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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Unveils The New Copper Bar

July 1st, 2016


The sophisticated open-air restaurant introduces a renewed dining experience

MAUNA KEA RESORT, HI – After a multi-million dollar renovation, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is welcoming diners back to its iconic gathering place and introducing the new Copper Bar.

“Topping off a monumental 50th anniversary in 2015, we are excited to kick off 2016 by revitalizing Mauna Kea’s beloved Copper Bar,” said Craig Anderson, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel general manager. “While the relaxed setting and magical sunsets remain, the bright new look and shared-plates culinary concept are shaking things up in a fun and inspired way. The feedback has been incredible and diners are embracing the transformation.”

A Contemporary Design With a Sense of Place

An elongated bar with ample seating, a TV “lounge” area, an elevated communal dining table, multiple dining nooks, and open view planes better accentuates the true centerpiece of Copper Bar—gorgeous panoramic views of Kauna‘oa Bay. Complementing comfortable modern furnishings, elements of Copper Bar’s storied past are cleverly incorporated into the contemporary design. For example, guests can still enjoy restored skylights connecting Copper Bar to the lobby level, copper panels from the original 1965 bar now reused for the new back bar and marine rope has been refashioned into a new art-like wall feature.

Another nod to the area’s sense of place is a beautiful new mural painted by well-known Hawai‘i artist Solomon Enos. The stunning kauna‘oa that graces the property’s shoreline is represented in Enos’ piece as is its deep cultural significance. The piece, the first added to the hotel’s magnificent 1600 piece art collection in decades, brightens a new pre-function space centered between Copper Bar and the new Kauna’oa Ballroom.

Reimagined Cuisine and Craft Cocktails

Sous Chef Rio Miceli, born and raised a short distance north of Mauna Kea Resort, developed the new menu concept with the goal of creating a casual atmosphere where family and friends can gather to enjoy fresh, creative cuisine. Fun sharable plates may include:

  • Spicy Macadamia Nuts
  • Schezwan Green Beans
  • Kale & Quinoa “Tabbouleh”
  • Crispy Jidori Chicken Sliders
  • Kona Lobster Risotto Cake
  • Mauna Kea Roll with ahi, kampachi, tempura shrimp, avocado, tobiko and sesame snow
  • Hamakua Mushroom & Truffle Flatbread
  • Frozen Soufflé with meyer lemon and moscato

Artisanal cocktails, crafted from local and exotic ingredients by Copper Bar mixologists, along with tap beers and wine complement the renewed dining experience. The star of the new craft cocktail menu, the Mauna Kea Mule, is 100% island made with house made ginger beer, Pau Vodka, fresh island lime, soda and a dash of bitters; and naturally, served in a custom copper mug.

Copper Bar is open daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. for lunch, dinner and cocktails, with live music and hula nightly between 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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