Hundreds of museum-quality art objects from the Pacific and Asia are displayed throughout Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, collected by hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller. The expansive collection spotlights Pacific Rim culture and spirituality, from Ainu kimono and glittery Thai icons to Maori canoe prows, bronze Indian chests, and wooden carvings. Hawaiian culture is also featured prominently through displays of traditional kapa (pounded bark) cloth, Hawaiian quilts, and kii (wooden images).
Art pieces are positioned informally throughout the hotel and grounds, where guests can discover and experience them up close. A complimentary 75-minute art tour begins in the hotel lobby each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. and shares more detail about the collection and its history.