Hawaii Island’s First Resort

It was while swimming in the turquoise waters of Kauna‘oa Bay, surrounded by a wide landscape of lava rock and ranchland with clear views of the Mauna Kea summit, that American conservationist and venture capitalist Laurance S. Rockefeller decided to build Hawaii Island’s first resort. His inspiration to capture the spirit of this special place and ensure the hotel conformed to, rather than intruded upon, these beautiful natural surroundings, became today’s Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

1960: 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.

1964Golf First

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.

1965: Great beginnings

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.

1968: 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.

1994-95: 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.

2008: Next Generation

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.

2015: 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.

2016: Historic Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was inducted as a member of 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.

SUITES

These premium lodging options offer upgraded in-room amenities and provide additional living space to enjoy lazy Hawaiian afternoons or to entertain family and friends in the comfort of your own home away from home.

Beachfront Suite

Beachfront Suites have a sitting room, separate living area and bedroom, large furnished lanai (balconies),1 and easy beach access. Connection to a second guest bedroom with two queen beds are available.

To Book, a Room, call Reservations at 1-877-880-6524.

  • Beachfront Wing: Floors 3 and 4, North end
  • 1268 square feet / 117 square meters (inclusive of lanai)
  • Bonus garden-view sitting room
  • 2 lanai (balconies)
  • Separate shower and tub
  • 1 King bed
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Television
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Cribs permitted: 1
BEACH FRONT SUITES 360° VIEW

Beachfront Deluxe Suite

Beachfront Deluxe Suites have a sitting room, separate living area and bedroom, large furnished lanai (balconies), and easy beach access. Connection to a second guest bedroom with two queen beds are available.

  • Beachfront Wing: Floors 1-4, South end
  • 1562 square feet / 145 square meters (inclusive of lanai)
  • Bonus garden-view sitting room
  • 2 lanai (balconies)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 King bed
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Television
  • Maximum Occupancy: 5
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Cribs permitted: 1

Golf Vista Suite

The Golf Vista Suite on the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s top floor has a separate living area and bedroom, with views of our championship golf course, the Kohala Mountains and distant Kawaihae Harbor. Connection to a second bedroom with two double beds is available.

  • Main Tower, Top (8th) Floor, North end
  • 1252 square feet / 116 square meters (inclusive of lanai)
  • 2 lanai (balconies)
  • Soaking tub, separate wall-less shower, walk-out lanai (balcony)
  • 1 King bed
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Espresso Maker
  • Television
  • Bose Stereo System
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Cribs permitted: 1

Hualalai Suite

The Hualalai Suite on the hotel’s top floor features a separate living area and bedroom, an oversized bathroom with private, furnished lanai (balcony), and unparalleled views of Mauna Kea Beach, Pacific Ocean, and Kohala Coast.

  • Main Tower, Top (8th) Floor, North end
  • 1252 square feet / 116 square meters (inclusive of lanai)
  • 2 lanai (balconies)
  • Soaking tub, separate wall-less shower, walk-out lanai (balcony)
  • 1 King bed
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Espresso Maker
  • Television
  • Bose Stereo System
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Cribs permitted: 1
HUALALAI SUITES 360° VIEW

Mauna Kea / Mauna Loa Suites

The Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Suites on the hotel’s top floor are luxurious Presidential Suites. They each feature a separate living area, dining room and bedroom and four private, walk-out lanai (balconies) with panoramic ocean and coastline views.

Mauna Kea Suite (8th floor, South end; 1610 sq. ft.) Mauna Loa Suite (8th floor, North end; 1610 sq. ft.)
– Top floor locations on either end of Main Tower.

  • Main Tower: Top (8th) Floor
  • 1610 square feet / 148 square meters (inclusive of lanai)
  • 4 furnished lanai (balconies)
  • Soaking tub, separate wall-less shower and walk-out lanai (balcony)
  • 1 King bed
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Walk-in closet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Espresso Maker
  • Television
  • Bose Stereo System
  • Maximum Occupancy: 4
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Cribs permitted: 1
MAUNA KEA SUITE 360° VIEW

…Loved the old style Hawaiian ambiance. Beautiful grounds, golf course and secluded private bay and beach. Large, very comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Dining very romantic overlooking the local manta rays. Relaxed yet sophisticated!


Meredith W | July, 2016

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