Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, a Shell Vacations Club Resort: Area Travel Guide on the "Big Island"
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Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village

78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808)324-1550

Area Travel Guide

Kealakekua Bay is a snorkel and scuba lover's dream come true. Every species of Hawaiian fish can be found under these tropical waters. Kona offers some of the best sport fishing in the Pacific. But an oceanfront playground is just the beginning of all there is to do at the Holua Resort.

Hike in a tropical rainforest. Explore thousand year old lava tubes and witness a fiery spectacular of fresh lava spilling into the ocean. You don't have to train for Kona's Ironman Triathlon to enjoy cycling along the scenic coastline. If exercise is your thing, head to the resort's fitness center or check out the world-class tennis center and play on one of its eleven courts.

Take a dip in one of the resort's eight sparkling pools or hot tubs. An on-site activities staff will keep you busy with Hula lessons and lei making. Or simply relax on your lanai with a handful of freshly picked macadamia nuts as you smell the fragrant plumeria and enjoy the sun.

Nearby, Keauhou Shopping Center offers shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

Wherever you go or whatever you do, the relaxing luxury of your suite is waiting when you return.

Nearby, enjoy all the best of the island:

  • Dazzling beaches - 1/2 mile drive
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls
  • Entertainment

From fascinating sights and spectacular natural beauty to endless recreation, the best of the Big Island welcomes you. Tucked among the nearby shopping malls are historic sites including King Kamehameha's last residence and the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. A couple of hundred yards away, a beach and marina await.

Holua Resort's Concierge Services is eager to assist you in creating the ultimate vacation experience by scheduling all your activities, so you make the most of your vacation time. Contact 866.927.4050 for additional information. For more information on things to do on the Big Island, including a calendar of events, please click here.

Here is just a sample of some of the ways to fill those perfect vacation days on the Big Island.

Hawaii's Big Island is a big Ohana, and that means family, whether it's a traditional mom and dad and kids, blended, extended, multi generational family reunion or a group of old friends. The Big Island ohana embraces groups of people traveling together, of different ages, with different interests and tastes. And there's an adventure waiting for anyone with a sense of play and imagination.

In one day, a family can experience the desert like lava plains along the Kona Coast and the rainiest city in America, Hilo. Go from sea level to the world's tallest mountain Mauna Kea (13,796 when measured from sea level, 33,500 from the ocean floor), cruise through green rainforest or black lava rock. Watch whales, swim with dolphins, whisper to horses or listen to rare birdsong. The Big Island will offer you a vacation of a lifetime.

The Big Island of Hawaii offers a vast array of fantastic and fun filled cultural, scenic and eco friendly activities and excursions. In order to optimize your vacation time, please feel free to contact your full service concierge prior to arrival at 866.927.4050.

It's all here on the Big Island, in a Big Way!

Five Awesome Family Fun Adventures on the Big Island:

  • Big Island Beaches. Isn't this why you came? The Big Island's white, black, gray or green sand is where everyone's toes want to dig in and kick back. From remote and secluded to activity-packed and popular, you're never more than 26 miles from the coastline.
  • Explore Volcanoes National Park. A place full of wonders; steamy craters, misty lava caves, a museum with a movie and make-your-own earthquake machine, acres of exploration, volcano inspired arts, the intrigue of Madame Pele's legend, and the amazing creation of new land where living lava pours into the sea. If you can't make the drive, try a helicopter "flightseeing" tour for a bird's eye view of the best action.
  • Ocean Adventures. Lucky families visiting from December to April have a rare opportunity to see our biggest guests, humpback whales, who migrate here from Alaska every winter. If you're not here in time to take a whale watch cruise, the rest of the year is perfect to snorkel, snuba, boogie board. Sail, kayak, fish, surf, windsurf, or kite surf. Parasail 300 feet above the water or take a submarine excursion 100 feet below. The ocean is an endless discovery.
  • Learning Adventures. Hawaii's Big Island is alive with history. On the west side, experience Pu'uhonua O Honaunau a restored Hawaiian village three centuries old, complete with thatched huts, hand carved tiki deities, a temple and a sense of awe. You can tour an historic coffee plantation or a major ethno-botanical garden, call on a royal residence, visit the first official Christian church in the Islands or see the home of Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) in Waimea town. Or, gaze into space on a Mauna Kea summit astronomy trek. In east-side museums, discover the power of a tsunami or take a virtual undersea voyage, check out a macadamia nut factory, missionary manor house, orchid farm or active volcanoes.
  • Go Geocaching! Take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in Hawaii's Big Island and discover a treasure or two along the way. Many geocaching adventures await on www.geocaching.com

Awesome family fun filled adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii:

Big Island Air: Consider seeing the Island from a bird's eye view. Your options of either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft will enable you to view towering waterfalls and inaccessible valleys on the Hamakua Coast, black sand beaches bays and even aerial whale watches, along with fantastic views of the North Kohala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains as you approach Hawaii Volcano National Park and witness "Madame Peles" incredible Lava handiwork. An air tour could well be the highlight of your Big Island Visit!

