Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
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Reviewed by Kim Grant

As we know, earthquakes are devastating. But when the Big Island was hit with one in October 2006 and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was forced to close for repairs, the owners chose to seize the opportunity. Lemons into lemonade. The classic Laurance S. Rockefeller property, built in 1965 and an architectural treasure, remains the same in all the essential ways. But $150 million goes a long way in allowing a property to become the bar to which other properties aspire. The bathrooms, in

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Room Types
Hotel Suite
Recreation & Amenities
Beach Activities,Cultural Activities,Fitness and Beauty,Golfing,Gourmet Dining,Kids' Club,Spa and Massage,Swimming Pool,Tennis
Gateway Town
Closest Airport

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has 258 guest rooms. This property is situated on 60-acres overlooking Kauna oa Bay, one of the finest natural white sand beaches in Hawaii the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is known for its a remarkable sense of place that enhances without intruding on dramatic natural surroundings. In 2007 the American Institute of Architects recognized the hotel as one of the top 150 buildings of Americas Favorite Architecture.

Just down Kohalas Lava coast the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the kind of place families return to year after year. Children of long-time guests bring their children wanting the same room the same art on the wall and the same smiling staff. They may admit sheepishly that once in a while they try someplace else but for them nothing else quite measures up.

And small wonder. This is the elegant world-class hotel that Laurance Rockefeller built over 30 years ago as the ultimate family retreat. Today the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been restored to its original splendor and continues to attract sophisticated clientele the world over.

The world-renowned Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located on beautiful Kauna oa Bay considered by many to be the islands single most picturesque beach. Crescent-shaped with pure white sands and shimmering aqua waters it is perfect for water sports including swimming snorkeling scuba diving sailing kayaking catamaran riding whale watching and deep-sea fishing. Even at night guests step onto a circular lava outcropping overlooking the Bay to watch the manta rays swim beneath.

Created out of lava rock and optimism in the '60s by Laurance S. Rockefeller and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Mauna Kea Golf Course set the benchmark for Hawaii golf. Today, the legend continues as Mr. Jones' son Rees and his company Rees Jones Inc., lead a sweeping tee-to-green restoration of the Mauna Kea Golf Course, stepping up to modern USGA standards of play for today's golfer.

In 1997 the U.S. Golf Association named Hapuna The Course of the Future. This Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed 18-hole championship course is a links-style course featuring spectacular views of the Kohala Coast and Pacific with snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop.

A testament to earlier times when his world-class resort paid tribute to the ancient Hawaiian spirit Laurance Rockefellers 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 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will live on for generations to come.

Expert Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Family Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

By Away Travel Expert : Emily Kaufman
Family Expert Rating 3.0 out of 5
Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
Family Expert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Eat in one of 12 restaurants
  • Play tennis overlooking the ocean
  • The Keiki Club is best for kids five to 12

The Spread:
Wide, white-sand beaches are rare on the Big Island, but the 310-room Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a luxury resort, is situated on one of the island's best—a sheltered crescent, perfect for swimming and sunning. The resort also offers scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. At night, you can peer over oceanfront lava outcroppings to watch manta rays swim near the shore.

The hotel shares 1,839 oceanfront acres with Hapuna Beach Prince

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