Mauna Lani Resort: July 4th Turtle Release!

This July 4th celebrate Independence Day of a different sort, with the 27th annual turtle release at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. This fun family event celebrates all things green sea turtle with an Independence Day celebration from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, as young turtles are released into the ocean while throngs of well-wishers cheer.


Mauna Lani Resort is home to Kalahuipua’a, ancient fishponds, covering 15 acres adjacent to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Since 1989, the hotel has received juvenile honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) from Oahu’s Sea Life Park, and raised them in the saltwater ponds. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. Once a year on Independence Day, the grown turtles are released at the ocean’s edge fronting the hotel.

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Participating in this honu release is a popular family tradition, and a great opportunity for young and old alike to learn about our endangered sea turtles, and the Hawaiian culture. Over the years, more than 200 turtles have been released back into the wild, with four being released last year.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016, the honu will be gathered from the Honu Ponds and carried to the beachfront for the release. Hula dancers from Halau Waiau will perform during a welcoming ceremony, followed by the release. There will be live entertainment, delicious food from local food trucks, and educational displays on Hawaiian green sea turtles.

While at Mauna Lani, enjoy a day at the beach or spend time exploring the trails around the Kalahuipua’a Fishponds. Mauna Lani Resort takes great care in maintaining these historically significant grounds. Discover hidden caves and view petroglyphs carved hundreds of years ago. In Hawaiian culture, the Kalahuipua’a fishponds are considered the piko (bellybutton) or center for the island’s five volcanoes. The grounds surrounding the fishponds are considered sacred with great spiritual powers. It is in this environment that the honu from Oahu Sea Life Park are raised before they are returned to the sea.

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Better still, if you live in Mauna Lani you can walk to the event and enjoy the beauty of the Fishponds year round!

For more information on the Mauna Lani Turtle Independence Day celebration call 808-885-6622 or visit

Mauna Lani Resort On The Kohala Coast

Discerning homebuyers seek out property in Mauna Lani Resort as much for its luxury properties as they do for its privacy and rich cultural heritage.

Encompassing 3,200 acres of shoreline along the Kohala Coast, there is a grace and serenity in Mauna Lani – a sense that this place is special. Indeed, King Kamehameha the Great had a beachside village here and in days gone by the area was frequented by Hawaiian royalty. At the center of Mauna Lani you’ll find the Fishponds of Kalahuipua’a, centuries old ponds that formed an efficient way to raise and harvest fish for royalty. Today these fishponds are meticulously maintained by the Resort, as is the nearby petroglyph park that features miles of trails to explore these ancient wonders.

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Located 23 miles north of Kona, Mauna Lani is home to two award-winning resorts: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, as well as two excellent golf courses, the Frances H. I’I Brown North and South golf courses. The Shops at Mauna Lani – an upscale shopping center in the Resort, features a robust supermarket, several fine dining restaurants, and boutiques. You’ll also find cultural events here throughout the year, such as the Big Island Film Festival and the Taste of Mauna Lani.

There are 17 different subdivisions within Mauna Lani Resort – offering different housing options for a variety of budgets. The Fairways is probably the most affordable of the 17, with prices starting in the $500,000s. Several of the Resort’s communities, including the Fairways, the Villages, Golf Villas, Mauna Lani Terrace and the Islands allow for using your property as a vacation rental, thereby recouping some of your investment cost.

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Mauna Lani Resort contains the only new construction of residential properties currently occurring along the Kohala Coast. KaMilo, Kulalani, and the Residences at Laulea are all in different phases of development. Kulalani is the most affordable of the three offering two and three bedroom condos for under $1 million. KaMilo offers paired homes and detached single-family homes in the $800,000’s to $2 million range while Laulea properties start at $1.9 million and run upwards to $4 million.

If you’re looking to purchase a luxury estate, 49 Black Sand Beach, Pauoa Beach and Ke Kailani have a variety of exquisite homes for sale – many with ocean views in the $2 to $12 million range.

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The benefits of living in Mauna Lani include access to the private Beach Club with its white sand beach and oceanfront restaurant and the Mauna Lani Resort Spa and Fitness Center. Mauna Lani property owners are also eligible to join the exclusive resort Advantage Club, which provides generous discounts on golf, dining, and spa services.


Communities within Mauna Lani Resort include:

  • The Villages at Mauna Lani KaMilo at Mauna Lani
  • Kulalani at Mauna Lani The Fairways at Mauna Lani
  • Islands at Mauna Lani Palm Villas
  • Golf Villas 
 Ke Kailani
  • Mauna Lani Point Mauna Lani Terrace
  • The Estates at Mauna Lani 49 Black Sand Beach
  • Champion Ridge Pauoa Beach
  • Nohea The Cape at Mauna Lani
  • The Residences at Laulea

Contact me with any questions you have about properties in this location or for more information on the benefits of living in Mauna Lani!