Mauna Lani, Puako, HI, USA

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Mauna Lani, Puako, HI, USA

Mauna Lani vacation rentals

If it's tranquility you're after, you're in the right place

What better way to experience the beauty of Hawaii than to visit the peaceful area known as Puako. Located on the northwest side of The Big Island on Keawaiki Bay, Puako is home to several resorts, but also has many local attractions that are not to be missed. If you're booking a Puako vacation rental, you're gonna want to hit the beach, and there are many to choose from around the island. Archeology aficionados will want to check out the Puako Petroglyph Park and hikers can take advantage of the numerous forest reserves on Hawai'i.

Swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing - so much fun in the sun

To the beach! Most visitors' experiences will start and end on the beach, and why not? There's lots to do. Check out a local favorite, Waialea Bay (a.k.a. 69 Beach), perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Or head south to Anaeho'omalu Beach, great for kids, since the water is calm. Most area beaches have restrooms and some offer campsites and equipment rental. If you've had enough relaxin' by the sea, strap on your hiking boots and head to Mauna Kea Mountain, where you can check out the islands through powerful telescopes.

History, cowboys and charm - all rolled into one

If you're keen on Hawaii's natural history, you won't want to miss the Puako Petroglyph Park and the many lava-formed caves. Head inland to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to experience 7 ecological zones and learn the history of how Hawaii was created. If shopping is your bag, the local resorts have many stores to peruse - or you can head into the "cowboy" town of Waimea, where you'll find farmers' markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Looking for a more artsy scene? Head 30 minutes north to Hawi, filled with colorful boutiques and charming restaurants.

Did someone say perfect weather? This must be the place

Puako, like much of Hawaii, has quite the temperate climate. No need for parkas and ear muffs here. Highs throughout the year average in the mid 70s with lows in the mid 50s. Rain is not uncommon, especially in the winter months. As you go inland and higher up in elevation, the climate changes, to the point where the mountain tops often are snowcapped in the winter. But watch out, "vog" can sometimes envelop the island - this island does have live volcanoes after all!

Beyond beauty - white and black sand under the volcanoes

The Big Island of Hawai'i is dominated by the presence of five volcanoes: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea, which has been erupting continuously since 1983. The island is actually still growing! Along the coast you'll find both white and black sand beaches. If you stay at a Puako vacation rental, it's not uncommon to spot dolphins, sharks, whales, turtles, and all sorts of fish in the coral reefs and bays of the area. Inland, the many forests, some of them rainforests, are filled with rivers and waterfalls.