Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - Kona, Big Island, Hawaii - Luxury Resort

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Rooms & Suites: 258

"Every great beach deserves a great hotel." This was said by Laurance S. Rockefeller, who founded The 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. Four decades later, following a $150 million renovation, The Mauna Kea once again stands as a 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 Hawaii hotel. The legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course, updated to current USGA standards of play, where Rees Jones sets a new benchmark for Big Island golf. Gracious 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. With a timeless tradition of aloha, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel welcomes generations of guests to come and be inspired by the past, embraced by the moment, enchanted by the warm days and exciting possibilities ahead.


Andrew Harper Recommended

Accolades & Articles

"Renowned landmark resort tucked into a verdant hillside above picture-postcard beach on Kohala Coast of Big Island." - Andrew Harper recommended since 1984 See all awards


Conde Nast Gold List, Travel+Leisure World's Best, Wine Spectator Award, Andrew Harper Award Winner

Trip Type

Business Meeting, Family Vacation, Golf Getaway, Romantic Getaway, Spa & Wellness, Wedding

Wow Factors

• Some guestrooms feature oceanview baths. • Natural white sand Kauna'oa Beach, one of Hawaii's best ranked beaches by top travel authorities. • Enhanced beach and pool services, new padded chaise lounges, beach umbrellas, cabanas, thick orange beach towels, new beach activities and equipment. • Newly renovated 18-hole championship Mauna Kea Golf Course. • New golf clubhouse and restaurant "Number 3" created by John Hara Associates and Pro Shop by Procraft Heritage Creations. • Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, with dramatic exhibition kitchen. and extensive wine program, including the innovative Enomatic wine experience. • Weekly Luau, traditional Sunday Brunch and Clambake on the beach. • Hau Tree Beachside at Kauna'oa for lunch, snacks, sweets and cocktails. • The Copper Terrace for sunset ceremony, music and cozy firepits for conversation, cocktails and pupus. • 11-court Seaside Tennis Club. • New 2,500 square-foot fitness center with 43 Life Fitness exercise machines. • The Mauna Kea Salon for beautiful hair and nails. • New boutique shopping enclave along the meandering koi ponds. • Hawaiian culture shared through lei-making, hula, crafting classes, music, luau and more. • 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 transcendent new Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara.

Amenities & Services

• Fresh flower lei greeting at arrival • Relaxing, seated check-in service with refreshments • Lobby hostesses to assist and escort you to your room • Welcome gifts just for keiki • In your room... - Nightly turn-down service - Private lanai - Built-in entertainment center with large flat screen TV, media hub for internet access, iPod, movies on demand and more - Bedside iPod clock-radio - Mini refrigerators stocked with bottled water replenished daily - Coffee maker and Kona Blend coffee service - Safe for valuables - Robes and slippers - Iron and ironing board, hair dryer - Luxurious L'Occitane bath amenities: shampoo, conditioner, soaps, body lotion - Writing materials and a selection of popular magazines and visitor information - The Art of Mauna Kea, a beautiful coffee-table book about Mr. Rockefeller's art collection, to enjoy during your stay • Complimentary use of the Fitness Center • Enhanced beach services: thick orange towels, padded chaise lounges, cabanas, umbrellas, new water sports and activities • Valet and self-parking available (daily fees apply)


The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies. Choose from a variety of massage, body treatments, aromatherapy and skincare services featuring our signature Elemis product line. The full service facility offers five luxurious treatment rooms including a couples suite with balneotherapy.

Weddings, Events & Meetings

Indoor and outdoor group function spaces and meeting rooms, as well as picture-perfect wedding sites for a Big Island wedding.


The resort's helipad is used by helicopters offering private aerial tours of the Big Island. Waimea (Kamuela) - 13 miles Hawi - 21 miles Honokaa - 31 miles Akaha Falls - 65 miles Hilo - 72 miles


Kona International Airport (KOA)

Airport Distance

26 miles/40 minutes

High Season

Year-round destination