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Discovery Center at Mauna Kea

A Melting Pot of Cultures

At Mauna Kea Resort, Culture truly comes alive at both Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Discovery Center and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort's Cultural Center, where Hawaiʻi is truly on display with traditional Hawaiian, paniolo and island culture at the forefront. Learn more by visiting each respective center to see how we showcase and honor culture within both of our hotels. 


As a constant influence throughout the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, art from throughout the Pacific Rim is permanently on display with the intention and emphasis of the spiritual element of each region and how art truly unites all people as one. Enjoy the video above to learn more about the Art Collection and how it was Laurance S. Rockefeller's vision to connect guests and host culture alike with art.


In honor of Hawaiʻi's host culture, Mauna Kea Resort showcases native Hawaiian culture through various activities and sustainability efforts offered at the resort. Watch the video above to learn more about the history of the Kohala Coast and how the story of King Kamehameha I ties in to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's backyard.


The island of Hawaiʻi is truly one of the most geologically diverse locations in the world with 10 of the world's 14 climate zones in its 4,028 square mile landmass. With an active volcano, its the only island within the Hawaiian Archipelago that's still growing. Learn more about the fascinating geology of Hawaiʻi Island above.


Rich in history, Mauna Kea Resort's genesis was founder, Laurance S. Rockefeller's vision simply by seeing the beauty of Kaunaʻoa Bay and the rest is history. Watch the video above to learn more about how Rockefeller founded the first luxury resort on Hawaiʻi Island.