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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

4.5 of 5 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like any place, there are good and bad things to report. Top of the list: the beach. Very few sandy beaches on Hawai'i. This is the best I've seen. The service: incredible. From the servers at the restarunts to Desiree at the front desk (a great employee, mgmt), they are so accommodating. The only drawback is the food. For a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for visiting. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and thank you for mentioning one of our great team members. We do apologize that you were disappointed in the food, which is an area we're working hard to improve. We're confident you'll be pleased when you visit us again. Aloha. More 

1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We returned to Mauna Kea after several successful visits. We love the hotel's signature architecture and impressive art collection, our large room overlooking the golf course and mountains, the beautiful beach, and spectacular sunset views. But we were very disappointed, even shocked, by the prices at the Mantu Restaurant. I ordered a fish dish. It was a "b" and the... More 

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

Mahalo for being a loyal guest of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We apologize for your unsatisfactory experience at Manta Restaurant. We strive to use local produce and locally caught fish straight from our waters in Hawaii. Our prices are very dependent on current market prices and are reflected on our menu. We actively change and update menu items to reflect... More 

Santa Cruz, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed here twice and really like the property. It sits right on a gorgeous white-sand beach ringed with palm trees. The hotel lobby and exterior still have their retro 1960s look but the rooms are all updated and are spacious and comfortable. The pool is small but was never crowded, as the beach has great waves and plenty... More 

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

Mahalo for visiting and sharing your postivite comments and tips for others. We're happy you and your family enjoyed the resort and we hope we'll welcome you back to Kauna'oa Bay and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel very soon. Aloha. More 

Kenmore, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here about 7 times (either staying in a connected villa or condo) and we DO love it. But, ever since the remodel after the earthquake damage we have noticed some sad changes. What we used to consider understated elegance is now understated elegance with a price tag that makes us feel like riff raff. Uhm, we are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha and mahalo for your comments. We apologize that you feel Mauna Kea has become too expensive but do hope that sometime in the future you'll enjoy all that we have to offer. More 

Holland, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Search no further. If you are looking for a fantastic beach getaway for the full family then Mauna Kea is the hotel for you. Great rooms, great property, great gym, great beach, great bar, outstanding service, great food, great shops, amazing yoga. We stayed for two weeks and the only thing I didn't try was the spa, and that was... More 

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

Thank you so much for your comments. We are delighted you enjoyed every aspect of your visit with us and we'll look forward to welcoming you back soon to Mauna Kea! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews 40 reviews
37 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I had stayed at this hotel in my youth: Christmas at Mauna Kea was a tradition. My wife and I had found the beach last year and decided it was the place to spend her 40th. The hotel was built by the Rockefellers (RocResort) and has a Bauhaus-Mies van der Rohe feel. It is not a typical building and will... More 

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

Aloha and mahalo for your extensive comments. We are happy Nikki was so helpful - she is one of our best! We apologize that we fell short in other area and appreciate the opportunity to improve our services; we are always striving to do exactly that. We sincerely hope you'll return and discover the magical Mauna Kea you recall. More 

La Jolla, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I just spent two heavenly nights at this iconic resort. I was not sure what to expect as some reviews are better than others; however, I was very happy to see that this famed hotel, beach, golf course and grounds are as beautiful and magical as ever. If you can manage it-- you absolutely MUST reserve an ocean front deluxe... More 

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

We are glad you visited...and appreciated so much about our legendary hotel at Kauna'oa Bay, celebrating 50 years of timeless magic throughout 2015. Thank you for your comments and please, return soon. Aloha. More 

Sydney, Aust.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a very comfortable beach resort on one of the best beaches (if not the best) on the big island. The hotel has been recently refurbished so is comfortable throughout. Its age can be seen in the architecture and layout but that actually adds to the comfortable tropical feel. The food was comfortable resort food. Nothing spectacular but more... More 

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

Thank you for discovering Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and giving a shout-out to our award-winning Seaside Tennis Club. Mahalo for visiting and sharing all your comments, which we certainly appreciate. Aloha and return soon! More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Wonderful hotel. Beautiful surroundings. Right on the beach. We all loved the hotel and the food is really wonderful. I loved the room and at night to walk out and see the ocean. The pool is wonderful. It is a quite, serene place. Great for honeymoons!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for visiting and for sharing your comments here with others. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we'll look forward to seeing you at Mauna Kea again one day soon. Aloha. More 

Corona del Mar, California, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we honeymooned there in November of 2006 and have returned 3 other times. The beach is amazing when the waves are big, my husband and I had SO much fun playing in the waves in 2006, 2008 and 2014 no waves in 2011. We spent Thanksgiving there just last week and we had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
MaunaKeaResort, Manager at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for returning to visit us once again. We are very proud of our location here at Kauna'oa Bay and we are also proud of our hardworking team members. We are disappointed to learn that you did not feel their warm aloha spirit. We will of course research all of your comments and use them as learning tools for future... 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*
Number of rooms: 252
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Also Known As:
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#1 Green Hotel in Puako
#2 Luxury Hotel in Puako
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puako
#2 Spa Hotel in Puako
#3 Family Hotel in Puako
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