The photos are incredible. We had such a lovely experience. Thank you so much Cynthia and Karly! They were so accommodating for our large group. We will cherish these. Highly recommend them and Pacific Dream
Mauna Kea has a unique location which is a great place to relax and enjoy the beach and grounds. Families return here for generations. The umbrellas can get crowded on the beach, but that is a minor drawback from an overall excellent experience.
We had an awesome experience with Cynthia at Pacific Dream! We had 117 amazing photos and Cynthia is all over everything. We would highly recommend anybody who visits here give this a shot. One of the best parts of Mauna Kea! 5 stars!! Loved it!
Had a great time with, Carly commemorating our trip. She made it fun and we love the photos! We got our photos taken while we were visiting and had a great time. The beach and property are absolutely beautiful here and we had a great time. Would definitely recommend for a family looking to relax and enjoy the beach.
Mauna Kea hotel was wonderful! A perfect relaxing vacation. We did pictures with Pacific Dream Photography. They were wonderful to work with and we highly recommend them. Cynthia was our photographer and really knew how to naturally capture our teenage kids. Karly was so patient and helpful selecting our photos at the picture preview. You can’t go wrong with the hotel or pacific dream photography!
Cynthia did a great job taking a family photo session. We have a two years old and she knew how to get our son attention and get him to smile for the pictures. Karly took her time reviewing the pictures with us and allowed us to take our time. We recommend PDH, Cynthia and Karly at Mauna Kea Hotel.
We stayed as a family of 3 for the week of the 4th of July. Things have vastly improved since our stay last year. All elevators were functioning, more staff were on site, and the whole place really came back to life. You’ll have a hard time finding a nicer beach anywhere in Hawaii. Waves are usually minimal, and the water is clear, warm, and calm. Beach chairs and umbrellas are included for no fee, as are SUPs, kayaks, and snorkel gear. There’s also no “resort fee”. However parking is $30 per night. There’s a laundromat on site which offers free washing and drying and even includes free detergent. So it’s an expensive place, but you don’t get nickel and dimed here. Granted, it was a holiday week, but I was somewhat surprised by how aggressive chair-saving was at the beach. The entire front row was typically reserved by 7 am, and there was a day when no chairs were available by 9am. Something to be aware of. The hotel has a timeless elegance, and is a true architectural work of art. Amazing views can be had from about anywhere on the property. Photos don’t do justice. The room was luxurious and comfortable, and best of all perhaps was the large balcony with a view to the ocean, complete with plush reclining chairs. We ate at Manta, Copper Bar, Hau Tree, and. No. 3. Food overall is pretty good, but is not going to compete favorably with the many excellent eateries around the island. Still, for convenience we are most meals here and we were happy with the food and service. Overall what has to be understood is that the hotel is, true to its name, oriented around the beach and the beautiful outdoor surroundings. It compliments its setting perfectly in an unobtrusive way. You don’t come here to be ensconced In modernity, or to be waited on, hand and foot. It’s instead a classy, laidback, peaceful vibe here, and we absolutely loved it. Where else can you go swim a short distance from your hotel’s beach to snorkel with a manta ray before retiring to your quarters?…
We’re still here and pretty disappointed by the entire experience. My family used to come here a long time ago and pretty much every except the beach has devolved into a rather run down experience. The food is bland, the employees seem disinterested, and the property is desperately in need of a major renovation. The grounds are not well kept. None of these issues would be worthy of complaint, but paying $15k for a trip warrants better. The luau uses plastic cups and ran out of food within 35 minutes. If your read this, do not book here. Go to the Mauna Lani. At least the place is updated and the staff are professional. It’s so sad to see a beautiful property fall into shambles.
I was a bit concerned that the Mauna Kea would feel dated after so many years but still an incredibly lovely hotel on an amazing bay. Views and the beach are the tops! We were upgraded to an awesome spacious suite and we couldn’t have been happier with our stay. The staff was extraordinary and the service friendly and attentive.
Absolutely an experience of a lifetime! Ocean front room on top floor of tower..8th floor.. was amazing. Every amenity was perfect…water stations and water bottles to use and take home, first class Frette towels, great bath products, friendly and helpful service oriented staff! Great places to relax on the beach, on the grass area with shade. Inclusive use of ocean kayaks, body boards, etc. Outstanding food at all 3 restaurants. We didn’t get go to the golf course restaurant. And, the art…oh…living with this fantastic collection of art all around is such a privilege! I will never forget it! Stunning flowers, Manta rays at night from above! Perfection. Truly. Only downside is that we are now truly truly spoiled for anywhere else! Thankful that this iconic hotel, grounds and most importantly, the art is being maintained for generations to enjoy. Humbled by the Buddha from the 7th century everyday……