Mauna Kea Resort
Centered around the legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, considered the crown jewel of the Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea Resort is a residential community that has served as the blueprint for resort developments around the globe. Developed in the mid-1960s by Laurance S. Rockefeller, the hotel opened to critical acclaim in 1965. Today, the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort is anchored by two world-class hotels: the iconic 258-room Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the 350-room Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel property underwent a two-year, $150 million renovation in 2008, and the Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel was updated in 2018. Resort residents have access to the eleven courts at the highly-acclaimed Seaside Tennis Club, two fitness centers, a museum-quality Pacific and Asian art collection, a number of excellent fine dining and casual restaurants, and soul-soothing therapies and body treatments at the Mauna Kea Spa.
The hotels front some of the most beautiful, natural white sand in Hawai‘i at Kauna’oa Bay and Hapuna Beach. No other hotel or resort on the Big Island can match the beachfrontage and access to the pristine ocean waters. Mauna Kea Resort boasts two championship, 18-hole golf courses. The Mauna Kea Golf Course was originally created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Considered the benchmark for all other golf courses in Hawai‘i, this course was recently rated the #1 golf course on the Big Island and #12 overall in the Top 100 by Golf Magazine. Resort residents also enjoy the Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed Hapuna Golf Course, a links-style course that begins at a 700’ elevation and offers sweeping ocean views from almost every hole.