Big Island, Big Fairways

April, 15, 2021

Where most people might think of California, Florida or even Scotland as the world’s mecca of golf, true believers keep coming back to hit the links right here on the Big Island.

Some of the world’s top course designers have made their mark on the Big Island. And why not? It’s a unique opportunity to do so on one of the world’s greatest natural settings. Carving out both championship-level fairways and humble municipal sites from the local lava rock has inspired fantastic runs. And being that there are all sorts of terrain and climates here, it could be teeing off a volcano one day and being sprayed by ocean winds the next. If you’re serious about golf, you’re seriously going to love your golfing options here. Ready to get into the swing of things? Here are a few of the best golf courses you will find on the Big Island.

Oceanic Adventure 

Image Courtesy of Mauna Kea Resort

If you think that teeing up next to the Pacific Ocean and enjoying a full day of waterfront views as you make your way down the green sounds like a day well spent, you may want to check out the Mauna Kea Golf Course. Here you will enjoy stunning vistas of nearby coves and resort beaches while you try to beat the par. Recent modernizing efforts mean that the championship course isn’t quite as hard as it was back when it debuted in 1964, but it’s still quite challenging. And if it all looks familiar, don’t be too surprised. This is one of the most widely photographed courses in the world thanks to its unbelievably picturesque setting.

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Lavas to Love 

Image Courtesy of Mauna Lani Golf

The whole mystique of Hawai`i is the world’s largest mountain, bubbling up from the seafloor as a massive mound of volcanic rock gets its own evocation here in golf form. The Mauna Lani Resort South Course has loads of stunning views like many courses around it — but expect a little something more special. Some of the holes actually end up against black lava rocks sticking out of the sea. You don’t see that every day on a back nine! Regardless of the sometimes surreal landscape, it’s a relatively easygoing course to enjoy. You’ll see plenty of ocean blue coming up against the deep green, quite an eyeful you won’t soon forget.

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Classic Pedigree 

Image Courtesy of Four Seasons Hualalai

One of the more storied golf courses here on the Big Island would be Hualalai. This is the very first one that legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus ever designed, and it has truly stood the test of time. Expect some of the more dramatic terrains you will find while swinging clubs on Hawai`i, as jagged black lava flows cut through the green. We won’t blame you if you feel like you’re teeing up in a Lord of the Rings movie!

It’s over 7,100 yards of impeccable play with a nice mix of challenging holes and free and open fairways. It’s a truly unique experience for even the most seasoned of players to enjoy. Another nice perk: exclusivity. If you want to play here, you need to be a local resident or guest of the hotel on the grounds. Once you make it, you’ll have some serious bragging rights!

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Getting Away from it All

If you’re the sort of person who wants to avoid crowds and proximity to more populated areas, then hit up the Makani Golf Club. High up at 2,000 feet of elevation, this is the only place here in Hawai`i that features bentgrass greens thanks to the cooler air. Expect to share your excursion with loads of wild birds and beautiful water features. Created by legendary course designer Perry Dye, it’s one of the loveliest settings to accompany your strokes with amazing views of the neighboring Mauna Kea Volcano, as well as the coastline far down below. Exhilarating and inspiring, this is one of the best golfing experiences you will have on the island, as sublime as it gets!

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Lucky We Live Hawaii!

March, 11, 2019


A green with envy golfing experience awaits at the end of a rainbow on some of the most picturesque golf courses in the world! Often called the “Golf Capital of Hawai‘i”, the Big Island has some of the most magnificent courses to choose from with striking contrast green fairways, white bunkers, black lava flows, blue Pacific waters and swaying palm trees. Choose your green and explore a variety of unique courses like the world-renowned and challenging Mauna Kea Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. For a more exclusive experience, The Club at Hokuli‘a is the only private oceanside golf club on the Big Island and an excellent Jack Nicklaus design. For some charitable fun, check out North Kohala Community Resource Center’s Annual Golf Tournament on March 16th!



Four Seasons Resort Hualalai ranked No.1 of the 2019 Best Hotel in the United States and in Hawaii by U.S. News & World Report! It was chosen based on its “outstanding service, ample on-site amenities, and elegant accommodations.” Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is also surrounded by white sand beaches and black lava landscapes at every turn… what are you waiting for, come visit!


