Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive | Kohala Coast, HI 96743 [See Map]
#2 in Best Hawaii - The Big Island Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 675 reviews
Property Type Resort hotel with 252 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean, Bay
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is one the Big Island's more historic properties: In the 1960s, the site was hand-picked by founder Laurance S. Rockefeller specifically for its beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline. Although most of the original architecture was battered in 2006 by earthquake aftershocks, the modern and sweeping redesign lends a sense of fresh and airy luxury to the hotel. Each of the 258 rooms comes with plenty of space for you to spread out, as well as a minifridge, an iPod docking station, nightly turndown service and your very own lanai (Hawaiian for "veranda") off of the bedroom. Although this historic hotel may not be as flashy some of the Big Island's other luxury resorts, you will find a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, the full-service Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara, and 11 seaside tennis courts. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also boasts several restaurants, all of which serve up different island-inspired cuisine. And according to previous visitors, the service you'll receive here is excellent, and the adjacent beach is one of the island's best.

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Critic Reviews


“Old-money travelers have long embraced this golf-course resort, which began as a twinkle in Laurance Rockefeller’s eye and in 1965 became the first hotel development on the rugged lava fields of the Kohala Coast.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional


“The atmosphere is relaxed and the thoughtfully renovated rooms have comfortable furnishings and a modern island feel. The hotel structure itself is less than grand, but in good shape for its age.”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2015
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The hotel offers rooms with views of the ocean or the rolling greens of its golf course. They are bright and airy with off-white walls and light wood furniture. Each accommodation includes a private lanai, and some also include direct access to the beach.

  • HD TV and iPod clock radio
  • Coffee maker and Kona blend coffee service
  • Ironing board, iron and hair dryer
  • $14.95 per day for Internet access

Standard room size:

590 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 675 guests have reviewed the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 675 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Mauna Kea is located on the Big Island's golden Kohala Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is located in a secluded spot, surrounded by the Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course.

  • Kona International Airport is 27 miles southwest
  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area about 3 miles south

  • 24-hour valet parking ($20)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($15)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The hotel has multiple dining options. Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar serves brunch, a breakfast buffet and dinner and has a wine list with dozens of bottles to choose from. At Number 3, the golf course's clubhouse eatery, guests can take a break from the greens and enjoy lunch and beverages.

  • Beachside restaurant Hau Tree serves lunch, dinner and cocktails
  • Kauna'oa Bar & Grill overlooks the bay and offers pub fare, such as burgers and pizzas

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The hotel has an outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and padded chaise lounges. Umbrellas and sports equipment are also available for lounging and use on the beach.

  • White-sand beach and turquoise water one of the biggest hotel draws
  • Towels available

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Mauna Kea Spa has Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired treatments like massages and facials as well as aromatherapy and skincare services. There is also a couples suite that offers balneotherapy.

  • Five treatment rooms
  • Outdoor cabana massages available, must be booked with concierge
  • On-site salon offers makeup, hair and nail services

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The hotel’s Keiki program is for children ages 5 to 12 and engages youngsters with supervised activities including hula dancing, arts and crafts and sand castle building. Programs are either half-day or full-day and include lunch.

  • Kids club ($90 per day)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The hotel has a 2,500-square-foot fitness center that features 43 cardio and strength-training machines and a full-time attendant. There is a minimum age requirement of 14 years to use the facility.

  • Complimentary yoga class
  • Strength training equipment
  • Personal training packages

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The hotel offers about 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space across a number of venues. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also partners with its sister hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, to offer other meeting options.

  • On-site business center
  • Audiovisual equipment available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available



Often recognized by industry giants like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, the Mauna Kea Golf Course features a driving range, putting green and more. Guests can take private lessons or join a group clinic at the resort with views of the Kohala Coast.

  • Clubhouse eatery, Number 3 Restaurant
  • Golf vacation packages

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The hotel hosts weddings that range from extravagant to intimate — from barefoot beach ceremonies to grand ballroom receptions. The hotel has "romance specialists" on-site to help couples with wedding details.

  • Wedding packages
  • Wedding at the Mauna Kea Golf Course + Audiovisual equipment available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive | Kohala Coast, HI 96743 [See Full Map]