The iconic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is proud to announce its induction into Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels. The hotel will now be included in the organization’s elite directory.

“As the first resort hotel built on the Kohala Coast, renowned for its timeless design and architectural excellence, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is honored to be selected for membership in this distinguished organization comprised of some of the most historically significant buildings in America,” said Craig Anderson, general manager.

Of the 34 hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2016, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was one of the few mid-century modern historic hotels selected and is currently the
only one with that unique design aesthetic in Hawaii. Induction into the prestigious program is based upon remarkable standards, including quality of accommodations, historic significance, record of preserving authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity. Additionally, nominated hotels must be at least 50 years old, a milestone achieved by Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 2015, and designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Place.



The best of cuisine, arts, and sports showcased in various festivities

Plan your next trip to Hawaii Island around an exciting roster of special festivals and events at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. From a festival dedicated to chocolate to the island’s first-ever overnight road and trail running relay race, Mauna Kea Resort offers unique experiences for all to enjoy.

rd Annual Spring Doubles Tournament at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: April 29 – May 1
Welcoming all tennis enthusiasts, from professionals to amateurs! Mauna Kea Resort presents the third annual Spring Doubles Tournament at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club. Special tournament rates for accommodations are being offered at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, starting at $249/night, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, starting at $159/night. Entries close Monday, April 25, 2016. For more information, call 1-866-774-6236.

Big Island Chocolate Festival at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: May 13-14
This year’s 5th annual Big Island Chocolate Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with culinary booths depicting this theme. The two-day event includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition, and several seminars. General admission tickets are $75. Stay through the weekend at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel with special hotel rates starting at $396.20/night. For festival information, visit

Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: June 4
For the fifth year in a row, the Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to celebrate and honor jazz and blues music. Enjoy live entertainment by Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musicians from Hawaii and around the world. Mauna Kea’s intimate outdoor oceanside setting makes the evening all the more enjoyable.  Special room rates are available.

Seaside Tennis Club Grand Prix Championship at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: September 16-18
The 21st annual Grand Prix Open and Class Championship, held at the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club, offers three days of championship tennis, with special tournament rates for accommodations. There is no admission charge and spectators are welcome.

Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: September 18
The fifth annual Festival of Aloha invites visitors to enjoy an all-day, free, family-friendly event featuring live Hawaiian music, hula performances, craft and clothing vendors, food booths, and more.

Ragnar Relay Hawaii: October 14-15
Ragnar Relay Hawaii, the premier series of overnight road and trail running relay, is making its debut on Hawaii Island. The 200-mile race begins in Hilo and ends at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. For more information, visit

rd Annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am: Dec. 7-11
Golf enthusiasts can experience a magical week of championship golf, luxury accommodations, exquisite Hawaiian cuisine, special events, prizes, and more during the 43rd annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am. Golfers may contact Mauna Kea Resort’s director of golf to learn how to participate.

Other exciting events are in the works so be sure to visit and for the latest details along with information on special rates and packages.



Mauna Kea Beach Hotel recently unveiled Hawaii Island’s newest venue for meetings and social functions, Kauna’oa Ballroom. Boasting three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows framing stunning views of Kauna’oa Bay, the ballroom features nearly 3,500 square feet of indoor function space as well as expansive outdoor pre-function space.

“We’re proud to introduce such a unique and versatile space as Kauna’oa Ballroom,” said Peter Thoene, Mauna Kea Resort Director of Sales and Marketing. “In addition to prime facilities and luxurious amenities, an array of on-property activities ranging from championship golf to enhanced beach services and cultural classes positions Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as Hawaii Island’s top choice for meetings, weddings, social functions, and other events.”

Flexible for events of various sizes and scope, built-in pre-function and breakout room space includes the lanai surrounding the ballroom as well as a nearby open-air area with a striking mural commissioned by local artist Solomon Enos. A connecting breezeway between the new ballroom and the 100-room Beachfront Wing offers the unique opportunity for a “hotel within a hotel” experience tailored for incentive and corporate group travel.

Together with sister property Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, the two hotels encompass nearly 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space with fulltime banquet and conference services staff to ensure each event is a success.

As a special introductory offer, new groups of 25 or more with a three night minimum stay will receive guaranteed oceanview rooms at both Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, complimentary WiFi, VIP round of golf for four, and 10% off banquet menus. Groups may also qualify to receive a one bedroom suite upgrade per every 50 room nights booked.

Kaunaoa Ballroom is part of a larger $4.5 million transformation of the promenade level inclusive of the new Copper Bar, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s iconic gathering place.



Copper Bar

The iconic Copper Bar, long a fixture of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with sweeping views of Kauna’oa Bay has undergone a transformation – embracing the finest elements of it’s storied past whilst launching new traditions for the future.

A relaxed and familiar sense of place remains. Copper plate and marine rope take their rightful place in the venue while restoration of the skylights allow natural light to beam through from the lobby above. Solomon Enos pays tribute with a specially commissioned triptych “Kauna’oa” and continues the hotels legacy of blending art and place.

Copper Captains and mixologists, versed in arts of mixology create memorable dining and beverage experiences. Craft cocktails, constructed from local and exotic ingredients along with tap beers and wine complement the creative and casual cuisine. Fresh products, a subtle blend of spices and exotic flavors combine with a variety of cooking methods to create an enjoyable tasting principle, based on abundance and sharing.

