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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.


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Lodging Near Mauna Kea Beach

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Hapuna Beach Resort

Hapuna Beach Resort

62-100 Kauna'oa Drive, Kamuela
4.3
of 5, from 1,683 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea.

$625
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela
4.7
of 5, from 245 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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.

Lanikeha Place 3916 (Glamorous Estate) by RedAwning

Lanikeha Place 3916 (Glamorous Estate) by RedAwning

62-3916 Lanikeha Place, Kamuela
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Park, and Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Waialea Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

NEW Waiulaula Villa With Private Salt Water Pool & Spa, Golf & Ocean Views And... Professionally Decorated - 2 Master Suites With King Beds and 3rd Bedroom is Set-up With Twins or can be Converted to a 3rd King Bedroom -

NEW Waiulaula Villa With Private Salt Water Pool & Spa, Golf & Ocean Views And... Professionally Decorated - 2 Master Suites With King Beds and 3rd Bedroom is Set-up With Twins or can be Converted to a 3rd King Bedroom -

62-3600 Amaui Place #318, Kamuela
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Oceanview * Luxury * Private Pool * 3 Masters *amenity Cards Available

Oceanview * Luxury * Private Pool * 3 Masters *amenity Cards Available

62-3600 A'Maui Place 344, Kamuela
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Wai ula ula344

Wai ula ula344

62-3600 Maui Place 344, Kamuela
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Exquisite 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Villa With Ocean, Mountain and Golf Course Views

Exquisite 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Villa With Ocean, Mountain and Golf Course Views

62-3600 Amaui Drive J202, Waimea
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this condo is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Mauna Kea Resort Villa, Ocean Views With Pool & Spa in Backyard

Mauna Kea Resort Villa, Ocean Views With Pool & Spa in Backyard

62-3600 Amaui Pl, Kamuela
5.0
of 5, from 9 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kamuela, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hapuna Beach State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and Mauna Kea Beach. Waialea Beach and Puako Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).