Oceanfront Resort with Award-Winning Golf Courses
Located less than a half mile from Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Hawaii’s Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve provides a glimpse into the life of early Hawaiians, who etched carvings into rust-red lava rocks. The petroglyphs are believed to be a kind of diary for the natives, used to record births and other significant events. Guided tours of the preserve depart right from Mauna Lani, serving as one of the resort’s several complimentary cultural activities, which range from hula lessons and ukulele-making classes to turtle-feeding tours. Between this and its beachfront setting along the Kohala Coast, it’s easy to see why Mauna Lani was recently named one of the world’s 500 best hotels by Travel + Leisure.
If you’re a golfer, consider scheduling a tee time at one of Mauna Lani’s two championship golf courses, which have been named gold-medal award winners by Golf magazine every year since 1988. The north course borders the nearby archaeological site, whereas the south course twists through lava rock and rugged coastline. After a day on the links, feel free to unwind at the spa, where treatments and services draw from the history and mythology of the land.
Whenever you dine at the onsite CanoeHouse restaurant, you’ll feast on locally grown foods. About 80% of its ingredients are sourced from Hawaiian fisherman, ranchers, and farmers, including herbs and spices from the property’s own garden. After dinner, retreat to the ocean-view rooms, where you can see the Pacific’s deep blue and bordering mountains from a private lanai.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island: White-Sand Beaches Along Volcanic Coast
The western coast of Hawaii's Big Island is lined with volcanic-rock fields and white-sand beaches. Hapuna Beach State Park contains one of Hawaii’s largest beaches, a popular spot for swimming, bodyboarding, and snorkeling since the area gets only about 9 inches of rainfall annually.
About 9 miles north of the hotel, the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site is home to one of Hawaii’s largest temples, built by Kamehameha the Great in 1790. Constructed without mortar, the temple may have been built by workers passing lava rocks all the way from the Pololu Valley, located 25 miles away. While you’re here, you can visit the ruins of a 14th-century temple, tour the house of a marooned British sailor, or, during winter or spring, peer out into the ocean in search of humpback whales.
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