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For golfers, the Big Island is a big deal—starting with Mauna Kea, which opened in 1964 and remains one of the state's top courses. (That course had to close temporarily due to damage incurred during the 2006 earthquake, but is scheduled to reopen in 2009.) Black lava and deep blue sea are the predominant themes on the island. In the roughly 40 mi from the Kona Country Club out to the Mauna Kea Resort, nine courses are sculpted into sunny seaside lava, with four more in the hills above. Indeed, most of the Big Island's best courses are concentrated along the Kona Coast, statistically the sunniest spot in the Hawaiian archipelago. Vertically speaking, although the majority of courses are seaside or at least at sea level, three are located above 2,000 feet, another at 4,200 feet. This is significant because in Hawaii temperatures drop by three degrees for every 1,000 feet of elevation gained.

Green Fees:

Green fees listed here are the highest course rates per round on weekdays for U.S. residents. Courses with varying weekend rates are noted in the individual listings. (Some courses charge non-U.S. residents higher prices.) Discounts are often available for resort guests and for those who book tee times on the Web, as well as for those willing to play in the afternoon instead of the morning. Twilight fees are also usually offered; call individual courses for information.

Big Island Country Club

. Set 2,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mauna Kea, the Big Island Country Club is rather out of the way but well worth the drive. Pete and Perry Dye (1997) created a gem that plays through an upland woodlands—more than 2,500 trees line the fairways. On the par-5 15th, a giant tree in the middle of the fairway must be avoided with the second shot. Five lakes and a meandering natural mountain stream mean water comes into play on nine holes. The most dramatic is on the par-3 17th, where the Dyes created a knockoff of his infamous 17th at the TPC at Sawgrass. 71-1420 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kailua-Kona. Tel. 808/325-5044. 18 holes. 7034 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $143. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons.

Hamakua Country Club

. The typical modern 18-hole golf course requires at least 250 acres. The 9-hole, par-33 public Hamakua course requires just 19. Compact is the word, and with several holes crisscrossing, this is BYO Hard Hat. Holes run up and down a fairly steep slope (a product of Hawaii's plantation era) overlooking the ocean. There is no clubhouse or other amenities, and the 9th green is square, but for $15 bucks, whaddaya want? Hwy. 19, 41 mi north of Hilo, Honokaa. Tel. 808/775-7244. 9 holes. 2520 yds. Par 33. Green Fee: $15. Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, pull carts.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

. Hilo Muni is living proof that you don't need a single sand bunker to create a challenging course. Trees and several meandering creeks are the danger here. Despite the lack of bunkers, the course, which offers views of Hilo Bay from most holes, has produced many of Hawaii's top players over the years. Taking a divot reminds you that you're playing on a dormant volcano—the soil is dark black crushed lava. 340 Haihai St., Hilo. Tel. 808/959-7711. 18 holes. 6325 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $29 weekdays, $34 weekends. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Hualalai Resort

. Named for the volcanic peak that is the target off the first tee, the Nicklaus Course at Hualalai is semiprivate, open only to guests of the adjacent Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. From the forward and resort tees, this is perhaps Jack Nicklaus's most friendly course in Hawaii, but the back tees play a full mile longer. The par-3 17th plays across convoluted lava to a seaside green, and the view from the tee is so lovely, you may be tempted to just relax on the koa bench and enjoy the scenery. 100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kohala Coast. Tel. 808/325-8480. www.fourseasons.com/hualalai. 18 holes. 7117 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $250. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Kona Country Club

