Some of the best Big Island experiences are nearby and they are free! Take the Mauna Lani exit from Highway 19 and be prepared to walk/hike. Bring some water, good footwear and a camera. If you are not staying in the area stop at the The Shops at Mauna Lani for water and maps or stop by a real estate office in the mall and ask for directions - real estate is slow and the realtors are friendly.
The Malama Trail begins at Holoholokai Beach Park and goes for more than a mile through brush and uneven ground until it opens to a massive historic site containing one of the largest collections of petroglyphs. Amazing. (next to this the Waikoloa petroglyphs are a disappointment).
The Kalahuipua Trail near the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel has some petroglyphs but also has some lava tube shelters and some beautiful salt water ponds and a gorgeous beach. An easy undulating paved walk that cuts through the lava fields and skirts the resort.
Ala Kahakai Trail - miles of beautiful shoreline walking protected in 2000 as a hiking preserve.
Anyone can do the walks but as it can be hot a good head covering and water is advisable especially for the young and the elderly. Children should be watched so as not to damage these historic and sensitive areas.
There is lots to see at this location although it is a bit spread out and one does not have to do it all in a single visit - know that it exists - do some research in your guide books or on the net and just do it!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.