On an island that offers some of the finest Hawaiʻi residential real estate in the state, Mauna Lani Resort stands out as much for its exclusivity and luxury, as it does for its rich history and innovative use of green technology. Known as Kalahuipuaʻa, the lands encompassing the 3,200 acres of Mauna Lani Resort were once the playgrounds of Hawaiian royalty. Perhaps it is only fitting that a man with royal Hawaiian lineage created this ultra-luxe resort. Francis H. IʻI Brown, an accomplished golfer and adventurer, first bought the property in the 1930s and over the years developed the resort in partnership with Japanese businessman Noboru Gotoh, a well-known environmentalist and chairman of the Tokyu Corporation.
Mauna Lani Resort features two world-renown hotels: the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid. Each offers a wide spectrum of amenities in their own right and restaurants that are regularly named among the best on the island. You’ll also find two championship golf courses named after Brown: the Mauna Lani North and South golf courses. Mauna Lani Resort residents also enjoy three miles of historic coastal trails along dramatic cliffs and pristine white sand beaches along with a members-only beach club. Mauna Lani Spa within the resort’s fitness center offers soothing therapies which include a one-of-a-kind Watsu pool for aquatic body work complete with underwater acoustics, lighting effects and a cascading waterfall. An upscale shopping center in the center of Mauna Lani features several dining options, lovely boutiques, a gourmet grocery store, and cultural events throughout the year. Mauna Lani Resort homebuyers are eligible to apply to join the exclusive Mauna Lani Advantage program, which provides several benefits, including golf and spa discounts.
In Hawaiʻi, sense of place is important and land is said to have “mana” or a spiritual essence. This is particularly true in Mauna Lani, whose hallowed grounds include some of the largest petroglyph sites in Hawaiʻi and a canoe landing favored by King Kamehameha the Great. At the spiritual heart of Mauna Lani Resort are the Kalahuipuaʻa royal fishponds that date back more than 800 years. Covering more than 15 acres, Francis Brown was careful to preserve these sacred pools when he first bought the property surrounding them. Indeed, Mauna Lani Resort goes to great lengths to preserve these important historic ponds and you can wander pathways exploring their natural beauty, as well as nearby caves.
Conservation has been a hallmark of Mauna Lani Resort since it opened more than thirty years ago. The resort was named among the “World’s Top Earth-Friendly Getaways” by Conde Nast and has produced more than 1 million kWz of green power. It generates the most solar power of any luxury resort in the world. Acclaimed restaurants within the resorts feature produce and meat from local farms and ranches supporting sustainable agriculture and the golf greens are kept lush with an innovative watering system and native plants.
Such environmental stewardship also benefits people looking to buy a home in Mauna Lani Resort. Photovoltaic and solar systems are available for most homes within the different resort communities. For example, every new home for sale in KaMilo features a photovoltaic system, thus reducing monthly energy costs for homeowners for the lifetime that they own the home.
Homes for sale in Mauna Lani Resort run the gamut from vacation rental opportunities in the Fairways that start in the $500,000s to opulent multi-million dollar estates in 49 Black Sand Beach. There are 17 communities within Mauna Lani Resort and each offers something special.
When it comes to Mauna Lani real estate for sale no one knows the ins and outs of Mauna Lani more than the Hawaiʻi Resort Homes team! Regina Stuard has been involved in luxury resort home sales in Hawaiʻi for more than 25 years and was asked to share her expertise with developers when the KaMilo community was on the drawing board 10 years ago. In fact, she has been responsible for 43 of the 76 sales to date in that luxury resort community. A life-long resident of Hawaiʻi, Regina knows all 17 Mauna Lani Resort communities like no one else. She can tell you off the top of her head which building in what community has the best ocean views and what clubhouse has the newest fitness equipment. Norm Stuard has lived in several of Mauna Lani’s communities and spent years as the development manager of Ke Kailani. He can answer all your questions about purchasing luxury real estate in Hawaiʻi and what makes sense from a strategic and analytic standpoint.
If you’re considering purchasing a home in Mauna Lani Resort, call on the luxury resort home real estate experts Norm and Regina Stuard. They love living along the Kohala Coast and take great pleasure in helping their clients find the ideal Hawaiʻi resort home in which to enjoy living in paradise.
Communities within Mauna Lani Resort include:
- The Villages at Mauna Lani
- 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
- The Cape at Mauna Lani
- The Residences at Lau Lea