. This venerable country club offers two very different tests with the aptly named Ocean and Alii Mountain courses. The Ocean Course (William F. Bell, 1967) is a bit like playing through a coconut plantation, with a few remarkable lava features—such as the "blowhole" in front of the par-4 13th, where seawater propelled through a lava tube erupts like a geyser. The Alii Mountain Course (front nine, William F. Bell, 1983; back nine, Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright, 1992) plays a couple of strokes tougher than the Ocean and is the most delightful split personality you may ever encounter. Both nines share breathtaking views of Keauhou Bay, and elevation change is a factor in most shots. The most dramatic view on the front nine is from the tee of the par-3 5th hole, one of the best golf vistas in Hawaii. The green seems perched on the edge of the earth, with what only seems to be a sheer 500-foot drop just beyond the fringe. The back nine is links-style, with less elevation change—except for the par-3 14th, which drops 100 feet from tee to green, over a lake. The routing, the sight lines and framing of greens, and the risk-reward factors on each hole make this one of the single best nines in Hawaii. 78-7000 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona. Tel. 808/322-2595. www.konagolf.com. Ocean Course: 18 holes. 6806 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $160. Mountain Course: 18 holes. 6673 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $145. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Makalei Country Club

. Set on the slopes of Hualalai, at an elevation of 2,900 feet, Makalei is one of the rare Hawaii courses with bent-grass putting greens, which means they're quick and without the grain associated with bermuda greens. Former PGA Tour official Dick Nugent (1994) designed holes that play through thick forest and open to provide wide ocean views. Elevation change is a factor on many holes, especially the par-3 15th, with the tee 80 feet above the green. In addition to fixed natural obstacles, the course is home to a number of wild peacocks and turkeys, which can make for an entertaining game. After noon, green fees dip drastically. 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Rd., Kailua-Kona. Tel. 808/325-6625. 18 holes. 7041 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $99. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant.

Mauna Lani Resort

. Black lava flows, lush green turf, white sand, and the Pacific's multihues of blue define the 36 holes at Mauna Lani. The South Course includes the par-3 15th across a turquoise bay, one of the most photographed holes in Hawaii. But it shares "signature hole" honors with the 7th. A long par-3, it plays downhill over convoluted patches of black lava, with the Pacific immediately to the left and a dune to the right. The North Course plays a couple of shots tougher. Its most distinctive hole is the 17th, a par-3 with the green set in a lava pit 50 feet deep. The shot from an elevated tee must carry a pillar of lava that rises from the pit and partially blocks your view of the green. 68-1310 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast. Tel. 808/885-6655. www.maunalani.com. North Course: 18 holes. 6601 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $205. South Course: 18 holes. 6436 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $210. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Volcano Golf & Country Club

. Located just outside Volcanoes National Park—and barely a stout drive from Halemaumau Crater—Volcano is by far Hawaii's highest course. At 4,200 feet elevation, shots tend to fly a bit farther than at sea level, even in the often cool, misty air. Because of the elevation and climate, Volcano is one of the few Hawaii courses with bent-grass putting greens. The course is mostly flat, and holes play through stands of Norfolk pines, flowering


trees, and multitrunk


trees. The uphill par-4 15th doglegs through a tangle of


Pii Mauna Dr. off Hwy. 11, Volcanoes National Park. Tel. 808/967-7331. www.volcanogolfshop.com. 18 holes. 6106 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $63.50 mornings, $51 after noon. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, restaurant, bar.

Waikoloa Beach Resort

. Robert Trent Jones Jr. built the Beach Course at Waikoloa (1981) on an old flow of crinkly


lava, which he used to create holes that are as artful as they are challenging. The third tee, for instance, is set at the base of a towering mound of lava. The par-5 12th plays through a chute of black lava to an ocean-side green, the blue sea on the right coming into play on the second and third shots. At the King's Course at Waikoloa (1990), Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish built a very links-esque track. It turns out lava's natural humps and declivities remarkably replicate the contours of seaside Scotland. But there are a few island twists—such as seven lakes. This is "option golf" as Weiskopf and Morrish provide different risk-reward tactics on each hole. Beach and King's have separate clubhouses.

