Founded in 1965 by Laurence Rockefeller, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the most exclusive and expensive resort. Four decades later, the Mauna Kea once again stands as a landmark of luxury on the Big Island’s golden Kohala Coast. The Mauna Kea’s room inventory was reduced from 310 to 252 as rooms in the south end of the main building were reconfigured to have more spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. All rooms were redesigned in a style that is contemporary yet evocative of Big Island tradition. In the restaurants, exciting new sights, sounds, scents, and sensational tastes elevate the dining experience. The legendary Mauna Kea Golf course was updated to current USGA standards of play by designer Rees Jones.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, Timeless Happens Here - The more the world changes, the more you appreciate how some things stay the same. Having welcomed generations of guests to the secluded, 60-acre property on the sunny Kohala Coast since opening in 1965 as Hawaii Island’s first resort. The idyllic shores are the perfect spot to unplug, unwind, and explore the ocean with family and friends. Challenge yourself to a round of golf on the Big Island championship course, play tennis on the seaside courts' suite, or tour the expansive Pacific Rim art collection. All guest rooms and suites feature scenic ocean or golf course views and large, furnished lanai (balconies). They are imbued with understated elegance matched by just enough modern comfort and connectivity.
Rooms & Suites - Whether you choose an uninterrupted oceanfront view or panorama of the championship golf course, Mauna Kea’s spacious guest rooms feature large furnished lanai (balconies), understated elegant design and modern digital connectivity. Find your home away from home.
Dining - Knowing traditions that have inspired generations. The indulgent Ovaltine Froth or cool Fredrico served beachside at Hau Tree. Big Island fine dining at Manta or tapas at Copper Bar. A clambake under the stars or the own Hawaiian luau. All of the dining traditions are as treasured as the unforgettable ocean views, and coming together for a meal at Mauna Kea is one of the best traditions of all. Resort homeowners and residential guests may take advantage of Mauna Kea Resort’s Community Catering services.
"Manta" - First Course: Ocean Views. Begin your day in the open-air bay-view restaurant, home to a legendary breakfast buffet with made-to-order waffles and omelets, tropical fruits and juices, whole-grain cereals, and tasty pastries. As the Big Island of Hawai’i sunsets, the ambiance changes as the Bar & Lounge comes to life, and chefs prepare culinary delights in Manta’s exhibition kitchen. Be sure to check for the schedule of live entertainment throughout the year. A live, local jazz duo performs Wednesdays and Saturdays, and an award-winning wine list enhances every evening. Sunday Brunch at Manta is a time-honored Hawai’i Island tradition as visitors and island families come together to enjoy the abundant buffet and magnificent views of Kauna’oa Bay.
"The Mauna Kea Luau" - Voted #1 Big Island Luau. You fondly remember the soothing sounds of the surf against soulful steel guitars. Laden tables fragrant with imu-roasted pig, island fish, laulau, Lomi salmon, sashimi, and piles of pineapple and papaya. The sheer delight of teaching your Keiki the joy of finger-licking poi, dancing hula to the “Hukilau,” or being wowed by the fire dance. Created for Newsweek magazine back in the 1960s, the Mauna Kea Hawaiian Luau completes the experience with a taste of culture shared through music, food, and family tradition on the Big Island.
Traditional Hawaiian Luau Food - Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is proud to present the premier Big Island luau, a twice-weekly tradition that has stood the test of time. Many local publications, such as The Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii Magazine, Love Big Island, list the dazzling (and delicious) event as the best luau on the Big Island. The highlight of any Big Island luau is the cuisine. Whether you’re curious about the poi, poke, or laulau, you’ll return to your lavish ocean-view suite with a belly full of delicious edibles.
The Guest Experience: Luxury, Beauty, and Hospitality - But, of course, the top-rated Big Island luau isn’t the only draw here at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Upon arrival, the guests are met with first-class hospitality, jaw-dropping beauty, and a pinch of island sophistication. Each guest room and suite is steps from mouth-watering island cuisine, ceaseless beach relaxation, 18 holes of golf, spa treatments, and so much more! It’s also worth noting that reservations are a must for the best luau in Hawaii (Big Island).
"Copper Bar" - Timeless Favorite. Tapas and entrees crafted with local ingredients and cocktails handmade by Copper mixologists are perfectly paired with enduring panoramic views at lunch, dinner, and anytime in between. The iconic Copper Bar is back. Redesigned to embrace its storied past while launching modern traditions for a dynamic future, it’s one of Kohala Coast’s favorite dining and gathering places. Casual, creative tapas and entrees incorporate locally grown ingredients and are easily paired with a selection of craft cocktails, tap beers, and wine. Unwind with a handcrafted Mauna Kea Mule and absorb sweeping ocean views that have beckoned travelers for generations. Casual Resort Attire (footwear & cover-ups required).
"Hau Tree" - On the Beach at Kauna’oa Bay. Step off the beach and into the open-air Hau Tree restaurant & bar for a casual dining menu that includes sandwiches, wraps, hamburgers, salads, ice cream, and famous Ovaltine Froth, or a cooling Fredrico cocktail. Hau Tree offers sit-down lunches and relaxed dinners on the Big Island of Hawaii's. It’s complete with a gazebo-style bar perfectly situated for enjoying cocktails while anticipating the sunset’s elusive green flash.
"Number 3 Restaurant" - The clubhouse Number 3 restaurant offers casual island cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere adjacent to the first tee. Golfers, families, or anyone seeking a delicious lunch can enjoy everything from grass-fed burgers, fish tacos, and classic Crab Louis to cold beer on tap, frosty fruit smoothies, and signature Mauna Kea cocktails. Enjoy a fun game of Bocce Ball. Having added two new Bocce courts adjacent to Number 3. If you haven’t played, you’ll be hooked on this fun game, suitable for the whole family, in no time! Casual Resort Attire (footwear & cover-ups required).
Oceanview Golfing in Hawaii at the Mauna Kea Championship Golf Course - Mauna Kea Golf Course. “It’s hard to believe that before 1964 golf didn’t exist on the Island of Hawaii.” The Hawaii golf resort’s award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course has set the standard for Hawaii golf for generations. Created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones Sr. on what was once a barren black lava field, today’s lush fairways tumble across seaside cliffs with unfolding ocean and coastal views. Elevated, undulating greens and prevailing coastal winds demand accuracy, while an epic over-the-ocean 3rd hole guarantees an unforgettable day of play.
Activities - Mauna Kea Beach Hotel provides almost endless recreation options for guests to Paradise's corner on Hawaii, the Big Island. Discover new ways to create memorable moments at Mauna Kea: World-class golf at Mauna Kea and Hapuna, Tennis on 11 seaside courts, Ocean sports and activities, Hawaiian cultural experiences, Yoga and fitness classes, Tropical spa treatments, Weekly art tour, Shopping, Keiki (children’s) Club Adventures, Nighttime glow-canoe and manta snorkel adventures, Bocce Ball Courts