Mauna Kea Beach

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At a Glance

Big Island’s First Resort

Swimming in the pristine bay, founder Laurance S Rockefeller decided to build Hawaii’s first resort overlooking the stunning landscape in 1965. Opposed to coral beaches, the sand of Kauna’oa Bay is silica—a soft, fine powdery sand leaving guests feeling as if they are in a dream with the pristine setting and bright white beach. Undergoing a $150 million renovation following an earthquake in 2006, the hotel continued being first as the island’s first Autograph Collection Hotel in 2015.

What You’ll Love:

  • Kauna’oa Bay:

    White sand beaches and turquoise waters

  • Book activities through the Beach Club

  • Kona Blend coffee used in in-room coffee makers

  • In-room welcome amenity

  • Manta ray moonlight snorkel activity

What To Know:

  • Cabanas:

    Beach cabanas available for additional fee

  • -Beachfront accommodations:

    Every beachfront wing room has a lanai (balcony)

  • Timing is everything:

    Ocean activities are best enjoyed in the morning, while the wind is calm and waters flat


Whether relishing a swim in the white-sand bottomed bay, or strolling the historic grounds of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, relaxation can be found throughout this Hawaiian property. From morning to night, a plethora of activities and areas to explore lend themselves to romantic honeymoons or family excursions alike; from morning canoe rides to watching graceful manta rays under the moonlight.

      The Lowdown

      • Complimentary WiFi

      • Complimentary flower or kukui nut lei on arrival

      • Welcome gift for kids

      • Introductions to various beach activities are complimentary, with more extensive activities available at a fee

      • The golf course is Oceanside, tee times can be booked online or through the Pro Shop

      In the area:

      • Sunshine Helicopter tours

      • Hapuna Beach State Park- stunning white sands and crashing surf alongside a lava field walkway

      • Kohala Forest Reserve

      How to Get There