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.


Seaside Tennis Club

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club has been named one of the Top 10 tennis resorts in the world, and its hallmark is its 11 courts at the ocean’s edge. The Seaside Tennis Club is one of the largest and most highly sought-after tennis experiences in Hawaii and provides all the services available at the best private luxury tennis clubs.

The pro shop offers equipment purchase and rental, tennis gear, resort logo attire and other apparel, racket stringing, individual game-matching, lessons, and video instruction service. Men’s and women’s locker rooms and ball machines are also available.

Enjoy daily clinics, round robin tourneys and private and group lessons, offered by Director of Tennis Craig Pautler, and Tennis Pros Wayne Barnes, Brad Karen, Hector Mendoza and Dan Klug. After your game, relax in the shade on the club’s comfortable lanai overlooking the sea.

Open 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Hours are subject to change without notice

Phone: (808) 882-5420 for reservations and information.

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Facilities & Services

  • 10 oceanside tennis courts
  • Pro shop featuring the latest tennis apparel, equipment, and accessories
  • Equipment rentals
  • Men and women locker rooms
  • Video instruction service
  • Ball machine
  • Tournament planning
  • Racquet stringing
  • Individual game-matching
  • Customized special events
  • Tennis clinics
  • Round Robin tournaments
  • Private and group lessons offered
  • Pickleball courts

Court Fees

  • $25 per person
  • Courts may be reserved 24 hours in advance for one and a half hours of play.
  • No fee for cancellation with 2 hour notice.
  • Need a partner? Call the Tennis Shop at 808-880-5420 to arrange a game

Special Rate

  • Mad Dogs & English Men
  • Available from 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • $15 per person

Dress Code

  • Tennis attire requested
  • T-Shirts are okay, no tank tops for men
  • Tennis shoes are required (no black-soled running shoes)

Adult Tennis Clinics

  • Daily / 9:00am
  • $30 per person
  • 30min. / 1 – 2 person(s)
  • 1 hour / 3 or more people

Round Robin Tournaments

  • $20 per person
  • Held 3 days a week / 2:00pm:
    • Tuesday: Men’s Doubles
    • Thursday: Women’s Doubles
    • Sunday: Mixed Doubles
  • Advanced reservations required

Private Lessons

  • With Tennis Professionals
    • $65 / half hour
    • $120 / hour
    • Available 8am – 5pm
  • With Craig Pautler, Director of Tennis
    • $75 / half hour
    • $140 / hour
  • Additional charge applies for more than 2 people

Junior Tennis Program

  • Offered seasonally
  • $25 per person
  • Tiny Tots: 4-6 years
    • 8:30am – 9:00am
    • Fun focused tennis for the young ones. Teach hand-eye coordination and basic fundamentals through fun and games.
  • Blasters: 7-11 years
    • 9:00am – 10:00am
    • An introduction to the game! Teaching the basic fundamentals; ground strokes, volley, and serves.
  • 12-16 years
    • 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Tournament + Training Class
  • Minimum of 3 players – Maximum of 6 players
  • Advanced reservations required


  • Available between 8:00pm – 5:00pm daily
  • $15 per person inclusive of 60 minutes of court time and all equipment
  • Advanced reservations required
*Pickleball is a fast and fun paddle sport for two or four players that combines elements of tennis, table tennis, and badminton.

All rates and hours are subject to change.

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