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Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death Symposium: Hilo

24th Annual Kona Brewers Festival

Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” Project

North Kohala Community Resource Center’s Annual Golf Tournament

Aloha Theatre: Annual Magic Spectacular Benefit

Kahilu Theatre: Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

Tropical Paws Benefit

22nd Annual Heart & Stroke Walk

Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death Symposium: Kona



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Big Island Homes for Sale | Mauna Kea Fairways

October, 11, 2013

Big Island Homes for Sale at Mauna Kea Fairways North

Big Island Homes for Sale at Mauna Kea Fairways North
Big Island Homes for Sale at Mauna Kea Fairways North

Known for its beautiful beach and golf weather, the Kohala Coast, is one of the most sought after vacation destinations.  Near the white sand beaches of Hapuna and Kauna’oa you’ll find the Mauna Kea Resort, one of the premier resorts on the Kohala Coast.   Gentle breezes, calm waters, and pristine fairways only begin to describe this luxurious resort.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was built in 1965 by Laurance S. Rockefelle and since then it has grown to include world class restaurants, two championship golf courses, boutique shopping, and private communities.  Mauna Kea Fairways North and South both offer all the amenities of living within a resort while allowing you the privacy and serenity of owning a home.  Located 40 minutes from Kailua-Kona and only 20 minutes from Waimea, these communities offer the convince of being near a city with the relaxation you can only find in a resort.

At the moment we have several Big Island homes for sale.  In Mauna Kea Fairways South, at 62-3662 Leihulu Pl, we have a luxurious 3 bedroom / 4 bath home which offers the best of traditional Hawaiian living.  Vaulted ceilings and slide-away doors allow the cool ocean breeze to fill the house.  The floor plan of three detached bedrooms provides privacy for you and your guests.   If you live in this beautiful home, the main question you’ll have to answer daily will be, “Do I want to spend the day next to my solar heated pool overlooking southern coast or stroll down to one of the world’s finest beaches.”

Big Island Homes for Sale at Mauna Kea Fairways South
Big Island Homes for Sale at Mauna Kea Fairways South

Nearby, at 62-3695 Leihulu Pl, we have a 5 bedroom / 5.5 bath residence with breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline.  You’ll fall in love with the landscape as soon as you cross the tree-lined stone bridge.  Around this home you’ll find an oriental garden, a waterfall, and a pond full of water lilies and brightly colored koi.  Inside you’ll see vaulted ceilings, built-in-book shelves, and a wet bar.  Enjoy the sunny day from one of your lanais or on the patio next to the blue tiled pool.

In Mauna Kea Fairways North, at 62-3456 Hoolani Pl, we have a 4 bedroom / 4.5 bath estate at the end of a cul de sac.  You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and golf course from almost every room in the house.  Masterfully built on one of the largest lots in the neighborhood, this home offers contemporary design mixed with indoor/ outdoor living.  Your friends and family will be asking to visit all the time once they see pictures of the expansive lanai and infinity-edge pool.

If you’d like more information about one of these Mauna Kea properties or are interested in seeing some other Big Island homes for sale, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


Fabulous Fun In the Sun

June, 12, 2013

Mauna Kea Vacation Rental

The crescent shaped white sandy beach at the Mauna Kea Resort is one of the most beautiful on the Big Island.  The water is perfect for swimming and you can even go snorkeling at Manta Point.  Having two world-class resort hotels—Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel—doesn’t hurt either.  Each has luxury amenities, exquisite restaurants, and a friendly staff that will bring you a Mai Tai while you’re soaking in the sun.

At the Mauna Kea Resort we have two vacation rentals that will make your beach holiday unforgettable.  Each has sweeping views of the Pacific and access to everything the resort has to offer.  Spend the morning walking barefoot on the beach and the afternoon on a putting green at the 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course.  Then, stroll down to Kawaihae Harbor as the sunsets, and choose a nearby restaurant to experience.

Perched on elevated ground overlooking Kauna’oa Country Club and the ocean beyond we have a 3 bedroom/ 3 bathroom townhouse.  This vacation rental has a spacious floor plan with slide-away doors for traditional Hawaiian indoor/ outdoor living.  The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops, custom cabinetry throughout, and a superior line of stainless-steel appliances. You’ll also enjoy the private pool and lanai with a BBQ waiting to be grilled on.   For a relaxing holiday at the beach this place is perfect.

Hale Pau Hana at Mauna Kea Resort

Nestled on a knoll with breathtaking view of the Pacific you’ll find Hale Pau Hana, (the house to go to when work is done).  This 5 bedroom/ 6 bathroom estate is the ultimate Big Island retreat.  Three pavilions connected by open breezeways house the bedrooms.  Each room is designed like a private suite and has its own amazing view.  On the grounds you’ll find a pool surrounded by large rocks and a 15 ft. waterfall.  A jacuzzi is tucked behind a cove. There is also a swim-up bar which connects to a large entertaining area.  This serene vacation rental will replenish your soul and make you wish you lived on the Big Island year-round.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to the Big Island today. You can browse our other vacation rentals online at, or get in touch with us for more information at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

