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A Weekend At The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Nestled along the pristine Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is a wonderful choice for those looking to mix the luxury that Kona is known for with Hawaiian history, adventure, and delicious delights. Of course, you could always do what we did for part of the trip, and just lounge at the pool and relax at the Mauna Lani Spa.

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is an impressive property that features over 300 guest rooms and suites.

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The rooms here are spacious, elegant, and comfortable. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is modern luxury with local sensibility.

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Of course, the view from our lanai was stellar.

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Enjoy The Hotel

The pool is large with a lot of space to just lounge. I got up early one morning and took a stroll around the pool area.

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Looking back at the Mauna Lani…

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I enjoyed lounging here, under the palm trees … book in hand (non-fiction of course).

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I would recommend that you borrow one of the Mauna Lani’s complimentary bikes and explore the property and surrounding area. I enjoyed doing this at the start of every day, and found some interesting sights that I only would have discovered on bike.

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Go On An Adventure

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau was known as a place of refuge for Native Hawaiians. It was where you went, or attempted to go to, if you committed an act that went against the kapu system (the ancient Hawaiian code of conduct).

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Located North of the resort is Pololu Valley. Here, an impressive lookout is your reward for the relatively short (by Big Island standards) drive. The more adventurous can hike down to the shoreline.

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On the way back to the Mauna Lani, you’ll want to make a stop at Puu Kohola Heiau. Puu Kohola, completed in 1791, is said to have been constructed to appease the god of war, Kūkaʻilimoku.

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The entrance to a lava tube that I spotted on the side of the highway. We just had to pull over and check it out.

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Enjoy The Food

Looking to enjoy some coffee to start your day? Daylight Mind Coffee would be our recommendation. Looking for more? We’ve put together a 5 To Try just for you: 5 To Try: Kona Coffee Shops.

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And if that’s not enough coffee for you, then drive over to the UCC Coffee Plantation and check out their tour while you enjoy their local beans. Be sure to ask for their Kona Coffee Ice Cream.

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Mai Grille, known as the House of Bacon, features a wonderful menu by Chef Allen Hess. He has served as Head Chef at Merriman’s in Kamuela and Chef de Cuisine for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s Canoe House.

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Lunch time? Well, if you want to eat like the local’s do then make a stop at at Sun Dried Specialties in Kealakekua for some fresh poke…

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…and then enjoy even more poke at Da Poke Shack, and revel in the fact that you are enjoying poke from Yelp’s #1 restaurant of 2014.

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If you’re staying at the Mauna Lani Bay, then you’ve got to visit The Canoe House. We’ve been here a few times already and we never leave disappointed.

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We also highly recommend dinner at Merriman’s Waimea, Peter Merriman’s flagship restaurant.

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Be sure to save space for Merriman’s famous Crispy Molten Hawaiian Chocolate Purse. It’s made to look like a Lau Lau. It featured red alae Hawaiian salted caramel sauce
 and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Now that’s a sweet way to end your Kona vacation.

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Itinerary

Mauna Lani Bay
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr.
Waimea, HI 96743
(808) 885-6622

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau
State Hwy 160
Hōnaunau, HI 96726

Pololu Valley

Puu Kohola Heiau
62-3601 Kawaihae Rd
Waimea, HI 96743

Daylight Mind Coffee Company
75-5770 Ali’i Dr.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp.-Kona Coffee Estate
75-5568 Mamalahoa Hwy
Holualoa, HI 96725

Mai Grille
69-622 Waikoloa Beach Dr.
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

Sun Dried Specialties
81-951 Haleki’i St
Kealakekua, HI 96750

Da Poke Shack
76-6246 Ali’i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

The Canoe House
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Waimea, HI 96743

Merriman’s Waimea
65-1227B Opelo Road Kamuela
Waimea, HI 96743

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