Experience a Snorkeling Excursion: Snorkeling allows you to experience the beauty of Hawaii's underwater world and meet its inhabitants, including Dolphins, green sea turtles colorful tropical fish, eels and even graceful manta rays, and can be enjoyed by all! You will be able to select from high speed "Zodiac" rafts or you may opt for a large catamaran vessel with all of the creature comforts you desire, as you explore Hawaii's amazing marine preserves. Snorkeling isn't just for anybody- it's for everybody.

Indulge yourself at a luau: Lu'au is the Hawaiian word for food, culture and entertainment rolled into one celebration. Select one of your evenings to attend an oceanfront cultural feast offering over twenty selections of Hawaiian and traditional dishes. The center piece being the "Kalua Pig" roasted in an underground oven called an 'imu' for about 12 hours, while you enjoy the dance, chants and music of the Polynesian islands. Make sure you stay and witness the FIRE dancers' grand finale!

Whale and Dolphin Boat Tours: One of the best shows in Paradise takes place every day in the coastal waters of the Big Island. The show is put on by the various species of whales and dolphins that are not far offshore. Hawaii's best known visitor is the magnificent humpback whale that will captivate you in the winter months, and enjoy our year round resident dolphin population. Many types of vessels are available for you to choose from.

Relax and enjoy a Guided Tour: The Big Island gets its name due to its size which is a little more than 4,000 square miles. Car tours around the island are fantastic, or consider an air conditioned sightseeing motor coach or bus tour. Your tour will include waterfalls, black sand beaches, orchid nurseries, and of course the Volcano National Park. Sit back and relax while your professional driver shares the island culture, natural history and geography of the Big Island.

Play Tennis with the Pros or learn from USPTA Tennis Pro at the Holua Tennis Center. Holua's Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis facilities in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii's Big Island. With 10 courts, 1 ATP and WTA Stadium court and 8 lighted courts, you can play day and night. Under the direction of Donnia Bondallian (Director of Tennis), an array of tennis programs and activities are at your disposal, including the world renowned TennisCize Hawaiianstyle. Visit www.holuatenniscenter.com for more information.

Discover Kona Le'a Plantation, home of Holualoa Kona Coffee Company on the gentle upland slopes overlooking the Kona coast, just 10 minutes from Kailua-Kona. You'll enjoy the scenic drive on Mamalahoa Highway through the prized Kona coffee belt. 77-6261 Mamalahoa Highway 808.322.9937.

Have a unique cultural experience. "Drums of Polynesia" is a fast-paced, entertaining musical journey through the islands of the South Pacific. Featuring a talented cast of singers, drummers, musicians and dancers performing songs and dances rarely seen in typical luau shows, the dynamic performance culminates with a spell-binding Samoan fireknife dance. An open bar serves guests throughout the evening. Royal Kona Resort, 75-5852 Alii Drive 808.329.3111.

Learn a little bit of history. The Kona Historical Society holds over 40,000 photos, artifacts, and publications, in temperature controlled, monitored conditions. 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy 808.323.3222.

Situated on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, Hulihe'e Palace was the vacation residence of Hawaiian royalty. Today it is a museum operated by the Daughters of Hawaii and is a showplace of beautiful furniture and fascinating artifacts. 75-5718 Alii Dr 808.595.6291.

Go to a Lu'au! The Island Breeze Lu'au is held under the stars, on the historic grounds of the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. The Hotel is located adjacent to the pier at Kailua Bay, on Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. 74-5599 Luhia St, Ste E5, Luhia Center II 808.326.4969.

Take surf lessons from Kona Mike's Surf Adventures on the Big Island. Kona Mike's instructors are experienced Hawaii surfers and are well trained in CPR, first aid, lifeguard certified and trained in professional rescue. You and your family will be well taken care of! Visit www.konasurfadventures.com or call 808.334.0033.

Get up close and personal with the Hawaiian coastline and marine life on Sea Hawaii Rafting's exciting boat tours and snorkeling adventures! Located in Kona, Sea Hawaii Rafting offers an adventure of a lifetime. The Zodiac adventure tours are state of the art and environmentally friendly. Offering exciting excursion including snorkleing trips to secluded beachs, dolphin encounters, Kohala Coast Waterfall tour, cave and lava tube exploration and whale watching! Their team of experienced captains and crew will lead you to discover the best Hawaii has to offer. www.seahawaiirafting.com 808.325.7444

Play with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest on the Big Island! Choose from a variety of programs including feeding the dolphins, meeting the dolphins face to face, and behind the scenes training adventure. 425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738. 808.886.2875.

