Checking in at the Most Expensive Hawaiian Resort of the 1960s

© David Franzen

As the pioneering hotel built on the Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel first opened in 1965 catering sweeping views of the clear blue oceanside. In 2006, restoration commenced after a devastating earthquake afflicted the Hawaiian Islands. The renovation included a complete overhaul and upgrade to the public areas, guest suites, clubhouse and landscapes without compromising the original architecture of the hotel.