Welcome to Mauna Kea Resort
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Welcome to Mauna Kea Resort
It was while swimming in the turquoise waters of Kauna‘oa Bay, surrounded by a vast landscape of lava rock and ranchland with clear views of Maunakea’s summit, that American conservationist and venture capitalist Laurance S. Rockefeller decided to build Hawai‘i 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.
In December 1964, six months before the hotel was ready to receive guests, 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.
Golf at Mauna Kea Resort
Golfing in Hawai‘i at Two Championship Golf Courses
Mauna Kea Resort’s two award-winning 18-hole championship golf courses have set the standard for play and for environmental sensitivity in Hawai‘i golf for generations. Enjoy a sneek peak of our Mauna Kea Golf Course here.
Check off your bucket list at the legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course, created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones Sr. on what was once a barren black lava field. Today, lush fairways tumble across seaside cliffs with unfolding ocean and coastal views. Elevated, undulating greens and prevailing coastal winds demand accuracy, while the epic over-the-ocean signature 3rd hole guarantees an unforgettable day of play.
Mauna Kea Resort also boasts the Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed Hapuna Golf Course which opened to play in 1992. With dramatic elevation changes from sea level to 750 feet and Kohala Coast ocean views and majestic island views from every hole, this fun links-style course measures in at just under 6,900 yards. Its unique design makes it a favorite among visitors and kama‘aina alike.
Mauna Kea Golf Course
Consistently ranked among the top courses in Hawai‘i, this beautiful championship course challenges amateurs and professionals equally with undulating fairways and greens, protective bunkers, and distracting, unmatched ocean views. Services include pro shop, practice range, putting green, lessons, carts with GPS, and tournament play.
Hapuna Golf Course
Spectacular panoramic Kohala Coast and endless Hawai‘i Island views attract golfers from around the world to Hapuna Golf Course. Dramatic elevation changes lead to carpet-like greens flanked by natural landscapes. Course services include pro shop, practice range, putting green, lessons, carts with GPS, and tournament play.
Activities at Mauna Kea Resort
Mauna Kea Resort presents almost endless recreation options for guests in our corner of Paradise on Hawai’i, the Big Island. Discover new ways to create memorable moments with breathtaking experiences at Mauna Kea Resort.
Mauna Kea Resort is home to two of Hawai‘i Island’s most spectacular beaches. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel fronts one of the few white-sand beaches on the Kohala Coast – Kauna’oa Bay, and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort sits atop the island’s largest beach, Hāpuna.
Guests of Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, are welcome (seasonally) to enjoy the services of both Westin Hapuna Beach Club and Mauna Kea Beach Club. All guests are highly urged to check-in with our Beach Safety Team for any precautions before entering the ocean.
Mauna Kea Resort’s Seaside Tennis Club welcomes guests from our Mauna Kea Resort community to enjoy oceanfront tennis and pickleball courts. The club has regularly been named one of the Top 10 tennis resorts in the world. Its hallmark is its ten premier courts at the ocean’s edge, plus four new Pickleball courts. All courts have been resurfaced with Rebound Ace to provide guests the best playing conditions possible.
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 10 tennis and 4 pickleball 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, and lessons. Enjoy daily clinics, round robin tourneys and private and group lessons, offered by Director of Tennis Craig Pautler, and his world class Tennis Professionals.
We recognize the importance of each individual’s goal to maintain their personal level of fitness. At Mauna Kea Resort, both Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort provide equipment and facilities to help ensure those goals are met.
Spa & Salon
The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaiʻi-inspired therapies. Choose from a variety of massage, body treatments, aromatherapy and skincare services featuring our signature Elemis product line. Our full-service facility at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers five luxurious treatment rooms including a coupleʻs suite with balneotherapy.
There’s no need to venture far to seek sensational gifts and tropical treasures. Discover delightful surprises in designer resort fashions, swimwear and fine jewelry or shop for local marketplace groceries and gifts.
Join Aloha Ambassador, Healani Kimitete-Ah Mow, at Mauna Kea Resort as she shares the rich customs and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Guests may participate in lei making, basic hula, Hawaiian Language classes, and more. Healani shares the history and beauty of these and other traditions of Hawaiʻi while imparting the importance of keeping Hawaiʻi’s culture alive, vibrant, and integral to every visitor’s trip to our island home.
House of Mana Up
House of Mana Up offers a variety of local gifts crafted and produced by 100% Hawai’i-based companies that highlight the incredible ingredients, culture and more found across the Islands. Assortment of gifts include including food, fashion, home, beauty, and art products.
Hundreds of museum-quality art objects from the Pacific and Asia are displayed throughout Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, collected by hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller. The expansive collection spotlights Pacific Rim culture and spirituality, from Ainu kimono and glittery Thai icons to Maori canoe prows, bronze Indian chests, and wooden carvings. Hawaiian culture is also featured prominently through displays of traditional kapa (pounded bark) cloth, Hawaiian quilts, and kii (wooden images).
Art pieces are positioned informally throughout the hotel and grounds, where guests can discover and experience them up close. A complimentary 75-minute art tour begins in the hotel lobby each Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and shares more detail about the collection and its history.
Dining at Mauna Kea Resort
For more than 50 years at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the indulgent Ovaltine Froth and refreshing Fredrico cocktail, served beachside at Hau Tree, have signaled “vacation time” to countless travelers. Manta’s island and ocean-to-table menu is framed by spectacular ocean views while the iconic Copper Bar serves up a diverse array of entrees, tapas and handcrafted cocktails. Soothing sounds of the surf accompany soulful steel guitars at our authentic Hawaiian lūʻau.Restaurants at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort provide a taste of Kohala Coast paradise through fresh, local foods prepared and served with a touch of aloha. Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Meridia or grab a quick bite from Piko Coffee and Bar. Guests of either hotel can expand their dining options four-fold, with a stay-at-one, dine-at-all environment!
Coming together for a meal at the restaurants of Mauna Kea Resort is always a vacation highlight and one of the best traditions of all.
Contact Tomo Matsumoto To Learn More!
Phone: (808) 557-8689
62-100 Kauna’oa Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743