Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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Greetings from the Hotel General Manager

"Laurence Rockefeller embraced our island by developing this unique resort and opened many eyes to what makes Hawaii so special. Our pristine, all natural, white sand beach is often what initially attracts our guests. What I hear time and again, the reason guests return is our great customer service and stunningly beautiful and tranquil setting like no where else in the world.

Jon Gersonde
General Manager

Insider Tip
  • Mauna Kea guests enjoy the amenities of the resort's companion, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which includes a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. A shuttle between the Mauna Kea hotel, oceanfront tennis courts, and golf course; and Hapuna Beach's lobby, golf clubhouse, and fitness center departs every 20 minutes.
Hotel Overview
  • Picturesque beach
    Overlooking a white-sand crescent beach, this luxury Kohala Coast hotel is 13 miles from Waimea and 26 miles from Keahole-Kona International Airport.
  • Modern amenities
    Decorated with contemporary furnishings and artwork, guestrooms feature flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet access, and complimentary designer toiletries.
  • Pool, fitness center
    Guests enjoy a golf course built over lava rock, an ocean-view pool, and a fitness center; 1,600 pieces of museum-quality art is displayed throughout the hotel.
What to Expect:
  • Inspired by its environment, the hotel set architectural trends when opened by businessman and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1965. Its open-air, blue-tiled entryway has sand-colored concrete and seven-story palm trees. Staff and guests here include multiple generations of families.
Amenity Highlights:
  • Mauna Kea golf course is built over black lava rock, and golfers can still tee off over an ocean inlet at the third hole. Public spaces feature 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks from founder Laurance Rockefeller's private collection - including one of only three known 7th-century pink granite Buddhas from India. Lifeguards watch swimmers, snorkelers, and sailors at the hotel's white-sand crescent beach, and the large pool has an ocean view. Guests can choose from excursions, craft classes, lu'aus, and many recreational activities.


United States

  • Kohala Coast
  • Airport:

    Kona International Airport KOA
  • Each rooms features a contemporary Hawaiian motif with natural elements and color schemes that draw inspiration from the islands flora and fauna. The luxury laden guestrooms feature high-end furnishings, deluxe bedding packages, ceiling fans, and flat screen TVs. Spectacular five-fixture bathrooms boast dual sinks, separate showers, deep soaking tubs with windows welcoming in the natural light.
Room Amenities: 
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom telephone
  • Bottled water in room (complimentary)
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Ceiling fan
  • Climate control
  • Clock radio
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Designer toiletries
  • Extra towels, linens, bedding
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • Free local calls
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access - high speed
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Lanai
  • Massage - available in room
  • Minibar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pay movies
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Rollaway beds
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Turndown service
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up calls
  • Window opens
Property Amenities
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, 13 miles from the town of Waimea and 26 miles from Keahole-Kona International Airport. Lifeguards are on duty at the hotel's white-sand crescent beach. Snorkel gear, kayaks, boogie boards, and sailboats are available for rent. The concierge can help guests arrange activities such as parasailing or bicycle tours.

    Hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller's private collection of 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks and artifacts is displayed throughout the hotel. A brochure is available for self-guided art tours; docent-guided tours of art and gardens also are offered weekly.

    A salon offers hair styling, pedicures, and manicures, as well as massage treatments given in tents on the beach or in guestrooms. The fitness center with cable TV has self-service complimentary coffee. Coin-operated laundry facilities are also available.

    One evening each week, guests of the Mauna Kea can join astronomers to view constellations through an 11-inch lens telescope. At Manta Ray Point, manta rays dine at night on small fish attracted by a spotlight, as hotel guests watch. For children age 5-12, half-day or full-day activities are available seven days a week, with a 50 percent discount May 1 to September 30.

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Arcade/game room
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Babysitting/Childcare
  • Banquet facilities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beauty services
  • Billiards
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Business center
  • Business services
  • Clubhouse
  • Coffee shop or cafeĀ“
  • Concierge services
  • Conference room(s)
  • Currency exchange
  • Domestic help available
  • Doorman/doorwoman
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Event catering
  • Fax machine
  • Fitness equipment
  • Full-service health spa
  • Garden
  • Gift shop or newsstand
  • Hair salon
  • Health club
  • Internet access in public areas - surcharge
  • Kids' club
  • Laundry facilities
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Medical assistance available
  • Meeting room(s) (small groups)
  • Multilingual staff
  • On-site car rental
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking (valet)
  • Patio
  • Photocopy machines
  • Picnic area
  • Pool table
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe-deposit box - front desk
  • Security guard
  • Self Parking
  • Shoe shine
  • Shopping on site
  • Smoke-free property
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa tub
  • Suitable for children
  • Supervised child care/activities
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Tour assistance
  • Translation services
  • Wedding services
  • Wheelchair accessible
Number of rooms: 
  • 258
  • Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
    There are no room charges for children 18 and younger when staying in the same room as their parents or guardians.
    Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
    Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in, cannot be guaranteed, and may incur additional charges.

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Pets not allowed
  • Visa
Check-in time: 
  • 3 PM
Check-out time: 
  • 11 AM
  • Pavilion Restaurant and Wine Bar
    Stylish restaurant with a display kitchen and a wine bar. Serves international cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Open for breakfast and dinner daily.
  • Club House Restaurant
    Casual restaurant serving lunch and dinner.
  • Copper Terrace Bar
    Open-air bar serving evening cocktails. Features Hawaiian entertainment.
  • Hau Tree Restaurant and Bar
    Beachside restaurant serving lunch and cocktails daily.
  • Lu'au
    A once-weekly buffet feast is served outdoors in traditional Hawaiian style with Hawaiian music and dancing. The morning of the event, hotel guests can help prepare the imu (underground oven) to roast kalua pig.
  • The Mauna Kea coastal golf course, built on black lava rock, includes a third hole where golfers tee off over an ocean inlet. A lifeguard is on duty at the hotel's white-sand beach, and guests can rent snorkel gear, kayaks, boogie boards, and sailboats. Of 13 tennis courts, 11 are oceanside. Tennis clinics, round robin play, aqua fit, and yoga classes are offered throughout the week (surcharge). The resort's helipad is used by helicopters offering private aerial tours of the Big Island (surcharge).

    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the Mauna Kea; fees may apply.

  • Aerobics
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Golf - driving range
  • Golfing
  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Playground
  • Rowing or canoeing
  • Running track/path
  • Sailing
  • Scooter/Moped Rentals
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whale-watching
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga classes/instruction
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Other Names for the Mauna Kea on the Big Island

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