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Our Mauna Lani vacation rentals are set amidst the ocean and mountain scenery of the sunny Kohala Coast close to great beaches, shopping and dining providing you with everything you need for a luxurious and relaxing Hawaiian vacation.
Things To Do
A variety of fun activities await you at Mauna Lani including golf and tennis, cultural tours and luxurious spa treatments. Relax at the beach and snorkel in the clear blue waters to see the variety tropical fish and other marine life. Take a drive down along the Kona Coast to historic Kailua village or north to Waimea town, Hawi and Kapaau. Drive along the scenic Hamakua Coast to Akaka Falls, Hilo town and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Golfers will enjoy the verdant fairways of the Mauna Lani Resort North Course with it's distinctive water-guarded greens, and also the South Course featuring the often-photographed over-the-water hole 15. The South Course is recommended for honing your skills before attempting the more challenging layout of the North Course.
Beautiful beaches in this area include Hapuna Beach, which is the island's largest white sand beach, and also Anaehoomalu Bay which is good for snorkeling and scuba diving, and the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Kaunaoa Beach is a lovely crescent of sand also known as Mauna Kea Beach, located on Kaunaoa Bay. Snorkeling and swimming are usually very good at Samuel Spencer Beach Park which is protected by an outside reef, and it's also just a short walk from the historic Puukohola Heiau built by King Kamehameha I.
Dining options are numerous at The Shops at Mauna Lani. For exceptional Mexican food and margaritas check out Just Tacos Mexican Grill and Cantina, where you can get great tacos, fajitas, and their famed specialty margaritas. Also at the Shops at Mauna Lani is Ruth's Chris Steak House, Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar, and Foodland Farms gourmet market. The oceanfront CanoeHouse restaurant at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel enjoys great views of the Kohala shoreline and its crystal blue waters. Their plantation style menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients and you are likely to see live entertainment as well. For more dining choices explore the other resort areas of the Kohala Coast.
Browse the upscale Shops at Mauna Lani for unique gifts, fine fashions ukuleles and even water sports equipment rentals. Just Ukes, Sunglass Hut, Fine Hawaiian Gift Gallery and Oasis Lifestyle are some of the stores you will enjoy exploring along with several fine art galleries. For more shopping check out the other Kohala Resort areas, drive down to historic Kailua village on the Kona Coast, or north to Waimea, Hawi and Kapaau.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in Mauna Lani vacation rentals so you have easy access to the Kohala Coast's great beaches and attractions as well as day trips to the Kona Coast and historic Kailua village, Hilo, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's about a 20-mile drive from Mauna Lani to the airport in Kailua-Kona. The island's bus service, called Hele On Bus, is free and stops at various points around the island including transportation between Kona and Hilo every day except Sunday.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
The Mauna Lani region on the Kohala Coast is known for its sunny weather which remains relatively stable all year around. Both the Kohala and Kona coastlines on the Big Island's western shore are the warmest and driest areas of the island while Hilo on the northeast shore receives more rainfall. Expect average daily temperatures around 80 degrees F., perhaps a bit hotter in the summer and a bit cooler in the winter, with nighttime temperatures dropping about 15 degrees.
Ocean conditions vary widely at Big Island beaches with many areas exposed to strong currents and potentially dangerous surf, particularly during the winter months. Numerous beaches provide good protection from the open ocean and provide safe areas for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors are urged to only visit lifeguarded beaches for water activities and heed all posted warnings. Check with lifeguards about the safest areas to participate in the activities you choose.
Mauna Lani vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home including nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Browse through our Mauna Lani vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Mauna Lani accommodation for your dream Big Island vacation. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Mauna Lani, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Mauna Lani rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
This area is rich in history and home to ancient Hawaiian fishponds as well as fields of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and other preserved historic and cultural sites. One significant cultural site is the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Puuhonua O Honaunau is an ancient Hawaiian cultural site located in south Kona where you can take a self-guided tour of the grounds that once served as a sacred place of refuge.