Beach Course

: 1020 Keana Pl., Waikoloa. Tel. 808/886-6060. www.waikoloagolf.com. 18 holes. 6566 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $195. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Kings' Course

: 600 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa. Tel. 808/886-7888. www.waikoloagolf.com. 18 holes. 6594 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $195. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Waikoloa Village Golf Course

. Robert Trent Jones Jr., the same designer who created some of the most expensive courses on the Kohala coast, designed this little gem, which is 20 minutes from the coast, in 1972. Though not affiliated with the resorts, the Waikoloa Village course is the site of the annual Waikoloa Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments in Hawaii. Holes run across rolling hills with sweeping mountain and ocean views. 68-1792 Melia St., Waikoloa. Tel. 808/883-9621. www.waikoloa.org. 18 holes. 6230 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $80. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Tips for the Green

Golf is golf, and Hawaii is part of the United States, but island golf nevertheless has its own quirks. Here are a few tips to make your golf experience in the Islands more pleasant.

Wear sunscreen, even in December. We recommend a minimum SPF of 30 and that you reapply on the 10th tee.

Stay hydrated. Spending four-plus hours in the sun and heat means you'll perspire away considerable fluids and energy.

All resort courses and many daily fee courses provide rental clubs. In many cases, they're the latest lines from Titleist, Ping, Callaway, and the like. This is true for both men and women, as well as left-handers, which means you don't have to schlep clubs across the Pacific.

Pro shops at most courses are well-stocked with balls, tees, and other accoutrements, so even if you bring your own bag, it needn't weigh a ton.

Come spikeless—very few Hawaii courses still permit metal spikes.

Resort courses, in particular, offer more than the usual three sets of tees, sometimes four or five. So bite off as much or little challenge as you like. Tee it up from the tips and you'll end up playing a few 600-yard par-5s and see a few 250-yard forced carries.

In theory, you can play golf in Hawaii 365 days a year. But there's a reason the Hawaiian islands are so green. Better to bring an umbrella and light jacket and not use them than to not bring them and get soaked.

Unless you play a muni or certain daily fee courses, plan on taking a cart. Riding carts are mandatory at most courses and are included in the green fees.

Lava Hazards

Lava tends to be razor-sharp and not good for the life of golf balls, or golf shoes. If you hit a ball into the black stuff, consider it an offering to Pele, goddess of lava, and drop another one.

In Search of Birdies, Eagles & Whales

Breathtaking scenery is to be expected on Hawaii golf courses—as it is everywhere around the tropical archipelago—but many golfers are surprised at the variety of fauna to be seen among the verdant flora during a round.

Fortunately, this being Hawaii, there are no snakes, no man-eating mammals, not a single critter that poses a golfer any threat. But many do offer oohs and ahhs. The most dramatic by far are humpback whales. From late November through April, these two-ton cetaceans call Hawaii home. Whether they're spouting, slapping tails on the surface, or leaping completely free of the sea and landing with a tremendous splash, humpbacks are a delightful distraction.

Among the Big Island courses from which golfers have reported sighting whales: Hapuna, Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, and Kona CC.

While whales almost always induce a "wow," dolphins almost always elicit a smile. Make a double-bogey, see a pod of dolphins leaping past, and it's like the double never happened. Dolphins have been spotted from each of the aforementioned courses.

Lucky golfers, and those with good eyes, may also see sea turtles bobbing just outside the shore break or Hawaiian monk seals sunning on a beach. While seeking birdies and eagles on the course, golfers can also do some colorful—and significant—bird-watching. Significant because Hawaii leads the United States in species extinctions, and several members of the federal endangered species list can be seen on island golf courses. They include the Hawaiian goose (nene), Hawaiian duck (koloa

), Hawaiian coot, and Hawaiian stilt (as well as the monk seal). In particular, the nene, the state bird, finds a happy home on lakes at Hapuna.

