"Every great beach deserves a great hotel."
This was said by Laurance S. Rockefeller, who founded Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 1965. He knew the great beach at Kauna'oa also deserved spectacular golf and exceptional dining to accompany the most exclusive and expensive resort of its day. Five decades later, The Mauna Kea still stands as the landmark of luxury on the Big Island's golden Kohala Coast.
In the restaurants, exciting new sights, sounds, scents and sensational tastes elevate the experience of dining in our luxury Big Island, Hawaii hotel. The iconic Copper Bar is undergoing an exciting transformation. Mid-December it will reopen as a beautifully reimagined dining and cocktail experience.
The legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course, updated to current USGA standards of play, is where Rees Jones sets a new benchmark for Big Island golf. Gracious hotel guestrooms, artfully enhanced by John Hara Associates Inc. and Barry Design Associates showcase Mr. Rockefeller's signature "understated elegance" in a graceful fusion of modern features and fabulous style.
Our Big Island luxury resort features:
- 252 luxury guestrooms and suites, some offering serene golf vistas or ocean-view baths
- Natural white sand Kauna‘oa Beach, one of Hawaii's best ranked beaches by top travel authorities
- Enhanced beach and pool services, padded chaise lounges, beach umbrellas, cabanas, thick orange beach towels, new beach activities and equipment
- Award-winning 18-hole championship Mauna Kea Golf Course
- Golf clubhouse and restaurant "Number 3" plus well-stocked Pro Shop
- Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, with dramatic exhibition kitchen and extensive wine program, including the innovative Enomatic wine experience
- Twice weekly Luau, traditional Sunday Brunch and Clambake on the beach
- Hau Tree Beachside at Kauna‘oa for casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner, snacks, sweets and cocktails
- 11-court Seaside Tennis Club
- 2,500 square-foot fitness center with 43 Life Fitness exercise machines
- The Mauna Kea Salon for beautiful hair and nails
- Boutique shopping enclave along meandering koi ponds
- Hawaiian culture shared through lei-making, hula, crafting classes, music, luau and more
- Indoor and outdoor group function spaces and meeting rooms, as well as picture-perfect wedding sites for a Big Island wedding
- Museum-quality Pacific and Asian art collection, over 1,600 pieces gathered by Mr. Rockefeller and Davis Allen for The Mauna Kea in 1965
- Soul-soothing therapies and body treatments at the Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara