by Michael C. Lowe | August 25, 2015
The 252-room Mauna Kea Resort on Hawaii's Big Island is undergoing a $4.5 million renovation project. The property's Kauna'oa Bar & Grill will be transformed into a 4,000-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of Kauna'oa Bay. The work, which also will encompass the outdoor prefunction areas and a boardroom adjacent to the new ballroom, will be complete in mid-January.

The Copper Terrace restaurant, the hotel's iconic gathering place, also will receive an upgrade, slated for completion in December. Menu items include Hawaii-influenced pizzas, burgers and small plates. The resort, which was founded in 1965 and completed a $150 million renovation several years ago, currently has nearly 60,000 square feet of function space, an 18-hole championship golf course, several dining options, a 2,500-square-foot fitness center, a spa and an 11-court seaside tennis facility. On-site activities include crafts courses, such as lei making; hula dancing, and a twice-weekly luau.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, the Mauna Kea's sister property, is adjacent to the resort and shares 1,839 acres of oceanfront land. The 350-room resort offers an additional 85,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 8,400-square-foot ballroom and six conference rooms. Hapuna's amenities include another 18-hole championship golf course, several restaurants featuring regional Hawaiian and Asian cuisines, a fitness center and a spa.