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Hawai ʻ i Legacy Resort to Make Significant Enhancements to Guest Rooms, Golf Course, Multiple Restaurants, and an expansive Destination Spa & Fitness Facility

KOHALA COAST, Hawaiʻi (October 4, 2023) – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, an
Autograph Collection, Hawaiʻi Islandʻs most iconic and historic resort,
announces a $180-million renovation in 2024 that will signal the
evolution of its offerings for today’s sophisticated travelers – while
preserving its remarkable heritage and timelessness that has captivated
guests since Laurance S. Rockefeller opened the resort in 1965.

A phased transformation, which will commence in Q2 2024 and be completed
in early 2025, will encompass a stunning redesign of the resort’s 252 guest
rooms and suites, four dining venues including the resortʻs signature
restaurant Manta offers unobstructed views of Kaunaʻoa Bay.
The  renovation will also feature an extensive destination spa and
infinity pool experience with 11 indoor and al fresco treatment rooms,
full-service salon, and an enlarged, state-of-the-art fitness center.
New garden areas will include a chef’s garden providing fresh produce
for the resort’s kitchens as well as a specialized botanical garden and with
indigenous and endemic plant species. The interior design will be led by
Dallas-based Looney & Associates with architectural design from
Honolulu-based AHL, or Architects Hawaii Ltd. Additionally, Mauna Kea
Golf Course will undergo an extensive makeover under the direction of
Robert Trent Jones Jr., making this course the first ever to incorporate
the visionary work of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and both sons Reese and Bobby Jr.,
created a unique golf experience curated by three of the sport’s pioneers.

“Our approach for this renovation is very intentional, we have
thoughtfully redesigned spaces for new amenities to breathe fresh life
into the resort while still honoring the original legacy and traditions
that Laurance S. Rockefeller put into place in the ‘60s,” said
Shigeki Yamane, President of Prince Resorts Hawaii. “We have a great
responsibility to honor Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s significance to the
history and cultural evolution of Hawai’i, while at the same time
fulfilling our promise to provide guests with an unforgettable vacation
experience they expect.”

Honoring the iconic resortʻs significance and timeless beauty is a
unique undertaking with its historical legacy. “We have
multi-generational guests returning year after year since our resort
opened in 1965, and thanks in part to our relationships with these
legacy guests, we are embarking on this renovation committed to elevating
our offerings while protecting and preserving the charm and distinctive
beauty that makes Mauna Kea Beach Hotel special” said Craig Anderson,
Mauna Kea Resort Vice President of Operations. “ We look forward to
creating Mauna Kea Memories with our guests for generations to come.”

Together with the resortʻs extensive repositioning, Mauna Kea Beach
Hotelʻs land and cultural preservation and sustainability initiatives
are integral to enriching the guests’ experience and the local
community. These efforts include partnering with Honoluluʻs Bishop
Museum and other key local partners to refurbish a million-dollar art
collection personally commissioned by Rockefeller and ensuring the
prized collection comprised of hundreds of pieces are preserved and
thoughtfully displayed throughout the resortʻs unrestricted public
spaces. Further supporting the resortʻs renewable initiatives is the
resort’s team of Cultural Ambassadors and a new cultural center
featuring programming uniquely tailored for authenticity and education
about Hawaiian culture and its deep-rooted history here.  

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was developed by American venture capitalist and
conservationist, Laurance S. Rockefeller. While swimming in the
turquoise waters of Kaunaʻoa Bay with a clear view of the Mauna Kea
summit, Rockefeller was inspired to build the Island of Hawaiiʻis very
first master-planned resort. His vision of a property that captured the
spirit of aloha and conformed to the beautiful Kohala Coast came to
fruition when the resort opened in 1965. Today, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
continues its timeless tradition of sharing aloha, welcoming guests to
renew and reconnect in an oceanfront setting of understated elegance.
Situated on the sunny Kohala Coast, the resort is also home to a
museum-worthy collection of Asian and Pacific art; the island’s
first-ever golf course, the award-winning Mauna Kea Golf Course designed
by Robert Trent Jones Sr., award-winning Seaside Tennis Center featuring
9 oceanfront tennis courts and eight pickleball courts. The historic
property shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront property with The Westin
Hapuna Beach Resort, and together comprise Rockefeller’s early vision
of his Hawaiʻi Island portfolio, known today as Mauna Kea Resort.

For more information about Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, please visit [5].

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About Prince Resorts Hawai‘i
Prince Resorts Hawai‘i Inc. (PRH), a subsidiary of Seibu Prince Hotels
Worldwide Co., Ltd. is operationally based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i under
the executive leadership of President Shigeki Yamane. PRH owns and
operates three luxury oceanfront hotels and championship golf courses on
O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island including Prince Waikiki, The Westin Hapuna
Beach Resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, Hawaii Prince
Golf Club, Hapuna Golf Course, and Mauna Kea Golf Course. Properties are
recipients of Hawaii’s Green Business Awards and internationally
recognized as Hawaii’s top resort offering authentic Hawaiian
hospitality, elevated dining experiences, and exceptional golf courses.
For more information visit [6].  

About Seibu Prince Hotels Worldwide
Seibu Prince Hotels Worldwide Co., Ltd., located in Toshima-ku, Tokyo,
is a core company of the Seibu Group and operates lodging
establishments, ski resorts, golf courses, and other leisure facilities
in major cities in Japan including Tokyo, Karuizawa, Hakone, Kyoto, and
international countries including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania,
and the United States. Additionally, Seibu Group continues to develop
and execute initiatives impacting the company’s Group Vision
Sustainability Actions in alignment with the organization’s core
pillars of preserving the global environment and sustainably growing the
hospitality industry. For more information, visit

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