Davids’ Big Island Mauna Lani Real Estate

January 10, 2009

Mauna Lani Resort-Maybe Some Things You Didn’t Know?

Filed under: Updates — David C. Swanson @ 4:46 pm

I am writing my first, and God forbid, not my last blog. As any beginner, I am excited and also have mixed emotions, as I am anxious to get off on the right foot. I’ve been reading and commenting on blogs for years, but now my head’s the one on the chopping block.

That being said, I wanted to get my feet wet by sharing some factual data that you may or may not know about the Mauna Lani Bay Resort.  It’s always good to refresh one’s memory with useful information to impart to clients, friends, and family members.  As licensed agents, we usually have a great deal of knowledge to offer.  So here goes.

The Mauna Lani Resort sits oceanfront on the finest stretch of shoreline on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport, this oceanfront resort features the luxurious Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and the Francis H. I’i Brown Golf Courses. www.maunalani.com

Here are a few interesting tidbits that reflect why Mauna Lani Bay Resort stands way above most resort destination properties? Pay attention, as this information just may help you win your next game of Hawaiian Trivial Pursuit:

  • CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER Gold List, Best Places in the World to Stay: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is ranked in the Top 10 in Hawaii and #2 on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jan 2009.
  • 2009 TRAVEL + LEISURE – The World’s Best Hotels Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is ranked #2 on the Big Island and #8 in Hawaii by Travel + Leisure magazine’s T + L 500 List, Jan 2009.
  • 2009 GOLF WORLD TOP 50 and 2009 Reader’s Choice Award: Golf World unveils its first “Best Golf Facilities in the Country.”

Mauna Lani Bay Resort has been named one of the”World’s Top Earth Friendly Getaways” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and is the only beach resort in the United States named in the collection.  Mauna Lani’s solar energy innovations have earned the resort the distinction of generating the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world. Go green!

Did you know that the golf water system for Mauna Lani Resort’s Francis H. I’i Brown Golf Courses pumps more than 3 million gallons of brackish water per day and waters 38 golf holes? During peak hours ,a large amount of the electricity required by the golf operation is provided by solar power. These solar systems spare the environment from thousands of tons of harmful emissions (NOx, SOx and CO2).

Condé Nast Traveler also recognized Mauna Lani Resort’s green sea turtle program as an eco-tourism attraction. Since 1989, in collaboration with Oahu’s Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery, Mauna Lani Resort has raised juvenile honus (turtles) in its saltwater ponds until they are large enough to be released in the wild.

Mauna Lani was also the recipient of the Green Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Hawaii Hotel Association, the Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, and the Hawaii Department of Health. The resort also won the Keep It Hawaii Kahili Award for their Kalahuipua‘a Fishponds in the category of Historic Preservation.

Well, there you have it; enough news to keep your brains working.  I have noticed that buyers do want to know why one resort property is better than another. For instance, Mauna Kea Resort has been getting much of the news  releases  lately with their December 2008 soft reopening after renovations for damages from the October 2006 earthquake: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hawaii/detail?&entry_id=33536

Final thoughts: Many opinions and emotions exist about 2009 real estate futures in Hawaii and on the mainland.  The state of the economy is forcing most novice investors out of the market due to the perceived dangers.  Savvy investors are picking up properties which they want to own for the long term.  During any recession, the key to investing is managing risk. Warren Buffet lives by his words, “Be fearful when people are greedy and greedy when people are fearful.” Stay tuned for David’s 2009 Big Island Predictions in my next post, “Escrow or Bust”!

Thanks for your interest. Comments are welcome!



One Response to “Mauna Lani Resort-Maybe Some Things You Didn’t Know?”

  1. Katie Minkus, R(B) Says:

    Aloha, David… great post! However, you are sure to get a firestorm of comments debating your point of view – there are a lot of Mauna Kea and Fairmont Orchid fans out there that may argue heartily with you! Not to mention all of those Four Seasons devotees!! In any event, your point is well taken – and I personally am a HUGE fan of the Mauna Lani resort and am so glad to know all the details about their “greening” which as we know is SO critical to our success as an island community going forward. Thanks for the education! Happy New Year. Katie Minkus, R(B).

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