau, meaning temple, are sacred places of worship for Native Hawaiians, and Puukohola Heiau was a site built in 1791 to fulfill a historic prophecy. The temple lava rocks were thought to have been passed hand-by-hand in a human chain all the way from Pololu Valley, more than 25 miles away. The Pokohola Heiau is believed to be one of the last sacred structures built in the Hawaiian Islands before western influence.

Hawi
Hawi, on the northern tip of the Kohala Coast was once the center for the sugar industry, now defunct. In the village you’ll find quaint art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants housed in historic plantation buildings. The boutiques sell hand-crafted jewelry, genuine Kona coffee and homemade brownies. Stop at the Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery for an authentic island style meal. There were once voted best restaurant on Hawaii Island.

Kamehameha Statue, Kapaau
A great warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. Kamehameha I was destined for greatness from birth. Hawaiian legend prophesized that a light in the sky with feathers like a bird would signal the birth of a great chief. Historians believe Kamehameha was born in 1758, the year Halley’s Comet passed over Hawaii. ). Kamehameha was trained as a warrior and his legendary strength was proven when he overturned the Naha Stone, which reportedly weighs between 2.5 and 3.5 tons. Legend had it that whoever had the strength to move the Naha Stone would rule the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha’s unification of Hawaii was significant not only because it was an incredible feat, but also because under separate rule, the Islands may have been torn apart by competing western interests.

Pololu Overlook
View the stunning luxuriant cliffs of Pololu Valley and the vivid northeastern coastline. The panoramic outlook includes outcroppings and the stretch of splendid black sand beaches. The experience will be well worth the drive and is unforgettable.

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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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Discover the wonder of the Big Island’s volcanos

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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

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Experience the PGA in Hawaii

For the past 15 years, the Mitsubishi Electric PGA Champions Golf Tour has held its first match of the year on the Big Island. The event, held annually at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, features 40 top golfers aged 50 and above. This upcoming year, the 2013 tournament will be held on January 18th – 21st.


In order to qualify to play, each golfer must have won a Champions Tour event or any other PGA majors or money event. The total purse of $2 million dollars brings out the best of the best golfers and the event is not one to be missed.


In previous years, icons like Tom Watson and Dan Forsman have walked away with the win. Who will do it this year? Make a weekend of it and come watch for yourself!


Additional information can be found on the Offical Site of the PGA Champions Tour or on the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website.

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