Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Mauna Kea hotel.jpg
View of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Kaunaʻoa Bay
General information
Location Kohala, Big Island, Hawaii
Coordinates 20°00′19″N 155°49′25″W / 20.005416°N 155.823727°W / 20.005416; -155.823727Coordinates: 20°00′19″N 155°49′25″W / 20.005416°N 155.823727°W / 20.005416; -155.823727
Opening 1965, 1996, 2008
Closed 1994, 2006 (for renovations)
Owner Seibu Holdings Inc. , Cerberus Capital Management
Management Prince Resorts Hawaii, a division of Prince Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 8
Design and construction
Architect Edward Charles Bassett of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (8th Floor Addition and Beach Tower), John Hara and Associates (2006 Renovations)
Developer Laurance Rockefeller
Other information
Number of rooms 252 (rooms and suites),[1] 310 rooms and suites prior to renovation
Number of restaurants 4 (Manta, Hau Tree, Copper Terrace, Number 3)
Official website

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is a hotel property on the Kohala Coast of the island of Hawaii. It sits at Kaunaʻoa Bay. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded the hotel an Honor Award in 1967 citing its "restrained detailing and fine spatial sequences." In 2007, the hotel received honors again from the AIA as it made the top 150 of its "America's Favorite Architecture" list.[2][3]


The development of the hotel was financed by Laurance S. Rockefeller and it was designed by Edward Charles Bassett for the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It opened in 1965. Original plans were to use architect John Carl Warnecke and build a series of small cottages, but those plans were abandoned. Instead firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was hired to use a modern style.[4]

The open-air design allowed natural ventilation from the trade winds, although rooms had air conditioning available. The hotel finally opened in July 1965, one of the most expensive at the time. Hotels with similar designs would be built along the Kohala coast over the next decades.[4] Ranch owner Richard Smart negotiated a long term lease of the land.[5] The hotel was named Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for the mountain Mauna Kea which is visible above the bay when not obscured by clouds.[6]

Mauna Kea was originally operated by Laurance S. Rockefeller company RockResorts prior the hotel to being sold to United Airlines in 1980. From then the hotel was managed by Westin Hotels. The hotel was purchased in 1989 by Yoshiaki Tsutsumi of Seibu Railway and has since been managed by one of his companies, Prince Hotels.

The hotel closed due to structural damage caused by the 2006 Hawaii earthquake.[7] After a $150 million renovation, the hotel reopened in December, 2008.[8][9]

The golf course is featured as part of the course lineup in the Links golf game for PC.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Luxury Big Island Hotels - Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - The Hotel - Luxury Resorts in Hawaii". Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  2. ^ "America's Favorite Architecture". American Institute of Architects. 2007. 
  3. ^ Miller, Erin (October 2, 2007). "Still closed, Quake-damaged Mauna Kea Beach Hotel won't reopen until fall 2008 (cached)". West Hawaii Today. 
  4. ^ a b Don Hibbard; Augie Salbosa (2006). "Where God Left Off: The Diamond Tiara of Laurance Rockefeller and a Polynesian Village". Designing paradise: the allure of the Hawaiian resort. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 101–112. ISBN 978-1-56898-574-9. 
  5. ^ "Richard Paler Smart: Founder". Parker Ranch Foundation Trust. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  6. ^ Chelsea Jensen (March 29, 2009). "Grande dame back in all her glitter". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  7. ^ Kurt Sanburn. "New Life for an American Icon". Hana Hou! Vol. 10, No. 3, June/July 2007. 
  8. ^ Lehrer, John (September 2009). "Welcome Home (cached)". Westways. 
  9. ^ "Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 'softly' reopens". Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Dec. 25, 2008. 

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