Located on the site of ancient Hawaiian royalty fish ponds that are still maintained now as then, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is the crown jewel of the Kona coast. Not a huge mega-resort that has to rely on gimmicky things to get you there, the Mauna Lani is a place of peace and refuge and soul-restorative qualities. Some room renovations/updating are being done, but otherwise the planned construction of the new pool is on hold until after Christmas at least. Don't be afraid to go. The Ocean Grill is no more, having been demolished to open up the area, and while the view is enhanced, many of us old-tiimers miss the grill immensely. Also, the Honu Bar is now a coffee shop. Miss the evenings spent dancing and listening to music in the Honu also. Don't go to the Mauna Lani looking to raise the roof and find a lot of night life. Go there looking to find the Spirit of Aloha. It exists everywhere from the front car valets to the beach staff and all points in-between. The Canoe House is the premier Kona coast restaurant and the Bay Terrace serves a wonderful breakfast buffet and lunch.....To those of you who loved the fish tacos at the Ocean Grill--they've changed the way they fix them at the Terrace--still good, but not the same...The sense of aloha and peace start when you set foot on the blue tiles of the entry and extend to the cool waters of the Pacific. Say hi to Helen and Lovey at the front desk, Mili,Binkie, Arnold and Les at the Bay Terrace, Ola at the pool, Kahea and Jennie at the beach, Mike, Gayle, Gil and Vance at the bar, and to Lovely wherever you see her. Call or stop by the main office and say hi to Ranie and Robert and Ryan and tell them how much you love the place. Take art lessons from Candace Lee by the pool or just buy some good watercolor art. It's a great place. I've been going for 30 years and will never tire of it.
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- Also Known As:
- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel And Bungalows
- Mauna Lani Bay Resort
- Mauna Lani Resort