Popular with honeymooners and anniversary couples for decades, this elegant Kohala Coast classic is still one of the most beautiful resorts on the island, highlighted by a breathtaking, open-air lobby with cathedral-like ceilings, Zen-like koi ponds, and illuminated sheets of cascading water. Under the same ownership since its opening in 1983, the resort maintains continuity via its longtime staff, who cultivate a personal connection with return guests. Eco-friendly practices prevail here; the resort features one of the largest photovoltaic systems of any resort in the world. Free cultural and educational programs provide guests the chance to enjoy a more authentic Hawaiian experience and "sense of place," whether touring ancient petroglyph fields with the on-site cultural historian, Danny Akaka, or enjoying an evening "Talk Story" session at the historic Eva Parker Woods Cottage. Shuttle service throughout the resort area is complimentary. With soft hues reflecting the flora of the
island, the majority of the decidedly spacious rooms have ocean views, and all include design elements by renowned Hawaii designer Sig Zane, plus climate-controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fans, dimmer lights, and expansive private lanai. The flagship CanoeHouse restaurant offers romantic dining by the sea, plus there are casual dining options for lunch and dinner at Ocean Bar & Grill by the pool. The resort is known for its two golf courses (check out the iconic South 15th hole over the water) and an award-winning spa with watsu pool located within the entrance of a lava tube. Families can take part in the year-round Camp Mauna Lani. There are also myriad free lessons in coconut husking, hula dancing, throw-net fishing, and fish feeding.