Mauna Lani - Now Welcoming Guests to Paradise

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WELCOME TO MAUNA LANI

Along the majestic Kona coast, palm trees bend over glittering fishponds. Warrior kings once came here to rest and recuperate. Today this hidden oasis is home to Mauna Lani—an incarnation of ancient wisdom and modern luxury. Let this potent paradise rejuvenate and nourish you. Discover the meaning of ‘ohana—the Hawaiian word for family.

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Ocean View Suite
Seamlessly blending the natural beauty of the outdoors in, the one bedroom suite offers ample room and panoramic oceanfront views.

Kids run on the beach as part of Mauna Lani's Holoholo kids club
Mauna Lani South Side Porch
The Gathering Place
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E ola mau ka Mo`olelo - Let the Stories Live On

Mauna Lani unfolds across 32 sun-kissed, oceanfront acres. Embedded within a natural sanctuary of royal fishponds, verdant gardens, and coral-strewn coves, five private bungalows and 333 guest rooms and suites set the stage for transformative experiences. Activity at the resort radiates out from the Halau, a central meeting place and the cultural heart of Mauna Lani. Guests pass through this vibrant nexus on their way to the beach, three pools, or one of the resort’s five extraordinary restaurants and lounges. In addition to a signature spa and two top-ranked golf courses, Mauna Lani offers guests unparalleled opportunities to engage with Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural treasures. The programs offered at the Kainalu Sports, Hale ‘I‘ike Cultural Center, and Holoholo Kids Crew are sophisticated and enriching. Whatever fantasy adventure guests seek to tick off their bucket lists, the passionate team at Mauna Lani can help them manifest it. Just about anything is possible here, from snorkeling among colorful coral to stargazing atop the snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea.

SOULFUL JOURNEYS

Offering curated experiences with a distinctive character reminiscent of Authentic Hawaii, a passionate team will guide guests on every ocean pursuit imaginable—from outrigger canoeing, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, to snorkeling right off the resort’s main beach and nearby Makaiwa Bay.

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Blowing of the conch shell with Danny Akaka

Authentic Cultural Togetherness

Respect and nurture Kalāhuipua‘a’s rich cultural heritage through authentic experiences, and engaging programs.

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We felt like we were snorkeling in an aquarium and loved being able to run in the resort, rent snorkel equipment, paddle board and enjoy the beach! We will definitely come back.
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Go Connecting with the Spirit of Hawaii

Hiking through Kalāhuipua‘a Historic Park, we stopped along the trail to appreciate the variety of petroglyphs that depict primitive life symbols and provide a view into Hawaiʻi’s rich and ancient history. The area also offers around 40 natural caves composed of lava tubes and partially collapsed lava bubbles that are perfect for exploring, and we were in search of one cave in particular – the mythical “spirit cave”. A short hike from our retreat at Mauna Lani, I was tipped off about the park’s unusual cave during a discussion with Uncle Danny, the resort’s resident expert in Hawaiian history and culture. 

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Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a at Mauna Lani

Celebrate Hawaiian Stars Under the Full Moon

The last time I attended the Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a concert series, a beautiful Hawaiian woman jumped up from the audience to dance the hula. Barefoot, with a bright red hibiscus tucked behind her ear, she knew every step by heart. The crowd showered her with applause as she swayed in perfect time to the lilting melodies of old Hawaii.

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Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond at Mauna Lani

Do How an Ancient Fishpond Breathes

Fat silver fish turn figure eights beneath the surface of Lāhuipua‘a fishpond. Every now and then I catch the flash of an eel’s tail disappearing into the shadows. A slender rock wall encircles the five-acre coastal pond. It’s one of seven ancient fishponds at Mauna Lani—waters once cherished by Hawaiian kings and fishermen alike. Watching ripples spread across the surface of Lāhuipua‘a, I imagine the hands that built its wall eight hundred years ago.

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UNCLE DANNY

Learn Talk Story With Uncle Danny

Danny Akaka, the resort’s resident expert in Hawaiian history and culture, is in high demand. No matter how many people file into the Hale I‘ike cultural center, each one of them receives the full benefit of his beaming smile and gracious attention. Akaka is the embodiment of aloha: generous, unhurried, and brimming with love for Hawai‘i and her people. Diplomacy runs in Akaka’s genes. His father was a respected U.S. Senator, his uncle coined the phrase “aloha spirit,” and his grandmother couldn’t let a tired taro farmer pass by her house without offering refreshment and a shady place to rest.

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