Visit Yoga Hale for a calming yoga experience. Yoga Hale's classes are set in a friendly and relaxed environment and welcomes people of all ages, genders, and experience. Offering expert instruction and two instructed classes per day inlcuding "Hot" style yoga, Vinyasa style yoga, Gentle Yoga designed for beginners or anyone who wants to reacquaint themselves to basic yoga techniques and Yin and Yang Yoga which is a mixture of light hatha yoga flow followed by meditation. For more information and details about upcoming class schedules and other Yoga events visit www.yogahale.com or call 808.938.9980.

Visit the only zoo in the United States situated in a tropical rain forest. The Pana'Ewa Zoo is located in Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii. Free admission. 808.959.9233.

If we haven't featured your optimal vacation experience yet you may opt for:

  • A romantic sunset dinner cruise
  • World class sport fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Manta ray night snorkeling or glass bottom boat dinner/manta cruise
  • Submarine dives
  • And believe it or not much more!

Please call our experienced Big Island professionals prior to or upon arrival, and allow us the privilege of assisting you in creating your best vacation ever at 866.927.4050.

There are 20 magnificent courses on Hawaii's Big Island (and more are being developed.) These courses are carved out of ancient lava flows, nestled amount historical Hawaiian landmarks, and fronting some of the most beautiful coastline of the Pacific. The striking contrasts of lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black lava flows, and turquoise blue Pacific waters make for some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Listed below are just a few of those golf courses.

Kona Country Club Makalei Hawaii Country Club
Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 6155 Yds.
Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 5828 Yds.
78-7000 Alii Drive
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: 808.322.2595
Semi-Private – 18 holes – Par 72 * 61
72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: 808.322.2595
Hapuna Golf Course Mauna Kea Golf Course
Resort 18 holes - Par 72 – 6029 Yds.
62-100 Kauna'oa Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Phone: 808.880.3000
Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 6365 Yds.
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Phone: 808.885.6655
Waikoloa Beach Course Waikoloa Kings' Course
Resort – 18 holes – Par 70 – 5958 Yds.
1020 Keana Place
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Phone: 808.886.6060
Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 6010 Yds.
600 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Phone: 808.886.7888
Waikoloa Village Golf Club   
Resort – 18 holes – Par 72 – 6142 Yds.
68-1792 Melia Street
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Phone: 808.883.9621
75-1027 Henry Street
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
7 miles from resort
Manna Korean BBQ
Kona Natural foods
AT & T Wireless
Big Island Surf, Co.
Maryl Realty, Inc.
Borders Books & Music
Countrywide Home Loans
Mail Boxes Etc.
Territorial Savings
Kama'aina Diamond Company
78-6831 Alii Drive
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
1 mile from resort
Paradise Found Boutique
Aloha Petroleum
Drysdale's Two Restaurant
Kenichi Pacific
KTA Super Stores
Los Habeneros
Peaberry & Galette
Rocky's Pizza
Royal Thai Cafe
Long's Drugs
L &L Hawaiian BBQ
Moo Betta Frozen Fun
Keauhou Cinemas
Hot Hula Activities & Greeting Center
U.S. Post Office
Shell Vacations
Clint Sloan Studios
Originals by Oscar
Showcase Gallery
Greeting Center
Bank of Hawaii
Nail Tech
Urgent Care
75-5744 Alii Drive
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
7 miles from resort
Hawaii Pedals
Manta Ray & Snorkel Dive
Reebok Store
Big Island Adventures
Fun Factory
Sgt. Leisure
Island Salsa
Big Island Swimwear
Surf & Sandals   
Christel's Boutique
Krazy About Kona
Star Shine
Cuzn's Deli
Hawaiian Fruit & Flowers
Jim Bill's Gemfire
Pacific Fine Art
Tropical Bags
Kona Candle & Gift
Candle Boutique
Joy's Aloha Wear/Volcano
Hula Heaven/Flamingo's
Kona Inn Children's Wear
The Treasury
Limited Editions Hawaii
Island Life Tee Shirt Co.
Honolua Surf Co.
Tropical Batiks/Kona
Corner's of the Pacific
Coconut Willies
ABC Stores
Kona Coffee Cafe
Kona Jewelry Factory
Kona Inn Jewelry
Kona Gallery
Kuno's Hawaii
Hale O He'e
Tropical Heat Wave

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