Experience a true sense of place

blowing conch shell at sunset with tiki torches in the background

The first resort on the Kohala Coast has retained a deep connection with the history and traditions of Hawai‘i Island, and is pleased to share the host culture with you.

“There is a beauty of spirit here, the beauty of Aloha.”

Laurance S. Rockefeller

hula dancer

If history and culture fascinate you, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the perfect place to learn and reflect. Attend insightful presentations given by experts in island culture. As an art lover, you certainly won't want to miss the weekly art tour highlighting the 1,600-piece collection of Pacific and Asian art that surrounds you.

You can also learn by doing. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian traditions with complimentary cultural classes, including hula and lei-making. You can even watch and learn about traditional throw-net fishing techniques.


And, of course, the famous Mauna Kea Lu‘au immerses you in island culture in unforgettable fashion. You’ll be greeted by a feast of traditional Hawaiian delicacies to enjoy while taking in the awe-inspiring spectacle of fire dancing, hula and much more.