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December 28, 2008

Reborn Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Debuts

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel celebrated its soft opening today, making the return of the Laurance Rockefeller-built beachfront hotel and one of the world’s most revered resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“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. “People are eager to experience Mauna Kea again, and we are thrilled to be back and better than ever.”

The flagship property of the Prince Hotels and Resorts international portfolio, Mauna Kea will have its “official” Grand Opening in March. The hotel’s classic exterior architecture design remains the same as before, with the most dramatic changes taking place inside the guestrooms. The total room and suite count has been reduced from 310 to 258 due to the enlarging of rooms in the main building.

The Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa suites are a spacious 1,610 square feet (including lanai) and the Junior suites measure just under 1,000 square feet, while the regular guest rooms on the remodeled floors have been expanded to 550 square feet. With luxurious interior furnishings, upgraded bedding, oceanview bathrooms, and a host of the latest in entertainment amenities, the guestrooms have never been more comfortably modern while staying true to Rockefeller’s vision of “understated elegance.” The new oceanview bathrooms are sure to be popular, with the super-size baths, wall-less “rain showers,” soaking tubs, and private lanai.

Also opening this week is the “new” Mauna Kea Golf Course, which has been completely renovated from tee-to-green over the past year.

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