Feathered friends range from the bright red American cardinal, seen throughout the islands, to the bright yellow saffron finch, seen primarily at Kona CC and at seaside resorts along the Kona Coast. At Hapuna, wildlife biologists credit the creation of new courses for increasing bird habitat and the number of birds. The number of new species doubled here, including the Hawaiian owl (pueo

). The pueo is important in Hawaii, where it was a totem of the ancient Hawaiian religion and today remains an


family deity, for some native Hawaiians. The Waimea CC on the Big Island has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its resident population of wild turkeys. The golden plover is seen on many courses while it winters over on the Big Island after spending its summer in Alaska. Like the humpback whale, the golden plover migrates back and forth each year between Alaska and Hawaii.

A final wildlife note: no threats to health and well-being here, but there are some conniving thieves. At many courses, mynah birds, the most human of birds, have been known to steal a sandwich left in a cart while the owner is hitting a shot between bites. Golfers beware, and protect your lunch.

Saving the Best for Last

Among golf's great traditions is the 19th Hole. No matter how the first 18 go, the 19th is sure to offer comfort and cheer, not to mention a chilled beverage. Many of the courses on the Kohala Coast offer a bit of history with excellent fare. At Hapuna, Arnie's features numerous photos and drawings celebrating Palmer's career. At Mauna Lani, the 19th hole overlooks the South Course's first and 18th holes and the North Course's 18th. At the Kona CC, the restaurant attracts non-golfers for lunch and dinner, offering good fare and views of the Ocean Course and Keauhou Bay. Cheers!

Golf Locations
1 Aston Shores at Waikoloa
Aston Shores at Waikoloa
69-1035 Keana Pl.
Waikoloa, HI 96738

Villas with red-tile roofs are set amid landscaped lagoons and waterfalls at the edge of the championship Waikoloa Village Golf Course. The spacious villas and condo units—the ground floor and upper floor are available separately—are privately owned, so furnishings vary from unit to unit. Sliding glass doors open onto large lanai. Picture windows look out onto rolling green fairways. All units have complete kitchens with washer-dryers, and come with maid service. Check the Web site for deals; separate rates are quoted for online booking, and they often advertise specials exclusively on their Web site. ResortQuest also offers a variety of air-inclusive packages, which can be a great deal. Pros:

good prices, great location, fully self-sufficient condos with maid service.


no access to resort amenities, fee for Internet access. www.astonhotels.com. 75 units. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: pool, tennis courts, gym, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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2 Colony One at Sea Mountain
Colony One at Sea Mountain
95-789 Ninole Loop Rd.
, HI 96742

Near the Punaluu black sand beach, these condos have been recently renovated, and the grounds have been much improved. Though not beachfront, they are close to the beach, near enough to hear the ocean, and just a short trip (30 minutes or less) from the Volcano. Pros:

golf course and black-sand beach next door, prime sea turtle viewing, close to volcano.


remote location, no restaurant, beach is not great for swimming. www.landofficehawaii.com. 74 units. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: golf course, pool, tennis court, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
1 N. Kaniku Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

The Fairmont is a mega-resort in every sense of the word—huge, crowded, expensive, with grand staircases, domed ceilings, chandeliers, and marble everywhere. If you're looking for a unique, intimate experience, this is not your hotel, but with its antiques and 32 acres of beachfront gardens the Orchid provides the perfect old-school hotel experience for some. Its restaurants are also among the best on the island, with a large variety of options ranging from sushi to modern Hawaiian cuisine to an upscale steak house. A one-time $40 activity pass good for your entire stay gets you access to all sorts of classes, equipment rentals, and various other amenities. The resort also offers 2½-hour voyages aboard an authentic Polynesian double-hull sailing canoe, the Hahalua Lele,

or "Flying Manta Ray." The "Gold Floor" of the hotel includes free breakfast and a daily wine and hors doeuvres hour, a deal that is useful if you can't start your day without a big breakfast—there's nearly always a wait for a table at the restaurant in the morning.


oceanfront location, great restaurants.


mammoth resort lacks personal feel, outdated room decor. www.fairmont.com. 486 rooms, 54 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf courses, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, water sports, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.

