Welcome to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Legendary Luxury Mauna Kea Beach Resort on Hawaii Island
An oceanfront setting of dreams on a stunning soft white sand beach at Kauna’oa Bay. Large accommodations that are sophisticated and serene at Mauna Kea Resort, which is one of the most celebrated locations in Hawaii. All amenities expected of a luxury resort include championship golf, award-winning tennis, cuisine that honors local flavors, plus beach and cultural activities that combine for the ultimate in resort experiences. Relax with pampering services at Mandara Spa, take a dip in our sparkling outdoor pool, workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center or treat yourself to a manicure at our Mauna Kea Beauty Salon. This is Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, as relevant and impressive today as its opening in 1965 by visionary Laurance S. Rockefeller. This is our Paradise. Let us welcome you with Aloha to our iconic beach hotel at the Mauna Kea Resort.
East Meets West Through Art
Mauna Kea Art Collection
A priceless museum-worthy collection of art and artifacts from Asia, Oceania and the Pacific Rim were acquired for Mauna Kea by developer Laurance Rockefeller. Guests and visitors may view the art collection individually or join a complimentary guided art tour Saturday mornings beginning at 9:00 a.m. Online podcasts are available to learn even more.
Premier & Suites
The main building of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers a variety of room types and views including oceanfront and golf vista accommodations. Guest rooms square footage ranges from 589 sq. feet up to 880 sq. feet in the deluxe category and even more in the premier and suite categories. All rooms offer one or more generous furnished lanai (balcony) for full enjoyment of Hawaii Island views.
Nearest the beach and a short walk from the hotel’s main lobby, Beachfront Wing guest rooms offer a prime location for morning and sunset strolls. Ground floor rooms provide direct beach access from the patio. Available connecting rooms make the Beachfront Wing ideal for families for fun-filled days on the lawn or at the beach or pool.
A Legacy Like No Other
Timeless Luxury on the Island of Hawaii
We have welcomed generations of guests to our secluded, 60-acre property on the sunny Kohala Coast since opening in 1965 as Hawaii Island’s first resort. Our idyllic shores are the perfect spot to unplug, unwind and explore the ocean with family and friends.
A Hawaii vacation doesn't take a lunch break-it's part of the fun of the Mauna Kea hotel experience. Enjoy dining in the sunshine beachside at Hau Tree restaurant, with tasty menu items such as Hawaiian Wraps, burgers, salads and a tasty Ovaltine Froth.
The Mauna Kea Lū‘au
The background sound of surf against soulful steel guitars. Tables fragrant with imu-roasted kalua pig and much more. The Mauna Kea Lū‘au shares Hawaii’s culture through music, food and family tradition. Offered at the hotel every Tuesday.
Number 3 Restaurant
Thirsty golfers seeking a mid or post-round oasis love the tasty menu of our golf clubhouse restaurant with grass-fed burgers or classic Crab Louis in a relaxed, casual atmosphere along with a cold one from the tap. Bocce courts nearby!
Unparalleled Vistas, Innovative Island-Inspired Menus
An indulgent Ovaltine Froth or cool Fredrico served beachside at Hau Tree. Big Island dining at Manta or tapas as Copper Bar. A clambake under the stars or a legendary Hawaiian luau. All of our dining traditions are as unforgettable as the ocean views. And coming together for a meal at Mauna Kea is one of the best traditions of all.
18-Hole Championship Golf Course
Mauna Kea Golf Course
Whether traversing our course on a Golfboard or chasing ocean views in a cart we guarantee one-of-a-kind play and an over-the-ocean par 3 you won't soon forget.
Unique Spaces, Inspired Results
Meetings & Events
Unique architecture, oceanfront location, and ample indoor and outdoor spaces provide the ultimate versatility to create results. Our team of professionals maximizes every vision to perfection.
Weddings & Special Events
Ocean waves and sunset skies painted amber and orange. Tiki torches, swaying palms, and flower lei. These, along with flawless execution, are hallmarks of weddings, celebrations and special events at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Hawaii Island's First Resort
History of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Mauna Kea was developed by Laurance S. Rockefeller after he went for a swim in the bay in 1960. Built on former Parker Ranch land, the hotel opened in 1965.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA, 96743
Experimenting on the Beach
Rockefeller’s original concept was a cluster of individual cottages along the beach, with no televisions or air-conditioning to interfere with the natural environment of the Kohala Coast. Architects Skidmore Owings Merrill produced a dome-shaped model that was almost washed out by a tropical storm, so a single-building design was next refined by lead architect Charles Bassett. Air-conditioning proved to be crucial in the warm, nearly always sunny South Kohala climate. But from 1965 to 1995, the hotel operated contentedly without guestroom televisions as Rockefeller had always intended.
