The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has 258 guest rooms . This property is situated on 60-acres overlooking Kauna oa Bay, one of the finest natural white sand beaches in Hawaii the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is known for its a remarkable sense of place that enhances without intruding on dramatic natural surroundings . In 2007 the American Institute of Architects recognized the hotel as one of the top 150 buildings of Americas Favorite Architecture .
Just down Kohalas Lava coast the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the kind of place families return to year after year . Children of long-time guests bring their children wanting the same room the same art on the wall and the same smiling staff . They may admit sheepishly that once in a while they try someplace else but for them nothing else quite measures up .
And small wonder . This is the elegant world-class hotel that Laurance Rockefeller built over 30 years ago as the ultimate family retreat . Today the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been restored to its original splendor and continues to attract sophisticated clientele the world over .
The world-renowned Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located on beautiful Kauna oa Bay considered by many to be the islands single most picturesque beach . Crescent-shaped with pure white sands and shimmering aqua waters it is perfect for water sports including swimming snorkeling scuba diving sailing kayaking catamaran riding whale watching and deep-sea fishing . Even at night guests step onto a circular lava outcropping overlooking the Bay to watch the manta rays swim beneath .
Created out of lava rock and optimism in the '60s by Laurance S . Rockefeller and Robert Trent Jones, Sr . , the Mauna Kea Golf Course set the benchmark for Hawaii golf . Today, the legend continues as Mr . Jones' son Rees and his company Rees Jones Inc . , lead a sweeping tee-to-green restoration of the Mauna Kea Golf Course, stepping up to modern USGA standards of play for today's golfer .
In 1997 the U . Golf Association named Hapuna The Course of the Future . This Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed 18-hole championship course is a links-style course featuring spectacular views of the Kohala Coast and Pacific with snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop .
A testament to earlier times when his world-class Resort paid tribute to the ancient Hawaiian spirit Laurance Rockefellers vast collection of Asian and Pacific art still graces the walls and lush tropical grounds . Over 1600 museum-quality pieces have been carefully preserved and displayed so that the unique culture of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will live on for generations to come . .
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