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4 Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
62-100 Kaunaoa Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Often more reasonably priced than its neighbors, thanks to a variety of ongoing discount options, the Hapuna Beach Prince is no less luxurious and happens to be sitting on a corner of the best beach on the island. Initially designed with business travelers in mind, rooms at the Hapuna Prince are spacious, with large marble bathrooms and plenty of in-room amenities. However, the generous rooms and beachfront location have turned the hotel into more of a family vacation destination than a business hotel, which means that couples seeking a romantic getaway might be disappointed by the number of kids playing Marco Polo at the pool. Still, the place is large enough to escape from other guests if you so desire, and the staff is exceedingly helpful. The golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, has topped many a "best courses" list and was recently named one of the most women-friendly courses in the world (what that means, we're still trying to figure out). A hiking trail and a frequent shuttle connect Hapuna with its sister hotel, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, with access to yet another great beach. Pros:

extra-large rooms, full or partial ocean views from most rooms, direct access to one of island's best beaches.


tons of kids around the pool can make it noisy, restaurant standards have been slipping lately. www.princeresortshawaii.com. 314 rooms, 36 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf course, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, children's programs. Credit cards accepted.

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5 Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
71 Banyan Dr.
Hilo, HI 96720

Though it does show its age and some of the rooms are in dire need of a refresh, this older hotel, with large bay-front rooms offering spectacular views of Mauna Kea and Coconut Island, is one of the most pleasant lodgings on Hilo Bay. Streetside rooms overlook the golf course. Most accommodations have private lanai, and kitchenettes are available in some one-bedroom suites. Views of the bay are showcased in the Queen's Court dining room, and the Waioli Lounge has entertainment Thursday through Saturday. Pros:

Hilo Bay views, private lanai, large rooms.


rooms sorely in need of renovation, prices high for quality of rooms. www.castleresorts.com. 286 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: kitchen (some), Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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6 Hilton Waikoloa Village
Hilton Waikoloa Village
425 Waikoloa Beach Dr.
Waikoloa, HI 96738

Dolphins chirp in the lagoon; a pint-size daredevil zooms down the 175-foot waterslide; a bride poses on the grand staircase; a fire-bearing runner lights the torches along the seaside path at sunset—these are some of the scenes that may greet you at this 62-acre playground of a resort. Shaded pathways lined with a multimillion-dollar Pacific Island art collection connect the three tall buildings; Swiss-made trams and Disney-engineered boats shuttle those weary of the long hallways and meandering paths. In another nod to Disney, employees access the various areas of the resort via underground tunnels. The stars of Dolphin Quest

(Tel. 800/248-3316. www.dolphinquest.org) are the resort's pride and joy; reserve in advance for an interactive learning session. Though there's no ocean beach, there is a seaside trail to Anaehoomalu Bay, aka A-Bay, one of the island's most pleasant beaches. An artificial sand beach borders the 4-acre resort lagoon. Modern rooms in neutral tones have private lanai and are large enough to accommodate the families that flock here. In addition to the resort's assortment of restaurants, the nearby King's Shops and Queen's Marketplace offer further options plus a small grocery store for picnic provisions. Be sure to leave your room with plenty of time before any appointment, or you'll learn to appreciate the size of this place as you sprint past the tram. Brides-to-be, take note: this is one-stop shopping, as the resort has a wedding-planning office, cakes, flowers, photography, and even fireworks and a "Just Married" boat ride.


a kid's idea of paradise, lots of restaurant and activity options.


gigantic, crowded, and often noisy; restaurants are pricey. www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. 1,240 rooms, 57 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, water sports, children's programs, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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7 Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club
Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club
78-6800 Alii Dr.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

This large gated complex sits right along the ocean, offering prime views from oceanfront units and the pool. Condos are large, comfortable, and very well maintained. Unlike many other complexes, Keauhou Kona has tennis courts and a very large pool. The two-story town houses are ideal for larger groups, although these are a bit more dated than the rest of the complex. Pros:

oceanfront complex with many ocean-view units, close to harbor and golf course, tennis courts and large pool in complex.


