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

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Rooms & Suites: 258

Five decades after opening in 1965, the Laurance S. Rockefeller-developed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel continues its timeless legacy on the golden Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island.

Tucked away along an idyllic beach cove with a sparkling white sand beach, the resort celebrates the ocean, land, and aloha spirit of Hawaiʻi. Guests can unwind, renew, and enjoy Mauna Kea moments across breathtaking indoor and outdoor spaces that carry out the resort’s signature understated elegance, mid-century modern design, and world-class Pacific Rim art collection. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers 252 spacious guest rooms and suites with private lanai and scenic ocean or golf course views as well as four restaurants & lounges including the beachfront Hau Tree and stunning open-air Manta restaurant. Resort amenities also include an outdoor swimming pool with luxury cabanas; an intimate Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara; a 2,500 square foot fitness center; the legendary 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course which established Hawaiʻi as a golfer’s paradise; the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club; and a daily Mauna Kea Keiki Club for children ages 5-12. Beach services include beach umbrellas and padded chaise lounges while ocean activities include snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Art and history enthusiasts can enjoy complimentary art tours each Saturday.


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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