Big Island Trekking

May, 15, 2013

Mauna Kea, Photo by Rex Libris

Interested in exploring an ancient Hawaiian village?  How about hiking along a sea cliff?  Whether you’re a novice or an experience hiker, the Big Island has the perfect trail for you.  With terrain ranging from sea-level lava fields to the 13,796 foot peak of Mauna Kea, there are paths for all skill levels.  And best of all you’ll probably find something unexpected along the way like a rare orchid or a whale breaching the surface of the ocean.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has 150 miles of trails.  Beginners should try the Kīpukapuaulu or Nāhuku trail.  Kīpukapuaulu is a one mile loop through a bird park.  Along the way you’ll see recent lava flow from Mauna Loa.  The Nāhuku Lava Tube is an amazing 1/3 mile stroll.  Hike through the forest and inside the cave-like tube where lava used to flow.  The more adventurous and physically fit may want to hike the 3.5 mile Halema’uma’u trail.  Cross Kilauea Caldera to Halema’uma’u Crater and see lava flows and steam vents.  For more information and maps stop by the Kīlauea Visitor Center between 7:45 AM and 5:00 PM every day.

Captain Cook’s Monument and Kealakekua Bay can be accessed by hiking down a 2 mile trail through shrub tunnels, lava fields, and forest.  Although the trail is a bit challenging, the reward of arriving at the pristine beach is worth it.  The bay is said to have some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island and you’ll get to see Captain Cook’s Monument, a white obelisk.  Along the way you’ll pass through the remains of Ka’awaloa Village.

Trail to Captain Cook Monument, Photo by Captain Cook Society

The Awini Trail goes down to Pololu Valley Beach, a picturesque black sand beach.  The half hour hike can be quiet steep at times, but along the way you’ll see beautiful vistas and the view from the beach is spectacular.  Those interested in hiking further can follow a trail over the ridge to Honokane Nui.  The hike takes about 45 minutes, but the view from the ridge is stunning.  Make sure to bring your camera.

The Summit of Mauna Kea can be reached by a strenuous five mile hike or by simply driving to the top and walking a short distance.  The scenery along the way up Mauna Kea is best described as rugged or untamed.  At the summit you’ll find grand views as well as several astronomical observatories.   At the Mauna Kea Visitors Center there is free stargazing from their telescopes from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day.

So what are you waiting for?  Start planning your Big Island hiking tour today. You can stay in one of our vacation rentals while you’re here.  Have a look online at, or get in touch with us for more information at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

30 Meter Telescope To Be Built On Mauna Kea

September, 16, 2011

Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea

Have you ever wondered about life on other planets, supernovas, or black holes? In the next decade scientists will have more details about the nature of our galaxy from information collected by the Thirty Meter Telescope or TMT which is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

The new optical/infrared observatory will be built 4,205 meters above sea level on the northern plateau of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. The site is part of a 525-acre Astronomy Precinct that already facilitates thirteen telescopes. However, TMT will be the world’s most advanced telescope, with a collecting area that will be nine times larger than any existing optical telescope. New technology in adaptive optics will allow us to see through the earth’s atmosphere and provide pictures three times sharper than today’s images of the Milky Way.

Telescopes atop Mauna Kea

The objective of the TMT project is to study the evolution of our galaxy and the history of star formation. Scientist will be specifically looking at the distribution of dark matter. In the past it has been difficult to detect the structure of dark matter, but with the new TMT facility scientists will be able to study it on a fine scale. Also, the telescope will be able to photograph planets we’ve been unable to see before because of their position near stars, and we will be able to detect if these distant planets offer environments for the existence of life.

Professor Richard Ellis, Director of the Caltech Optical Observatory, said, “It’s 400 years since the telescope first was invented, and it has been an astonishing story of scientific discovery, and the Thirty Meter Telescope will extend and continue that story in a dramatic way.”

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Is Hawaii Season-less?…..365 Days of Aloha

September, 15, 2010

As the Summer crawls into Fall, the season of warmth and sunshine shifts across the country. The joy of Summer now fades in to grey, and the orange hues of Autumn begins to fall upon us.

In Hawaii, we have Labor day and Summer wrap-up bbq celebrations-but there is an overriding flavor to our celebrations slightly different to that of “mainland” soirees. Here in Hawaii, we know these gatherings of completion and the adjournment of Summer love is not the end. There will be more…much more. In fact we may run that fling right on through until Christmas.

Here in Hawaii we have Sundays of bbq’s, Hapuna Beach Volleyball evenings, Mauna Kea Beach sunrise walks at 7 :00 in the morning, Hualalai golf, Waipio Valley horseback and Mauna Lani tennis in our continuous season of celebration, friends, family and fun.

One of my favorite season-less days are the Friday night sunset sails on the Maile Charter or exotic cocktails on a blanket or  beach towel at the Puako shoreline. Moving into the starry nights there is The Blue Dragon’s tasty sounds and dancing- a twirl under the palms and the cycles of the moon from the dance floor. Seasons of fun…worlds of play, and communities of folks loving the responsibility of enjoying it all.

Always a great choice to be in Hawaii and invite the world of season-less fun year round!