What was remains a constant, nature’s magnificent – those dramatic views of Kauna’oa Bay beckon travelers of decades past and decades to come. We welcome you to share in the legacy with your very own unique and authentic experience at Copper Bar today.



Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was selected as Pacific Business News’ Leader in Tourism and Hospitality Winner 2015.

The resort’s 50-year history and longstanding legacy established in 1965 by venture capitalist and conservationist Laurance Rockefeller was sited among reasons for the award. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has “weathered economic downturns, natural disasters and increased competition…to stand out as a sought after-destination that prides itself on timeless authenticity,” said PBN reporter Darin Moriki.

Six Hawaii business leaders and 30 companies in all were recognized in five categories at the gala which took place in Honolulu on November 12th.

“This award helps validate all of the hard work day in and day out by our team members who have warmly welcomed generations of guests to Mauna Kea,” said Mauna Kea Resort vice president of operations Craig Anderson. “They have helped establish the very legacy for which we are known and they are, without doubt, the leaders in tourism and hospitality.”


Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Kansas Henderson to hotel manager.

“Kansas brings an impressive wealth of experience to this position and we are excited to welcome him to the team,” said Craig Anderson, general manager of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. “Having a strong leader like Kansas is crucial in our effort to elevate the Mauna Kea brand and further improve guest experiences.”

Henderson most recently served as assistant director of rooms at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu on Hawai‘i Island. Prior to that, he helped open Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto in 2005 and held a number of positions, including guest relations manager, director of housekeeping and assistant director of rooms, as a member of the opening team. Henderson first began his hospitality career at Pacific Hotel Management, overseeing the front office operations for Westin and Sheraton hotel properties in Palo Alto, CA.

Henderson attended Dartmouth College and earned a B.S. in environmental studies and tourism. In 2014, Henderson moved to Hawai‘i Island with his wife and daughter. They recently welcomed a new son to the family and are expecting their third child in February.


Mauna Kea Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Candice Lucas as director of activities. She will be responsible for developing and coordinating activity programming at both Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

“We’re looking forward to further improving the guest experience through a diverse and exciting lineup of activities from Vino & Vinyasa to rides in our new Mauna Kea sailing canoe to fun cooking and mixology classes,” said Craig Anderson, vice president of operations at Mauna Kea Resort. “Candice brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the newly created position, otherwise known as our ‘Director of Fun’.”

Most recently, Lucas held the position of director of spa at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Prior to this, she served as the hotel’s director of special projects, and also held positions as director of revenue management, front office manager, and reservations manager.

Lucas graduated from Kohala High School, and attended Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, where she received an associate of science degree in hotel operations.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s newest Beach Club now offers recreational activities such as sailing canoe rides, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, yoga, and workouts in the sand. For more information, visit


Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is pleased announce two new chef appointments: Roger Bartle as chef de cuisine at Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar and Rio Miceli as sous chef.

Roger Bartle, chef de cuisine, Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar

Chef Roger Bartle will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar.

After a long history with Laurance S. Rockefeller’s RockResorts properties around the country, he returns to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with a renewed vision of delivering exceptional, fresh cuisine in a relaxing and comfortable setting. Signature items like the beloved Batik Curry will remain a staple on the menu, however, Bartle plans to refresh the menu every two weeks with half a dozen new items and daily specials.

Born in Illinois and raised in Arizona, Bartle found his passion for cooking in high school and started his career washing dishes. He worked his way up the kitchen ranks, eventually becoming a private chef for a number of CEOs.

Bartle most recently served as executive chef at Nanea Golf Club, one of Hawai‘i’s most exclusive golf clubs, and played a key role in its opening. He also served on the opening team for Manele Bay Hotel on Lāna‘i and was a sous chef at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for seven years. He and his wife have lived in Hawai‘i for more than 20 years.

Rio Miceli, sous chef

In his new role, Chef Rio Miceli will be responsible for planning and directing food preparations, while supervising kitchen staff.

Born and raised in Hawi, Hawai‘i, Miceli began his career as a line cook at Bamboo Restaurant. He then continued honing his culinary skills in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. In 2003, Miceli returned to Bamboo Restaurant as head chef shortly before opening Sushi Rock, where he served as chef and co-owner. After seven years, he launched his own private catering company, Rio Chef Services.


Mauna Kea Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Anderson as vice president of operations.

In his new position, Anderson will oversee day-to-day operations of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, as well as its golf courses. He will also serve as an important liaison between the hotels and Mauna Kea Resort homeowners.

“An outstanding leader in Hawai‘i’s visitor industry and respected member of the community, Craig is the ideal person to take the helm of Mauna Kea Resort,” said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii. “As we celebrate Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s 50th anniversary, Craig’s valuable experience will be critical in leading our resort forward.”

With 31 years in the hospitality industry, Anderson has spent the last 16 years leading resort teams on Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. Most recently, Anderson held the position of general manager at Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa for more than three years. He also served as general manager of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and The Westin Princeville in Kaua‘i. Prnewsior to moving to Hawai‘i in 1999, Anderson was the director of operations for The Westin La Palmoa Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

Anderson attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated with honors, and began his hospitality career at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He is an active board member of the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, and serves as a member in the government affairs committee for the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association.