Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (South Wing)


Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the “Big Island” in Hawaii

  • Name: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  • Address:  62 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
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  • Opened: July 24, 1965
  • Architect (Original): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Architect (Additions): Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
  • Status: Open!


  • The hotel was designed by Edward Charles Bassett for the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill at the request of owner Laurance S. Rockefeller.
  • Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo designed the South Wing (a.ka. Plumeria Wing) in 1968. It consisted of four floors and 102 guest rooms.
  • They also designed the Batik Room Restaurant (200 seats) to the original resort in 1968 as well.
  • WATG also added the hotel’s eighth floor in 1973.
  • The hotel closed due to structural damage caused by the 2006 Hawaii earthquake, but reopened in December, 2008 after a $150 million renovation.
  • WATG also designed the neighboring hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which opened in August, 1994.



Kapi’olani Bowl


Kapi’olani Bowl circa 1958. Photo courtesy of William Bixler

  • Name: Kapi’olani Bowl
  • Address: Corner of Ward Avenue and Kapi’olani Boulevard
  • Opened: 1949
  • Architect: George “Pete” Wimberly
  • Status: Closed: (1992)



  • Demolished in 1992 and is currently a parking lot. 
  • Developer Jack Myers attempted to build a luxury condominium building named Symphony Park in the early 1990s, but it never came to fruition.
  • More recently, San Diego-based developer OliverMcMillan has partnered with local landowner and automobile dealer Joe Nicolai to build a roughly 400-unit luxury condo called Symphony.