Mauna Lani Resort is a 3,200-acre resort located on the West side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Approximately 1400 acres of the resort are annexed to the Mauna Lani Resort Association (the "MLRA") Master Plan Area for development.
The resort community currently includes 17 fully completed luxury residential developments (3 residential development parcels are still in future-planning or partial construction stages), two championship golf courses, two luxury full-service hotels, a full-service commercial retail shopping center, and various other commercial and recreational amenities, maintenance, administrative and support facilities.
Access to Mauna Lani Resort is from the intersection of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, ‘Queen K,’ and Mauna Lani Drive. This entrance is the only designated vehicular entry and exit point for the resort.
Mauna Lani Resort’s closest emergency response station, including fire, ambulance and police services, is located at the nearby South Kohala Fire Station. This fire station is located approximately two (2) miles north of Mauna Lani Resort and has Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment. The response time from the station to Mauna Lani Resort is approximately five (5) to eight (8) minutes.
Mauna Lani Resort’s closest hospital is Queen's North Hawaii Community Hospital. The hospital is located approximately twenty (20) miles northeast of the resort in Waimea.
Mauna Lani Resort currently provides shoreline access to the public from three (3) designated locations:
- Holoholokai Beach Park (providing access to Pauoa Bay and the Ala Kahakai lateral shoreline trail)
- Historic Preserve Public Park (providing access to Makaiwa Bay, the Historic Fishpond Complex and other adajcent shoreline areas)
- 49 Black Sand Beach subdivision (providing access to Honokaope Bay)
The Resort’s common areas are owned, managed and maintained by the MAUNA LANI RESORT ASSOCIATION (the "MLRA"). All owners of property within Mauna Lani Resort's master-planned area are members of MLRA, a nonprofit Hawaii corporation responsible for the management, maintenance, protection and preservation of the Association’s common areas.
ABOUT MAUNA LANI RESORT:
Developed on 3,200 acres of fee simple land at Kalahuipua'a, on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Lani Resort is a world class destination resort community. This expanse of prime beach and coastal lands encompasses the former estate of Francis Hyde I'i Brown, a descendant of Hawaiian ali'i known worldwide as "Mr. Golf of Hawaii" as well as a gentleman sportsman.
Contiguous to the Resort's fee lands are State lands that serve as a buffer between Mauna Lani Resort's northernmost properties and the Puako Beach Subdivision. Mauna Kea Beach Resort lies five miles to the north and Waikoloa Beach Resort is immediately adjacent to the southern boundary of MLRA's master-planned community.
Mauna Lani Resort, Inc.—the original developer of Mauna Lani Resort, was incorporated in the State of Hawaii in 1972 for the sole purpose of developing Mauna Lani. It’s successor corporate entity, Mauna Lani Service, Inc., another wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyu Corporation, which is a large service-oriented conglomerate based in Tokyo, Japan. Originally a railway transportation company, Tokyu Corporation of today has diversified into different companies specializing in retail sales, real estate development, construction, hospitality and leisure industries. In 2008, Tokyu Corporation, through its Hawaii subsidiaries, legally conveyed ownership and transitioned all previously-owned "Association Common Area" to the MLRA. All land parcels designated and planned to become Common Area parcels of MLRA are now legally owned, operated and maintained by MLRA.
Mauna Lani Resort at Kalahuipua'a is located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii about 30 miles north of Keahole-Kona Airport. The Resort lies within the South Kohala District and extends from Pauoa Bay on the north end of the resort to the south boundary between Waikoloa Beach Resort and the Ke Kailani at Mauna Lani residential development, and inland to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.
Mauna Lani Resort enjoys distinctive geologic and historic contrasts in an ideal climatic setting. The 3,200-acre site enjoys an abundance of sunshine year-round and cooling breezes from both the mountains and ocean. The site is unique: it is characterized by charming bays and beaches, rugged coastlines, stark lavascapes, lush anchialine fishponds, a panoramic view of volcanic mountains and vast planes of blue which meet at the Pacific horizon. Mauna Lani Resort's physical setting is ideal for the development of a high quality destination resort community. Its consistent, fine, tropical weather and special geographic features provide unique opportunities for design and development.
Unlike other developments on the South Kohala Coast, the Mauna Lani site is at the focal point of surrounding iconic mountains, providing an equidistant view to five volcanic peaks: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Haleakala on Maui. The two most notable features of the 3,200-acre site are the ancient Hawaiian fishpond complex that is central to the resort, and the unweathered prehistoric Kaniku lava flow on the southern portion of the site.
The South Kohala region is known to be among the State's most arid areas. Average annual rainfall records nine (9) inches in the past 40 years. Mean annual temperature is 78∞ F with relatively small daily and seasonal fluctuations. Daytime highs exceeding 88∞ F or nighttime lows falling below 63∞ F do occur, but only rarely.
Included within Mauna Lani's Master Plan are multiple acres of historic preserves and lands setaside for Open Use. MLRA's Common areas include the iconic and historic ancient Kalahuipua'a Fishpond Complex. The boundaries of the various historic preserve areas and features found at Kalahuipua'a are appropriately buffered and managed, ensuring the protection and long-term preservation of historic sites specifically planned to minimize conflicts with future resort development.
Old Hawaiian trails such as the Alaloa (King's Highway or Mamalahoa Trail), the Old Alaloa (the "ancient forerunner trail") and the Ala Kahakai (shoreline trail) are also preserved. These trails are important resources for access to the shoreline and "mauka" areas and provide an important historical perspective of trail and "highway" development in old Hawaii.