beach, Kohala Coast
Founded by Laurance S. Rockefeller, an American business icon, Mauna Kea Hotel, Hawaii, maintains its original 60s style while offering everything a modern day magnate could ever need.
As waves lazily roll into Kauna‘oa Beach, The Big Island of Hawaii continues its age-old process of slowly grinding rock and shell into fine white sand. This is the same scene Mr. Rockefeller saw in 1960, inspiring him to build the most expensive hotel of its day - right here at Mauna Kea.
The legendary resort has since undergone a 150 million dollar renovation to keep it flush with the times, and offers up everything from flat screen TVs and media hubs, to bedside iPod docks and delightful L'Occitane amenities.
Golf enthusiasts will certainly want to head out to the Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course, while the rest of us can take up numerous water sports, hit the spa, or even work on the old tennis swing.
When it's time to dine, try one of five restaurants. But don't you dare leave until you've taken in the more traditional clambake, or lu'au. A true Big Island trip just wouldn't be the same without them.