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Get an overview of this hotelWhite-sand crescent beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

Popular property highlights

Outdoor pool
Business center
Laundry facilities
Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
24-hour front desk

North of Kailua-Kona

An architectural trend-setter on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features golf, gardens, and 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks; Waimea is 13 miles away, and Hawi is 21 miles away.

Pool, fitness center

This Hawaii resort features a beautiful, white-sand, crescent beach, an ocean-view swimming pool, a full-service health spa, and a fitness center. Other activities such as tennis, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding are available.

Mauna Kea comforts

Guestrooms at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection include in-room air-conditioning, refrigerators, coffee makers, and tile or hardwood floors. All accommodations have a large, furnished lanai.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, 13 miles (20 kilometers) from the town of Waimea.

This Hawaii resort features a helipad which is used by helicopters offering private aerial tours of the Big Island. The concierge can help guests arrange activities including stargazing atop Maunakea, ziplining, hiking tours and whale watching cruises. Lifeguards are on duty at the hotel's white-sand crescent beach, where lounge chairs and umbrellas await. Snorkel gear, kayaks, boogie boards, and sailboats are available for rent.

Hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller's private collection of 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks and artifacts is displayed throughout the hotel. A complimentary docent-guided art tour is offered each Saturday morning.

Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara provides a full menu of Balinese-inspired body treatments, including four-hand massage, hot-stone therapy, and couples massage. Guests may also choose massages in-suite. The fitness center includes the latest in cardio equipment and free weights. Six meeting rooms offer nearly 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of space.

At Manta Ray Point, manta rays dine at night on small fish attracted by a spotlight, as hotel guests watch. For children age 5–12, half-day or full-day Mauna Kea Keiki Club activities are available 7 days a week.

The Mauna Kea Hawaiian Lū‘au on Tuesday evenings offers a traditional beachfront feast of imu-roasted kālua pig, island fish, laulau, lomi salmon, sashimi, pineapple, papaya, and more. Entertainment includes steel guitars, the hula dance, and the fire dance.

  • Outdoor pool 
  • Spa tub 
  • Concierge services 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Children's club (surcharge) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Conference space 
  • Total number of rooms - 252 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Hair salon 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Garden 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Children's club 
  • Health club 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1965 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1989 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 185 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 4 
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 4 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Golf course on site 
  • Business center 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-out 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Billiards or pool table 
  • Library 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Picnic area 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Outdoor tennis courts  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access ( USD 14.95 per night )

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 14.95 per night ), Wired high-speed internet ( USD 14.95 per night )

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Balcony 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave (on request) 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Television 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Digital TV service 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

Manta and Pavilion Wine Bar - Manta features a new exhibition kitchen to highlight the chefs' artistry, along with the "Enomatic wine experience," an innovative wine-tasting program. Guests can start their day with Manta's breakfast buffet overlooking the ocean, enjoying made-to-order waffles and omelets, tropical fruits and juices, whole-grain cereals, homemade pastries and the famous Big Island coffee. Manta serves breakfast daily, brunch on Sundays and dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

Number 3 - Golf clubhouse restaurant offering a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a Grass-Fed Burger, a Classic Crab, a cocktail or a frosty fruit smoothie. Open daily for lunch, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Beverages are available between 11 AM and 3 PM.

Monettes - American steakhouse featuring hand-crafted prime steaks from Brandt Farms, Colorado Lamb, fresh caught local fish, a selection of oysters and additional seasonal specialties. Open: Thursday - Monday from 5:30 PM to 9 PM.

Hau Tree - Restaurant by the beach serving Hawaiian sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, salads and ice cream treats. The little bar is the best place for a smooth tropical cocktail. Open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, dinner from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Cocktails are served from 10:30 AM to sunset. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Copper Terrace - Relax with a Mai Tai or a Copper Terrace signature drink, enjoy the smooth island rhythms of Hawaiian music and hula, and taste the yakitori grill, icy raw bar delicacies, your favorite sushi and more.

Nearby Things to Do

Mauna Kea's coastal golf course, built on black lava rock, offers a clubhouse with a Pro Shop and locker rooms, and includes a third hole where golfers tee off over an ocean inlet. A lifeguard is on duty at the hotel's white-sand beach, and guests can rent snorkel gear, kayaks, boogie boards, and sailboats. Guests can also swim in the large freshwater pool with a whirlpool spa tub.

Of the property's 13 tennis courts, 11 are oceanside. Tennis clinics, round robin play, aqua fit, and yoga classes are offered throughout the week (fee). The fitness center has cable TV and includes a weight room, treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, and circuit training. The resort's helipad is used by helicopters offering private aerial tours of the Big Island.

Complimentary activities each week include a golf clinic and a couples putting contest, hula dance and ti-leaf skirt-making classes, and tours of Mauna Kea's Pacific and Asian art collection and gardens. Guests can also help prepare the imu (underground oven), where a pig is roasted for a weekly lu'au. The hotel offers Hawaiian craft lessons in making miniature bowls (umeke) and decorative flowers (surcharge). One night a week, astronomers with an 11-inch lens telescope offer guided constellation viewing (surcharge).

At no additional cost, guests can take advantage of all recreation at the resort's next-door companion hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, including a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and summertime "Dive In" poolside movies.

  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Golfing on site 

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Thai massage 
  • Reflexology 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Ayurvedic treatments 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 17 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 80.00 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Only service animals are allowed

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 38 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 14.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 14.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 15 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 20 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 80.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Kamuela
  • Mauna Kea Beach Kamuela
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Autograph Collection Kamuela
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Autograph Collection
  • Mauna Kea Beach Autograph Collection Kamuela
  • Mauna Kea Beach Autograph Collection

We should mention

One child 17 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection is listed in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay and the 2015 Travel + Leisure 500.
  • The property is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

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