Two Years After Earthquake, Hawaii's Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Reopens

Two years after sustaining earthquake damage that forced it to close, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaii's Big Island has reopened, it announced last month. Originally opened in 1965, the 258-room hotel now features redesigned guest rooms along with new restaurants, a new spa and a refurbished golf course.

"We are really excited to be open again and a lot of hard work has gone into renovating and refreshing the property," said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii, which owns the hotel. "People are eager to experience Mauna Kea again, and we are thrilled to be back and better than ever."

Mauna Kea held a soft opening last month and will celebrate an official grand reopening in March. Already, however, guests can enjoy more spacious guest rooms that have been outfitted with upgraded bedding, entertainment amenities and "oceanview bathrooms" with super-sized baths, wall-less "rain showers," soaking tubs and private lanais.

"The entire guest room experience brings a level of comport that will re-establish the Mauna Kea as the premier luxury hotel on the Big Island," said General Manager Jon Gersonde.

For more information on Mauna Kea—including the new Mandara Spa and the reappointed Mauna Kea Golf Course—visit www.maunakeapreview.com.