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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Though Mauna Kea may be one of the Big Island's most recognizable properties, its sister property, Hapuna Beach, shares a similar stretch of sugary-white sand and promises seclusion in addition to the requisite golf, spa, snorkel, and pool options.

The Scoop

Hapuna Beach State Park, with its 32 acres of white sand and palms framed by lava-rock outcroppings, provides the jaw-dropping setting for Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, a 351-room resort that's the sister hotel to Mauna Kea, originally built in 1965 by the founder of RockResorts, Laurance Rockefeller. The property's beach is equally as beautiful as the one that fronts its sister hotel, and although Hapuna's interiors are more subdued, they maintain a similarly bright, airy feeling. This spring, three years after Mauna Kea got a freshening up, Hapuna Beach got its turn; 96 of the oceanfront guest rooms and luxury suites were updated with Polynesian-style fabrics and traditional Hawaiian kapa prints, all complemented by raffia and blond wood furnishings, and white shuttered doors that open onto oceanfront lanais. For the ultimate underwater experience, rent fins, masks, and snorkels from the beach club next to the 6,500-square-foot Hapuna Beach pool, and head out to the rocky points at either end of the beach in the early morning, when the water is calm and crystal clear. Come evening, head a mile north to the Mauna Kea Hotel's Kauna'oa Beach, where a large floodlight shines into the bay so travelers can watch as manta rays feed on tiny plankton lured to the shore.

Insider Tips

The kids will love a walk along the lava rocks to Turtle Point, in front of the Beachfront Wing of the hotel, where eagle-eyed travelers can often spot turtles swimming in bathwater-warm surf.

The property can arrange for car rentals from Hertz, which allow travelers to navigate the 4,038-square-mile island—all the better to visit the restaurants, shops, and beaches along the Kohala Coast.

Awards and Recognitions

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Travelers' Choice Awards, #2 Best Romance in the United States
-Trip Advisor

Top 25 Hawaii Hotels
-Travel + Leisure

500 Best Hotels in the World
-Travel + Leisure

Best Golf Resorts in North America
-Golf Digest

World's Best Awards, #13 Top Hawaii Hotels
-Travel + Leisure

Top Hotels for Service
-Travel + Leisure

Four-Diamond Award

America's Best Golf Resorts
-Golf Magazine

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Kona International Airport (KOA), which is approximately 25 miles (35 minutes) from the hotel.

62-100 Kauna'oa Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • On-Site Telescope
  • 18-Hole Golf Course
  • Driving Range
  • Putting Green
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Personal Trainers
  • Beauty Salon
  • Boutiques
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center
  • Live Entertainment
  • Laundry Service
  • Wired + Wireless Internet Access
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Lanais
  • Televisions
  • Bathrobes + Slippers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron + Ironing Boards
  • Mini Refrigerators
  • Coffee Makers
  • In-Room Safes
Dining & Nightlife
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Poolside Dining
Updating Results
Available room types:
Oceanfront Room
Oceanfront Suite
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Kohala Coast

Lush green landscape. Powder soft beaches. Rich cultural history. Warm and gracious people. Experience authentic Hawaii.

Don't Miss

Cycling Tour: Looking for some exercise? Rent a bicycle at Bike Works Beach & Sports, eight miles south of Hapuna Beach in the Queens' Marketplace. Spin around on your own or join Bike Works' Tuesday group rides, which range in intensity from intermediate to expert-level. Rentals from $25 per day. 1-808-886-5000. Read More

History Tour: Spend a few hours out of the sun at the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, to see thousand-year-old lava-rock carvings called kii pohaku by native Hawaiians. Read More

Where to Shop: Drive 22 miles north to wander through Hawi, a pastel-colored village with boutiques and galleries filled with handmade gifts and jewelry, before continuing seven miles north to the end of the road for the Pololu Valley Lookout, which offers panoramic views of cliffs and sea.

Local Scene: With an indoor-outdoor lakeside location in Kings' Shops, the new Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum serves sustainable local foods in a plantation house that doubles as a museum dedicated to the life of revered surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Dinner for two $100. 1-808-886-8433.

Where to Eat: Twelve miles east in the town of Waimea (also called Kamuela) is Merriman's, the spot for Hawaiian dishes served with seasonal ingredients sourced from local island farmers. Call ahead to confirm that the chef is preparing macadamia nut-fed pork, the restaurant's signature dish. Dinner for two $110. 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela. 1-808-885-6822. Read More
Powder soft white sand beach + crystal clear turquoise waters = picture perfect.

Powder soft white sand beach + crystal clear turquoise waters = picture perfect.

Why Go Now

October 8, 2011
Ironman World Championship
1-813-868-5929 or 1-813-868-5914.

November 3-5, 2011
Moku o Keawe International Hula Festival 1-808-886-8822.

November 4-13, 2011
41st Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Humpback Whale Migration Season

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii

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