Hawaii has rules about going too near these protected creatures and people usually watch from a fair distance and do not try to touch them. However, you may find one body surfing with you as we did one morning and it was amazing!!
A little cafe is excellent and convenient for lunch or a drink.
Snorkeling at this other beach we saw box fish, tangs, eels, and the day we were there a manta-ray was out too.( More on seeing those on my next post!)
There is also a Popoki ( Hawaiian stray cat) waiting patiently for any dropped food.
The area that fronts the historic ponds has some rustic beaches which are rarely used, but feel remote and wonderfully far from everything else.
They were stunning.
There is excellent buffet for breakfast and we did a package that included 2 buffets each day. So worth doing. It was lovely to sit over this lawn and relax while we watched little mongoose families scurry by and so many beautiful birds. I loved beginning the day here. The hotel also has a Mountain Thunder Coffee Company which sells breakfast and more throughout the day. My boys like playing chess in there and we also caught a few of the World Cup games as well.
The gorgeous and huge pool. They also have three other hot pools and one has little alternating fountains for small ones to frolic in.
At 3:30 each day poolside, they distribute the most amazing fruit popsicles! Needless to say, my guys figured out how to be there at that exact time, most days!
Max and I enjoyed the Ocean Bar and Grill at the pool which is newly redone. It has the ideal spot to for happy hour with a sunset.
The kids liked the food there too and it was a casual and more affordable alternative for dinner, especially at Happy Hour, 4-7.
The sunsets never fail to wow. We are always trying to see the green flash!
Some turtle friends are still enjoying the beach at night!
…And the hammocks were pretty cool too.
Some middle schooler’s idea of a joke. 😉 Just had to keep it.
Of course the chocolates on our pillows were taken too! (I don’t think I was fast enough to ever get one..I heard they were gourmet, according to my chocolate connoisseurs. Lol.)
I thought I’d let some of the rest of the photos speak for themselves.
There’s just a lot to love about the Mauna Lani.
We are thinking next time we may try renting one of the condos, or perhaps a home. My boys are getting adult size pretty fast here.
I do like very much that the Mauna Lani welcomes families with older kids to share their spacious rooms unlike another very famous resort which I won’t name, that we have been to many times. If you have kids over 12, this other resort wanted you to have 2 rooms, which is ridiculous. At their prices that was not going to happen, so we went with the Mauna Lani and it really did exceed expectations in service, food, rooms and location.
The Mauna Lani is not the kind of resort where you have to worry about dressing up or what kind of beach bag you have. No Kardashians will make an appearance here. Yet it’s luxury without pretense. It’s a gem and why so many families have been going for generations.
We traveled at the end of June and they said that was a quieter month. Highly recommend that time. We have also been there in April for Easter (a fun bunny hunt when my kids were small) and in July. All as relaxed. On July 4th, the resort hosts a special releasing of their baby turtles and also a big party. After, nearby there is a huge rubber ducky race. Everyone says that is also a fun time, but busier time to go as well.