In 1964, a year before the hotel was ready to receive guests, Mauna Kea Golf Course opened and became Hawaii Island’s first course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, who had pioneered a technique to create soil from lava rock, the course debuted with a televised “Big 3” match between Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player.
When it opened in July 1965 with 154 guestrooms after a $15 million build-out, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the most expensive hotel ever built. Praised by travel writers and critics worldwide, it was named one of the “three greatest hotels in the world” by Esquire magazine, one of the “10 best buildings of 1966” by Fortune, and presented with an honors award by the American Institute of Architects in 1967. What were viewed as exorbitant room rates started at $43 per night, including breakfast and dinner in the Pavilion, which featured international cuisine.
The New Wing
A new Beachfront Wing was added in 1968, designed by Honolulu architects Wimberly, Whisenand, Allison, Tong and Goo, with interior design by Phyllis Brownlee. Original paintings by John Young were commissioned for the guestrooms, and the Batik restaurant and Lounge was also added.
A Sister Property
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel closed for renovation in 1994, a few months before the opening of adjacent Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel that August. Designed by Beachfront Wing architects Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo, Hapuna delivered a contemporary resort experience at the other end of the Mauna Kea Resort property, featuring all ocean-facing rooms, meeting and business facilities, and an exclusive villa. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel reopened in December 1995 and the two hotels in tandem comprised a world-class resort and residential experience on the beautiful Kohala Coast.
Following a damaging earthquake in October 2006 and an unprecedented two year, $150 million renovation, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel reopened in December 2008. In classic Mauna Kea style, the hotel continues to welcome generations of guests to reconnect with life’s most authentic pleasures.
Marriott's Autograph Collection
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel became Hawaii’s first Autograph Collection Hotel through a marketing partnership. The Autograph Collection is an ensemble of strikingly independent hotels across the country. Each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was inducted as a member of the Historic Hotels of America. HHA is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which recognizes and celebrates the finest historic hotels across America.
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
At Mauna Kea we work tirelessly to preserve our natural resources. An array of forward-thinking programs include resource management and utility conservation.
Resort & Golf Shopping
State-of-the-art golf equipment, designer attire and accessories, logo gifts, and golf items. Drop off golf shoes for cleaning, sign up for lessons or simply relax and talk golf with our attentive staff.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Podcasts
At Mauna Kea, the Art Collection is designated as The Mark, which is a way for Autograph Collection Hotels to bring to life a unique character of the property. Among the hotel’s initiatives to introduce the collection to more people, the hotel has begun a series of Podcasts.
Our concierge team is dedicated to helping ensure your stay is the best it can be. Knowledgeable staff assists with island activity, dining and spa reservations.
Family, Couple and Wedding Photos taken by Pacific Dream Photography turns timeless Mauna Kea moments into lasting memories. A complimentary session with gorgeous resort backdrops is offered to guests.
See Kauna’OA Beach Live
Experience the magic of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with our live webcam.
Exactly Like Nothing Else
Discover our unique collection of over 180 independent hotels carefully crafted to leave a lasting imprint. Because it’s what we collect, that makes us who we are. Let our collection add to yours.
Dry Cleaning Service
Wake up Calls
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Smoke Free Property
Pets Not Allowed
No pets allowed-service animals only
Accepts: Credit Cards
Concierge desk service
Property has elevators
Languages spoken by staff:
English, Tagalog, German, Japanese, Chinese
For more information about the physical features of our accessible rooms, common areas or special services relating to a specific disability please call +1 808-882-7222
Accessible on-site parking
Property has elevators
Self Operating lift or a sloped entry in hotel swimming pools
Service Animals are Welcome
Valet parking for vehicles outfitted for drivers in wheelchairs
Van Accessible on-site parking
Accessible Entrance to On-Site Pool
Entrance to On-Site Business Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Fitness Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Spa is Accessible
Main Entrance is Accessible
Meeting Spaces are Accessible
On-Site Restaurants are Accessible
Room and Suites Access through the Interior Corridor
Adjustable Height Hand-Held Shower Wand
Alarm Clock Telephone Ringers
Bathtub Grab Rails
Close Caption TV
Deadbolts on Guest Room and Suites Doors
Electronic Room Key
Flashing Door Knockers
Guest Room and Suites Doors Self-Closing
Hearing Accessible Rooms and/or Kits
Lever Handles on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Deadbolts on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Electrical Outlets
Mobility accessible rooms
Non-slip Grab Rails in the Bathroom
Room Windows Open
Safety Chains and/or Latches on Guest Doors
Secondary Locks on Room Windows
Toilet Seat at Wheelchair Height - Toilet for Disabled
Transfer Showers in Guest Rooms
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Certified
Carbon Footprint: 58.99 kg per room night
Guest Room Recycling
Electric car charging