Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

man has enhanced what nature has so generously provided. The white crescent beach is still as pure as the day when Hawaiian royalty first discovered it. Flowering trees still fill the air with sweet scents. Woven into this natural mosaic is a renowned hotel of 310 rooms where guests enjoy an intimate experience of paradise. A soothing koi pond meanders through the hotel's inner atrium. Walkways surrounded by mature gardens lead to bluffs overlooking the sea. And priceless works of art enhance every hallway and open space. 

The Mauna Kea Resort was the vision and dream of respected hotelier Laurance S. Rockefeller more than 30 years ago. In what proved to be one of the most visionary decisions in the history of modern tourism, he chose a patch of black lava in an inaccessible area with two beautiful beaches to create a work of art that gave the Big Island of Hawaii a resort destination of legendary proportions.

Rockefeller envisioned a resort of world-class standards -- complete with hotels, golf courses and homes. The first step in making Rockefeller's dream a reality was the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Rockefeller completed his dream with the addition of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which opened in 1994 within walking distance from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Sharing 1,839 acres of oceanfront paradise with the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is nestled into the bluffs above the white sands of Hapuna Beach -- rated one of the best beaches in America by Conde Nast Traveler.

A testament to earlier times when his world-class resort paid tribute to the ancient Hawaiian spirit, Laurance Rockefeller's vast collection of Asian and Pacific art still graces the walls and lush tropical grounds. Over 1600 museum-quality pieces have been carefully preserved and displayed so that the unique culture of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will live on for generations to come. 

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Mauna Kea Golf course remains the standard by which all other island courses are judged. Eighteen holes of play sport panoramic ocean vistas, prompting Golf Digest to proclaim it the "number one golf course in Hawaii." One of the course's most dramatic features is the famous Third Hole, where surging Pacific inlet waters race to meet the rocky shoreline, creating one of the most photographed landscapes in golf today.

Situated on 60 landscaped oceanfront acres, the "Grand Dame" of the Kohala Coast has undergone a complete restoration and reopened in 1995. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel continues its proud tradition of hospitality and Aloha that was introduced by Laurance Rockefeller when he built the hotel more than 30 years ago.

Guest Rooms: The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features 310 ample guest rooms, including ten luxurious suites, each with a private lanai. The open-air architectural design, ceiling fan and natural wood interiors give each room a feeling of spaciousness while being enveloped in a sense of serenity and elegance.

Each guest room offers:

  • Private lanai 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Two Japanese yukatas (robes) 
  • Two pairs of indoor slippers 
  • Television (upon request) 
  • Nightly turn down service 

Hapuna Suite: The 8,000-square foot freestanding Hapuna Suite features:

  • Private driveway and porte cochere 
  • Four bedrooms with private baths and lanais 
  • Full-service kitchen 
  • Living room 
  • Dining room and den 
  • Private swimming pool 
  • 24-hour butler service 

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is just a short 30 minutes from the Kona International Airport and 40 minutes from Kailua-Kona town. 

Arriving at the Mauna Kea Resort is like coming home, even if you've never been there before. Most returning guests are greeted by old friends -- the same warm, kind and caring staff who have been greeting the same guests by name, year after year.

And like our staff, our service and amenities maintain that high level of quality and hospitality. Part of our complimentary Mauna Kea Resort "traditions" include:

  • Welcome lei upon arrival 
  • Welcome amenity fruit bowl in guest rooms 
  • Nightly turn down service 
  • In-room mini chill box with bottled water replenished daily 
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from neighboring sister property, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel 
  • Complimentary locking safe for valuables in each guest room 
  • Complimentary valet and self-parking on site 
  • Complimentary admission to Fitness Centers at both the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel 
  • Complimentary shampoo, conditioner, body lotion 
  • Complimentary use of hair dryer 
  • Complimentary use of bathrobe and slippers