Beginning of main content

Mauna Kea Beach

Visit what was once the most expensive hotel ever built, one of the first resorts in the region.

This resort beach on the Big Island’s northwest coast is a hot spot for swimmers and snorkelers and considered by many as one of Hawaii’s best beaches. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was opened in 1965. At a cost of U.S. $15 million, it was the most expensive ever built at the time. Decades later the beach and the hotel remain a popular destination.

Mauna Kea Beach is one of the most comfortable on the island. The sand is particularly soft, and it slopes upward toward the vegetation above it. Even when lying down visitors to the beach can look across the clear blue ocean water. Enjoy the lack of rocks on the beach, a rarity in Hawaii.

Snorkel at each end of the bay where small reefs have formed. Mauna Kea is not renowned for its snorkeling, but there is much underwater activity to see, without the crowds a reputation brings.

The hotel overlooking the beach is as iconic as the beach itself. The building has received many architecture awards, and in 2007 was ranked 55th on the American Institute of Architects’ favorite architecture list. You can reserve a room online. The hotel features a 36-hole golf course that offers spectacular views across the ocean.

Dine at one of the hotel’s many bars and restaurants to sample the exquisitely prepared produce of the region. Both hotel guests and the public are welcome to visit the dining and bar facilities, which all offer ocean views.

Mauna Kea Beach is located on the Kohala Coast in the northwest part of Hawaii’s Big Island. The beach is 33 miles (53 kilometers) from Kailua-Kona and is best reached by car, although some charter buses do frequent the hotel. Parking at the beach is extremely limited, and once full, parking attendants will turn you away.

Mauna Kea Beach is open daily and there is no admission fee.


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Map

Lodging Near Mauna Kea Beach

See all 763 Properties near Mauna Kea Beach
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort $332
Reviewed on May 17, 2019
See details
 
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

62-100 Kauna'oa Drive, Kohala Coast, Kamuela, HI
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Very friendly staff. Beautiful facility and comfy rooms. Excellent beach!

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection $525
    Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    See details
     
    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

    62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Friendly, professional staff. Excellent location. Top-notch beach, golf course and restaurants. Wonderful combination of retro and modern design in a small tranquil setting.

      4BD Villas at Mauna Kea #21 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Villa
      4BD Villas at Mauna Kea #21 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Villa

      4BD Villas at Mauna Kea #21 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Villa

      62-114 Kila Place #21, #21, Kamuela, HI
         
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Kamuela, this luxury villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course and Mauna Kea Beach. Hapuna Beach State Park is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

        3BD Villas at Mauna Kea #39 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Villa
        3BD Villas at Mauna Kea #39 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Villa

        3BD Villas at Mauna Kea #39 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Villa

        62-150 Kamahoi Place, #39, Kamuela, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Kamuela, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course and Mauna Kea Beach. Hapuna Beach State Park and Waialea Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Mauna Kea Bluffs #5: La Ikena O Komohana
          Mauna Kea Bluffs #5: La Ikena O Komohana

          Mauna Kea Bluffs #5: La Ikena O Komohana

          62-3682 Kewai St, Kamuela, HI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Kamuela, this villa is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Waialea Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Mauna Kea Beach. Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

            Western Sunview at Mauna Kea Resort - Luxury 7 Bedrooms Oceanfront Estate
            Western Sunview at Mauna Kea Resort - Luxury 7 Bedrooms Oceanfront Estate

            Western Sunview at Mauna Kea Resort - Luxury 7 Bedrooms Oceanfront Estate

            Waimea, HI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Waialea Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Mauna Kea Beach. Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

              Mauna Kea Home - Walk to Beach, Spectacular Views, Infinity Pool, Very Private
              Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019
              See details
               
              Mauna Kea Home - Walk to Beach, Spectacular Views, Infinity Pool, Very Private

              Mauna Kea Home - Walk to Beach, Spectacular Views, Infinity Pool, Very Private

              Waimea, HI
                 
                5.0 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0

                We visited with 3 adults and 2 small children. The house worked very well for us, and the pool was ideal for the kids. Peter was an attentive host and the house was every bit as good as advertised. Well stocked kitchen, comfortable layout, plenty of private areas to unwind and watch the whales and ...

                Remodeled Hawaiian Charm: Free Maid Service & Concierge Services
                Remodeled Hawaiian Charm: Free Maid Service & Concierge Services

                Remodeled Hawaiian Charm: Free Maid Service & Concierge Services

                Waimea, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course, Hapuna Beach State Park, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.