About Mauna Lani Resort
Mauna Lani Resort has a couple large hotels and five diverse beaches to choose from. On the property you'll find the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection and the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, two top luxury hotels about a half-hour's drive north of Kailua-Kona
. You don't have to be staying at either of these hotels to be able to enjoy the resort's beaches, but you'll have to get there early or the parking lots might be full. The lot that usually fills fastest is the one for 49 Black Sand Beach
. It's a desirable beach and the parking lot is small (the beach is relatively small too). Located in the center of the resort is Kalahuipua'a Historic Park which has a public parking lot and a trail that leads to the ocean. This is the best access for the beach in front of the Auberge
and also the beach at Mauna Lani Beach Club
which feels private but has excellent swimming for everyone. Kalahuipuaa Trail passes by a cool lava cave and picturesque fishponds so the half-mile hike to the beaches is worth it. The beach in front of the Fairmont Orchid
also has an idyllic cove for swimming. The public parking for that beach is at the far back of the hotel lot, but it's shorter than the Kalahuipuaa Trail. The only public parking lot that fills less frequently is the one at Holoholokai Beach Park
. That's because it doesn't have a sandy beach, but it's still a great option. From there you can hike out to the Puako Petroglyphs or walk the waterfront over to the Fairmont Orchid. The lava and coral cobble shore at this park is popular at the end of the day for watching sunsets. Next to the resort's main traffic circle you'll find The Shops at Mauna Lani which has restaurants, shops, gear rentals, and a Foodland grocery where you can get snacks and drinks for the day.