removed location requires drive to local restaurants, no a/c in some units. www.kksrc.com. 188 units. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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8 Kilauea Lodge
Kilauea Lodge
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd.
Volcano, HI

A mile from the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this lodge was initially built as a YMCA camp in the 1930s. Now it is a pleasant inn, tastefully furnished with European antiques. Rooms have rich quilts and Hawaiian photographs, and some have their own wood-burning or gas fireplace. A charming one-bedroom cottage with a gas fireplace and a private balcony is perfect for romance. Cottages off the main property include Pii Mauna House, on the fairway of the Volcano Golf Course. Rates include a full hot breakfast at the Lodge's restaurant, which has an excellent dinner menu as well. Pros:

great restaurant, close to volcano, fireplaces.


overpriced for area, limited breakfast selection. www.kilauealodge.com. 11 rooms, 3 cottages. In-room: no TV (some). In-hotel: restaurant. Credit cards accepted.

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9 Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

A Kohala Coast classic, popular with honeymooners and anniversary couples for decades, the elegant Mauna Lani is still one of the most beautiful resorts on the island. The open-air lobby has ceilings near the stratosphere, ocean views, and a constant, pleasant breeze. The vast majority of the large, recently renovated rooms have ocean views, and all have a large lanai. The resort is known for its two spectacular golf courses and award-winning spa. Though the resort's Canoe House restaurant has been highly acclaimed for years and makes for a beautiful dining experience (open air, right on the beach, tons of beautiful koa wood and candlelight), none of the Mauna Lani restaurants really qualify as phenomenal—but not to worry, Tommy Bahama's and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse have opened up in The Shops at Mauna Lani, the Fairmont's restaurants are right next door, and several others await within a 10-mi radius of the hotel. Pros:

beautiful design, award-winning spa, each room has a large private lanai.


so-so restaurants, lacks kid-friendly features. www.maunalani.com. 335 rooms, 10 suites, 5 bungalows. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf courses, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, children's programs, business center. Credit cards accepted.

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10 Mauna Lani Point Villas and The Islands of Mauna Lani Condominiums
Mauna Lani Point Villas and The Islands of Mauna Lani Condominiums
68-1050 Mauna Lani Point Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Surrounded by the emerald greens of a world-class ocean-side golf course, spacious two-story suites at Islands of Mauna Lani offer a private, independent home away from home. The privately owned units, individually decorated according to the owners' tastes, have European cabinets and oversize soaking tubs in the main bedrooms. The pool has a little waterfall. The Mauna Lani Point villas are closer to the beach, which means they're priced a little higher, but an ocean view from the lanai of most units may be worth it. A number of celebrities have booked vacations here to escape the media glare—depending on the package you get, some of the villas even come with a personal butler. Whether you choose to stay closer to the golf course at Mauna Lani Point, or to the beach at Mauna Lani Terrace, you're just a few steps away from the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, where you have access to golf, tennis, spa facilities, and restaurants. Pros:

privacy, but with access to resort amenities; soaking tubs; extra-large units.


can get very pricey, a bit farther from restaurants. www.classicresorts.com. 61 units. In-room: kitchen (some). In-hotel: pool. Credit cards accepted.

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11 Outrigger Fairway Villas at Waikoloa
Outrigger Fairway Villas at Waikoloa
69-200 Pohakulana Pl.
Waikoloa, HI 96738

Large and comfy town houses just off the fairway of the Hilton Waikoloa golf course are a short walk from Anaehoomalu Bay. The Fairway Villas, designed to mimic plantation-era homes, are decorated with rattan furniture and cozy earth tones. Unlike most of the other condominium complexes, there is a uniformity to the Fairway Villas—units are individually owned, but all are managed by Outrigger, which means they are all decorated and laid out similarly. The villas have their own infinity pool and hot tub and a small gym right next to the pool. Guests do not have access to the fitness or pool facilities at the neighboring Hilton Waikoloa Village, but they are welcome at the spa, restaurants, shops, and grounds. Pros:

good location for beach and golf, infinity pool, kid friendly.


