Hawaii is not my regular beat. I know Waikiki is not my scene and I have not been to the other islands. Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl are my spots.
The ‘Big Island’ is Hawaii lures me with its rugged nature. The few points hotels are on the west side.
Today the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo reopens as a Hilton Doubletree.
The press release describes it as:
…located on 70 acres of stunning and lush oceanfront property, with magnificent views of Hilo Bay and the Mauna Kea Volcano. The hotel’s 320 fully-refurbished guest rooms and suites provide upscale, contemporary lodging for vacationers exploring the charms of Hilo and nearby attractions, such as stunning waterfalls, the lava flows of Kalapana and snorkeling or surfing off the beautiful bay and ocean coasts.
Hilo International Airport is 2 miles away, with service on United from Los Angeles as well as inter-island flights.
Award nights start at 40,000 points/night and are currently available at this price for every single night of the upcoming year.