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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Puako
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Pasadena, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love the Mauna Kea and we have gone almost every year for the past 20 years. (there was an earthquake and it closed for a couple years) What we love- low key, old Hawaii feel. Friendly staff, nice clean rooms, safe location with best beach in Hawaii. The facilities are fine. the tennis courts are great, the golf course... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your remarks. We appreciate your business and are happy that enjoyed everything...including those delicious Ovaltine Froths! Aloha. More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sprawling property of Mauna Kea offers many beautiful nooks and crannies to sit and relax, from the long koi pond inside one of the buildings to the gorgeous beach. The room was outstanding, the food was very good and the beach met all of our wishes. We saw wales from the beach on most days, far off in the... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and that you particularly were able to enjoy and appreciate our amazing collection of art and artifacts. We hope you'll return soon. More

Los Angeles, CA
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
64 hotel reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Right. There is not a better hotel location in the world. The beach is spectacular. The snorkeling is superb. The architecture is inspiring. Several staff members are warm and full of Aloha spirit. The hotel has a relationship with the setting like no hotel I've ever visited. You will fall in love with it. But you will also come... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for your extensive review. We do want to offer a few comments in return. Everything at the Hau Tree is made fresh each and every day. Our beverage manager spot checks drink consistency regularly and coaches and mentors team members who appear to be missing the standard preparations. We certainly apologize if you experienced any inconsistency in... More

San Rafael, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at the Mauna Kea for four nights in late June, early July of this year. We were celebrating our second honeymoon, and it was our first time on the big island. You arrive at the hotel via a long driveway that winds through part of the golf course. We knew we were in paradise as... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and were able to relax....the #1 priority of the majority of our guests! Congratulations on your 2nd honeymoon and we hope to see you for many, many more celebrations in the years to come. Aloha and Mahalo. More

Bay Area, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting this hotel for over 25 years (for meals, visiting friends staying there, staying many times nextdoor at the Hapuna Prince), we finally spent a couple nights here to celebrate our anniversary. It's a classic hotel that lives up to its reputation in nearly every respect. We had a room in the southern wing such that we could walk... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Congratulations on your anniversary! We thank you for being a loyal Prince Hawaii guest and for celebrating your special occasion at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We appreciate all of your comments so that we might continually improve guest experiences. Aloha and mahalo. More

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to no place on earth as perfect as this hotel. And it's really "beach" that sets this place apart. Every morning when I would see the beach, I would start to cry - it's that perfect. My husband was concerned that I was having a bad time! Then he just got used to me being overwhelmed by... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

We try not to rest on our laurels....but we do really appreciate that you love Mauna Kea so much. We are proud of our timeless legacy and sincerely hope you'll be returning soon. Mahalo. More

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming to Hawaii for 30 years. We have been coming to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for about 9 of those years. It is our favorite place to come, and we would not go anywhere else. It is very nice in a very understated, Zen sort of way. It has arguably the best beach on the Big... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

We are happy we are your favorite resort in Hawaii! We anticipate that dining here will also soon be tops on your list! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and comments. More

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unlike most Big Island resorts, the Mauna Kea Hotel delivers on it's 5 STAR promises. Contemporary luxury, awe inspiring views, excellent service, fine dining (really good room service!) and fun wine selections are to be found in abundance at this very special hotel. The incredibly lovely white sand beach and tranquil waters are never really crowded as public access is... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing remarks. We truly appreciate hearing from you and appreciate your acknowledgement of everything we try to do to ensure superlative experiences and timeless memories for our guests. Aloha and mahalo. More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

....That's how many years we have been visiting the Prince Resorts Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. It's understated elegance at its finest. The ocean views are breath taking. The crescent shaped beach is truly a sight to behold. The outdoor breakfast dining terrace has a stellar view of this scene. Our last family trip was 2 weeks ago. The Aloha spirit... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for sharing your thoughts and wonderful comments. And mahalo for being such a loyal guest of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We sincerely appreciate your business and look forward to your return! More

Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
55 hotel reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first came to the legendary Mauna Kea in the late 80's and fell in love, couldn't wait to get back and I did and did…Earthquake hit and the hotel closed for years- redone a few years back and I returned this week after maybe 10 years…in love again. An exquisite beach right out your door and a natural setting... More

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MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

We love your headline! And of course, we agree. Thank you so much for returning once again to Mauna Kea and the shores of Kauna'oa Bay. We hope to welcome you back soon. More

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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Puako
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 4.5*
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Green Hotel in Puako #2 On the Beach Hotel in Puako #2 Luxury Hotel in Puako #2 Spa Hotel in Puako #3 Romantic Hotel in Puako #3 Family Hotel in Puako
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Hotel located on the big island of Hawaii. Gracious hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees. ... more   less 
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