don't have complete use of resort facilities, no 1-bedroom units. www.outrigger.com. 80 units. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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12 Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona
Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona
78-261 Manukai St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

The 16-acre grounds provide a peaceful and verdant background for this low-rise condominium complex bordering the Keauhou-Kona Country Club. It's walking distance from the golf course but within a five-minute drive of the nearest beaches (Kahaluu and White Sands). Large one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments have koa-wood cabinetwork and washer-dryers; oceanfront villas have private hot tubs. A restaurant, The Bar and Grill at Kanaloa, serves up New American cuisine on a lovely covered outdoor patio. Pros:

oceanfront restaurant in complex, across the street from acclaimed golf course, three pools with hot tubs.


not within walking distance of grocery store or beach, some owners don't manage their rentals well. www.outrigger.com. 166 units. In-room: safe, kitchen. In-hotel: bar, pools, tennis courts, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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13 Waikoloa Beach Marriott
Waikoloa Beach Marriott
69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr.
Waikoloa, HI 96738

The most affordable resort on the Kohala Coast, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott covers 15 acres and encompasses ancient fishponds, historic trails, and petroglyph fields. All of the Marriott's rooms, some of them very recently completed, have low-slung, sleek modern beds framed with dark wood that contrasts nicely with bright white linens and Hawaiian art in a rainbow of tropical colors. The oversize cabana rooms overlook the lagoon. Dining is not the hotel's strong suit, but the Waikoloa Beach Grill, plus the tons of restaurants at the King's Shops, Queen's Marketplace, and the next-door Hilton, offer plenty of choices within walking distance. The hotel's Mandara Spa offers a full range of treatments in a spacious new wellness center. Bordering the white-sand beach of Anaehoomalu Bay, the hotel has a range of ocean activities, including wedding-vow renewals on a catamaran. Pros:

great location at a great price, brand new hotel, well-designed interiors.


no standout restaurants, nothing particularly Hawaiian about it. www.marriott.com. 523 rooms, 22 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, golf courses, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, children's programs, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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14 Volcano Golf Course and Country Club
Volcano Golf Course and Country Club

, HI

Don't let the "country club" bit fool you, this is nothing like the snooty courses on the Kohala coast. First off, the green fees are way lower; second, the course is well maintained but not overly manicured; and third, there are rarely crowds so play is continuous and moves quickly. The course itself is reasonably challenging—an 18-hole, par 72 course—but the real draws are the views and the location. It might be the only course in the world built on an active volcano (Kilauea), with views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, as well as frequent hawk, wild turkey, and nene sightings. The small golf course restaurant also serves a great (and cheap) breakfast or lunch. www.volcanogolfshop.com. Admission: Green fee $63. Hours: Daily 7-5.

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15 Volcano Winery
Volcano Winery
35 Pii Mauna Dr.
, HI

Lava rock may not seem like ideal soil for the cultivation of grapes, but that hasn't stopped the Volcano Winery from producing award-winning wines combining their Volcano-grown grapes with various island ingredients. Their Macadamia Nut Honey Wine works well as an after-dinner drink, although it may be a touch too sweet for some. Their white Symphony wines have garnered the most praise from critics and visitors to the winery. The wines here are good, but not amazing. The primary reason to visit is the novelty of the winery itself—wine produced from an active volcano is undeniably interesting and appealing. And it makes for a great, unique (and fairly reasonable) gift to bring home. The winery is in a pleasant setting, looking out over the vineyard and nearby golf course; staff are friendly and helpful; and their gift store has a well-chosen selection of local crafts and goods. www.volcanowinery.com. Admission: Free tasting. Hours: Daily 10-5:30.

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