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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Kohala Coast, Island of HawaiiEnter your email address and zip code for pricing and availability
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.
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.
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 RecognitionsBack to Top
Travelers' Choice Awards, #2 Best Romance in the United States
Top 25 Hawaii Hotels
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500 Best Hotels in the World
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Best Golf Resorts in North America
World's Best Awards, #13 Top Hawaii Hotels
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Top Hotels for Service
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America's Best Golf Resorts
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 FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- On-Site Telescope
- 18-Hole Golf Course
- Driving Range
- Putting Green
- Outdoor Pool
- Fitness Center
- Personal Trainers
- Beauty Salon
- Kids Club
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Center
- Live Entertainment
- Laundry Service
- Wired + Wireless Internet Access
- Private Lanais
- Bathrobes + Slippers
- Hair Dryers
- Iron + Ironing Boards
- Mini Refrigerators
- Coffee Makers
- In-Room Safes
- 4 Restaurants
- Bar + Lounge
- Poolside Dining
Why We Love Kohala Coast
Lush green landscape. Powder soft beaches. Rich cultural history. Warm and gracious people. Experience authentic Hawaii.
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
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