Welcome to Mauna Kea Resort
Exclusive resort and estate community on the Kohala coast
Mauna Kea Resort covers nearly 2,000 acres and features two exceptional hotels, beachfront luxury properties, and several white-sand beaches, including one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. Mauna Kea is not as densely populated as some other resorts for a more private feel, and the rolling elevation provides stunning views of coast and sea, sometimes stretching all the way to Maui.
What to Love
- Lower population density and stunning views
- Most beach frontage on the Kohala coast
- Championship golf courses and water sport access
As a world-class luxury resort, Mauna Kea has tons of options for food, shopping, and activities. There is arguably no other community that offers as much beach frontage on the big island. It is also home to two championship golf courses. The Mauna Kea Golf Course was recently rated the #1 golf course on the big island of Hawaii.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
A central figure in the daily life of Mauna Kea is the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a five-star resort destination. The hotel provides luxury accommodations, dining, and unique attractions such as a moonlight manta ray snorkeling experience and nighttime glow canoe rides.
The newly renovated Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is the other central hotel in the area. This property is a stunner with four updated dining experiences and its 18 hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer.
Located within the Westin Hapuna Resort is a favorite restaurant, Meridia, a modern eatery that combines the taste sensations of the Mediterranean with delicious local Hawaiian ingredients. Their seasonal menu is served al fresco and features tasty entrees alongside homemade artisanal bread and a charcuterie and crudo bar. Top your dining experience off with one of their signature sunset cocktails or late-night libations.
Things to Do
The Mauna Kea resort is home to an oceanfront luau that has been voted the best Luau on the big island of Hawaii. This weekly luau features live music and entertainment with a fire dance, hula dancing, and the soft sounds of steel guitars. The tables are bursting with the bounty of the islands, from kalua pig to the freshest seafood, to papaya and pineapples galore.
The resort also offers tours and individual access to their excellent art collection. The tours feature stories behind the art and architecture as well as the history of the hotel itself.
Mauna Kea is on the Kohala coast which is a marine mammal sanctuary and offers some of the best whale watching in the world. These animals know how to put on a show with tons of dramatic behaviors, from tail slapping to full breaches out of the water.
No Saturday morning would be complete without a visit to the Waimea Town Market. The market features every kind of fresh produce you can imagine, from locally grown vegetables to displays of orchids and other exotic cut flowers. Peruse the artisan offerings to find a special gift or just get a bite to eat, a fresh pastry, or a locally grown coffee.
Mauna Kea is home to the Innovations Public Charter School, ranked within the top 20% of schools in the state.