Sunrise at Mauna Lani, Hawaii
Sunrise at Mauna Lani, Hawaii

Holidays at Mauna Lani

A Barefoot Holiday on the Big Island

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We know spending time together is the greatest gift, so gather the ohana and head for the cinematic Kohala Coast where we’ve crafted a world of festive wonder that plays out across sun-kissed landscapes and under starry skies. Evenings come to life with artisan night markets, starlit movie screenings and barefoot dining and dancing to curated music sets. There’s no better time than now to start a new holiday tradition.

Family playing on an outrigger canoe at Mauna Lani

Be Together

Each holiday celebration at Mauna Lani is a gift of treasured memories.
Oysters and fish at HaBar at Mauna Lani

Savor the Big Island's bounty

The mouthwatering scent of a Hawaiian luau greets you before you arrive at your table, soon to be spread with kālua pig, poi, fresh fish, lomi salmon and tropical fruits. Holiday feasts at Mauna Lani showcase Hawaii’s culinary treasures sourced from its sacred land and sea. Delight in an ocean harvest at Hālani, authentic tasting menus at CanoeHouse, music-themed dining experiences, and flights of locally brewed beers and Kuleana rum.

Person weaving palm fronds

Revel in Hawaiian holiday culture

Infuse your holiday with a sense of heritage and adventure. Uncle Danny, the resort’s beloved local historian, will orient you to Hawaii Island’s colorful culture as you stroll through the property’s ancient fishponds filled with silver fish, eel and endangered sea turtle hatchlings reared to return to the wild. The spa offers authentic Hawaiian therapies like the stress-busting Lomi Lomi massage passed down through generations so you can find deep relaxation long before Santa paddles in on his canoe bearing treats for the keiki.

Family on volcanic rocks by the beach in Hawaii

Discover Family adventures and total wellbeing

Fun fitness challenges from tennis tournaments to canoe races add a dose of friendly competition to the holiday season. At the Surf Shack, meet with Kainalu’s lifelong watermen and women who will help you sharpen your paddling, surfing and snorkeling skills. Or enlist onsite pros to help you refine your tennis backhand, golf swing or downward dog, while the little ones live it up at the Holo Holo kid’s club.


Thanksgiving Celebration

Palm trees with lights
lights strung on palm trees

November 21-28, 2021

Enjoy epic sunsets paired with the island’s fresh bounty. Surrounded by unparalleled Pacific Ocean views in a contemporary indoor-outdoor space, you'll bask in the mesmerizing glow of tiki torches and fire pits long after the sun has set. Thanksgiving festivities include:

  • Mauna Lani Sunset Luau
  • Stars and S'mores
  • Keiki Cinema Series: Aladdin
  • Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner at Hālani
  • A CanoeHouse Thanksgiving
  • Outrigger Canoe Paddle Race
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Race
  • Cliff Drysdale Tennis Tournament
  • Kids Tennis Camp & Clinics
  • Golf Wiki Wiki Course Low Round Tournament
  • Mauna Lani Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hula skirts
Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Luau, holiday style
Thanksgiving feast at Mauna Lani
Savor Thanksgiving dinner with local farmers’ bounty and locally harvested fish

Christmas Celebration

Surf Shack
Surf Shack

December 19-25, 2021

Twinkling lights wrapped around swaying palms, a driftwood Christmas tree and local Hawaiian carolers singing yuletide classics to a strumming ukulele infuse the holiday season with the magic of an aloha spirit. Christmas festivities include:

  • Holiday Bounty with Local Farmers and Friends at Hālani
  • Christmas Day at CanoeHouse
  • Mauna Lani Sunset Luau
  • Gingerbread House Making
  • Mocktail Party
  • Cookie Decorating with Resident Baker Chef Helen
  • Santa Claus is Coming to the Beach
  • Night Market
  • Tacos & Tequila
  • King of the Grill
  • Cinema by the Sea
  • That Tiki Life
  • Surf Shack Brews Class
  • Tennis Pros Exhibition
  • Kekei Holiday Tennis Camp
  • Sunset Tour and Wine Pairing
  • Clinic Shootout
  • Golf Wiki Wiki Course Low Round Tournament
  • Canoe Race
  • Kids Tennis Camp
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Pickleball Tournament
  • Sunrise Yoga Series
  • Konane Hawaiian Checkers with Uncle Danny
Table setting with wine for the holidays at Mauna Lani
Take your tastebuds on holiday with a prix-fixe Christmas Eve menu at CanoeHouse
Man and woman running on the beach during the sunset
Join us for ukulele and holiday songs and tennis, golf and paddle competitions

New Year Celebration

Man and woman with champagne walking on the beach at Mauna Lani
Man and woman with champagne walking on the beach at Mauna Lani

December 26, 2021-January 2, 2022

As the last sun of the year rises, set your intentions for the year ahead and let them sail on the waves. Amid stardust and tiki torches, feel like you’re dining with old friends at Hālani and CanoeHouse as you revel in the new experiences that will spark your New Year. New Year festivities include:

  • Surf like a Champion on New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at Hālani
  • New Year's Eve at CanoeHouse
  • New Year's Eve Party with FIreworks
  • New Years Day at Hālani
  • Tiki Mixology and Mocktail Party
  • Sunset Tour and Wine Pairing
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Race
  • Ohana Makahiki Games
  • Cinema by the Sea
  • Wine Tasting with Local Flare
  • Surf Shack Brews Class
  • Tennis Camp & Tournament
  • Night Market
  • Sunrise Yoga Series
  • Lauhala Bracelet Weaving Class
  • Cookie Decorating with Resident Baker Chef Helen
  • S'mores and Stars
  • Ipu Cleaning and Playing and Pa’i ai
  • Paint and Sip for Keiki
Man in a market tent
Savor a festive environment as you cap off your year
Fireworks above a restaurant
Our New Year's Eve party features live music and fireworks on the coastline

Kids wearing Santa hats swim through the ocean
Iced holiday cookies
Boy learning to paddleboard at Mauna Lani

One-of-a-Kind Holiday Adventures

Holoholo Kids Crew

An explorer’s paradise, the Holoholo Kids Crew is the ultimate island-style hideaway for the resort’s younger guests to connect to the land, ignite their sense of discovery and create a deep understanding and awareness for the natural surroundings. The Holoholo Kids Crew features an array of indoor and outdoor cultural-based activities tailored by age group. Taking advantage of Mauna Lani’s storied and sprawling land, the educational and fun programs range from cultural immersion, athletics and wellness, to holiday cookie decorating with our resident baker, Keiki movies under the stars, painting classes and a dedicated holiday tennis camp. You'll find a different kids holiday adventure itinerary for each holiday celebration.
Stay for the Holidays
Savor the beauty of the Big Island from your private lanai as you ponder which adventure best suits the day.