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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9706
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#3 of 7 hotels in Puako
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Experience a dreamy oceanfront setting at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection. Our hotel is located on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast Kauna’oa Bay and offers on-site biking, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and more. Enjoy luxury resort amenities like an on-site championship golf course, a tennis club, five restaurants and bars, a spa and a sparkling outdoor pool. Let us welcome you with Aloha to our iconic beach hotel at the Mauna Kea Resort.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Paid public parking on-site
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Makeup services
Waxing services
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Meera Ashok wrote a review Yesterday
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We had Cynthia cover our anniversary photo shoot and she was outstanding. She was very helpful in selecting the best locations, posing with my dress and making our photos look very natural. She was very creative in selecting different locations, backgrounds and was very open to suggestions. Five stars to Cynthia ! Thank you for making our anniversary memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2021
drpsb wrote a review Dec 6
Kohala Coast, Hawaii35 contributions72 helpful votes
Another long weekend at our go to staycation hotel on the Big Island. Lots and lots of tourists and an unusual storm were the biggest disruptions although an odd interaction at Manta is worthy of comment. Really enjoy lazing out on the lawn with occasional excursion to the beach, enjoying more shade and less competition for beach chairs and umbrellas than most of the folks coming in. Hey Mauna Kea, please sell me one of those amazing chairs on the lawn when you are through with it!!! I didn't notice lawn food/beverage service but wasn't really looking that hard for it. This visit they had greeters and leis which is nice to see again. Restaurant booking continues to be a challenge with Manta very booked and Copper Bar less so. Most of our meals were Copper Bar with good service, hardworking staff, and ok menu. I know tourists wouldn't notice this but they never change their menus and no daily special to break things up a bit. Skipped the Hau Tree, I've found the staff there to be wonderful but food a bit boring. Of course, one of the best beaches in Hawaii. Manta ... oh Manta, I'd so like to give you a thumbs up but ... first, ridiculously hard to get reservations. Was told by the server they no longer do a catch of the day. We were a bit surprised but ok ... and she told us the menu had just been changed that day but looked like the same to us. When we told her we were locals visting her attitude suddenly changed, she became cold, brusque and just kinda mean. We are NOT demanding people. Example, when I asked her opinion between two Chardonays she stared at me and coldly said one was oaky and one butter, and nothing else. I had to ask for a taste, which I did kindly, and was greeted with an almost angry, sullen countenance before she harumphed away and brought be back one of them in a shot glass to try. My wife and I were left feeling guilty like maybe we did something wrong to be treated that way. Usually when we disclose we are doing a staycation the servers are friendly and treat us like ohaha. But this was really odd. And to be honest, the food is uninspired. My wife had watery bisque and it was just not good. My mahi was coated in a "crust" that was an odd texture. Both were cold and delayed, did the server just let them sit for awhile??? Wines are better at Manta than Copper Bar, and the view is certainly spectacular. Nice little jaz band. But the weirdness from the server really gave the experience, which we had been looking forward to and booked a month ahead, a "bad taste". I would hardly ever do this but we asked to discretely talk to the manager, Dimitri, who I never saw come out to see what was going on at the front of the house after we left the restaurant and he offered to comp us something, which we declined, because we mostly just want better for our visitors who make such sacrifices to come here. The thing about Manta is .. there is no passion. None. The menu is for tourists who will likely not be repeat customers and the menu items are things like ribs, two different kinds of steak, the odd "crusted" mahi mahi, etc. Oddly, a previous visit I had one of the best fish I'd ever tasted here in Hawaii as a daily catch, perhaps the chef saw an opportunity to make something that wasn't part of the assembly line? So I know they can do better! And come on Manta, mashed potatoes??? After dinner, we went back to Copper Bar, which was lively and fun, had a drink with wonderful bar service with the guys who were really working hard, and felt better about it all. Maybe we just aren't sophisticated enough for Manta ... What else to tell you ... a little secret. You can reserve the cabanas for not that much with the folks at the beach shack and they are overlooking the ocean and set a little back. Really nice shade, you don't have to get up early and try and claim a beach chair. There is a little store you can get snacks and beverages from, unfortunately their coffee machine had been broken for weeks so just straight coffee but that's ok. There's a rocky path between Hapuna and Mauna Kea but honestly, the Mauna Kea beach is better in many ways. Last preachy comment. Look folks, I know you hate masks, we hate them too, but please have a little respect for us and wear them in elevators and inside as is our practice. We have one of the lowest rates for a reason and a little bit of consideration for us would go a long way. And pick up your trash please.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: The golf view with the larger rooms are a surprisingly nice alternative.
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Mauna Kea Resort, Agency / Consultant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 days ago
Mahalo for taking a moment to share your thoughts regarding your recent visit. We appreciate the feedback and will certainly explore the points you've raised so that we might continuously improve each and every customer's experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for many years to come!
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michael m wrote a review Dec 3
lovecultures14 contributions10 helpful votes
The resort is beautiful. It’s got a mid century design that I think some people think is dated looking. I think it’s very elegant but I happen to love mid century design. We came for 2 nights for our honeymoon, they upgraded us to a better ocean view room for free and gave us a free bottle of champagne. Only thing I was disappointed about was I tried to make a reservation at the Manta restaurant for dinner and they said it was fully booked and couldn’t take us for either night we were staying. Was disappointing for our honeymoon to get turned down, but the restaurant was super expensive anyway so i guess we saved some money. I’d definitely come back and stay again, it’s a beautiful resort.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is expensive, they offer self parking or valet for the same exact price so may as well do...
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Response from Mauna Kea Resort, Agency / Consultant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 days ago
Congratulations once again on celebrating your honeymoon! It was our pleasure to have you as our guest, it was an honor to celebrate such a monumental occasion with you. We look forward to welcoming you in the future. Mahalo!
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Ashley H wrote a review Dec 1
19 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed over Thanksgiving and thoroughly enjoyed our week! I want to give a shoutout to Braxton at Copper Bar and Jacob at Hau Tree, both were excellent, attentive, and funny! Look forward to our return!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Choose a Beachfront room
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Response from Mauna Kea Resort, Agency / Consultant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 2 days ago
It is truly our pleasure to deliver an enjoyable stay during your recent visit with us. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. We look forward to your return!
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Holly S wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Mauna Kea is amazing. The beach is the best and more private than Hapuna. Service was excellent everywhere we went. Our suite was perfect and the ocean wing was nice and quiet. Breakfast buffet was so good and nice to see during these times. Amy the concierge was the best! So responsive and always making sure we were well taken care of! Very nice gym and outdoor machines available too. And 5 stars to Cynthia and Pacific Dream Photography! With a 21 month old in tow, she knew how to tackle the toddler photography wars! She was so patient, let my son lead the way, captured even the most difficult moments, and even brought along a few toys! The pictures came out beautiful and we are so happy we chose them. From portrait to action photos she captured all the best moments. Thank you Cynthia!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Mauna Kea Resort, Agency / Consultant at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Responded 1 week ago
Mahalo! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed everything from the accommodations to the breakfast buffet. We hope to serve you again soon, Aloha!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Which popular attractions are close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Nearby attractions include Kona Kozy's Comedy & Magic Show (5.0 miles), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (1.0 miles), and Mauna Kea Beach (0.10 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Da Fish House, and Kohala Burger and Taco.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Puukohola National Historic Park (2.3 miles), Pu'ukohola Heiau (1.5 miles), and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve (4.2 miles).
Does Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.