A private oceanfront sanctuary with boundless open air experiences. Your one-of-a-kind adventure begins here.

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Welcome to Mauna Lani

On the dramatic Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani’s secluded beaches, coral reefs, and ancient fishponds set the stage for transformative experiences. Gather with friends and family at the Hālau, our open-air village center that serves as the vibrant heart of the resort. Come here to plan island adventures, meet friends after a gym workout, and experience the spa and shops and fresh culinary delights. Continue onto the Great Lawn—an expansive grassy playground with palm-fringed swimming pools, the HāLani restaurant, and Hā Bar. Wander down to the Surf Shack, which anchors the Great Lawn to an expansive white sand beach. After exploring the storied coastline, make new memories with dinner at the celebrated CanoeHouse.

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Go Home with a Story

Aerial view of the Surf Shack at Mauna Lani
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Bookend Your Journey

Mauna Lani’s Ultimate Toes-in-the-Sand Hangout, The Surf Shack

Adventures begin and end at the Surf Shack. Inspired by Hawai’i’s iconic surf dens of yesteryear, the Surf Shack is a place of comradery and connectivity, linking Mauna Lani’s white sand beach to the Great Lawn, where family and friends of all ages unearth youth in the form of playful childhood games while marveling wondrously at the ever changing colors of the Hawaiian sunset. Grab your gear, talk story with friends old and new, and ponder the adventures that await as our pro watermen and women prime your journey with ancient Hawaiian wisdom and tales of their ancestors. And after you’ve experienced the inspiring ways of Kainalu, kick back, relax and reflect on the invaluable memories you’ve made as you savor fresh ahi poke in tandem with the sounds of live, local musicians.

Be Together | Holidays at Mauna Lani

We’ve crafted a world of festive wonder that plays out across sun-kissed landscapes and under starry skies.


A Private Paradise to Call Your Own. Curated Residential Escapes

Close to home, but a world away. Elevate living in Mauna Lani's five private 4,000 square foot open-air oceanfront residences. Set in a private neighborhood just steps from the beach and a one-minute golf cart ride to the resort.

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Read the Stories

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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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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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Do Awaken Your Inner Athlete

Hawaiians have honed their relationship to the sea over many centuries. Daring to ride the biggest waves, sail outrigger canoes across Earth’s largest ocean, and dive into the sea’s salty depths, Hawaiian watermen and women have shown the rest of the world what is possible. Drawing upon this ancient expertise, guests are invited to paddle, pedal and perform by way of Kainalu Sports.

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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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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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