The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Gold Buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

There are certain things in life that can be hard to put into words; a moment, an emotion, a connection. And, recently, I’ve found this to be just as true when it comes to a place. There’s one in particular that’s home to a very big piece of my heart; my favorite place in the world, to be exact. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably caught a glimpse (or 13) of my infatuation with Hawaii during my recent trip. But more specifically than that, my love for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. I’ve been visiting the Mauna Kea since before I could walk, and my parents for years before that, so each visit brings an acute nostalgia, along with the fondest memories. So, although it feels impossible to find words or images that do justice to the beauty of the hotel and the paradise that surrounds it, I did my best to document some of my favorite pieces. It’s never easy saying goodbye, but I’ve left with some fond memories to hold me over (for now, anyway).

Plumeria Trees

{Fragrant plumeria trees with the sweetest scent}

Colorful Parrots

{Colorful parrots that greet you on the way to breakfast}

Guava smoothie from the Hau Tree Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Beachside guava smoothies from the Hau Tree Bar}

Breakfast at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Breakfasts that exceed any recommended caloric intake; my favorite indulgence being the bread pudding (recipe here)}

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Turquoise water that could be mistaken for glass}

7th century buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Understated decor with Asian influences, including this 7th century Buddha}

Sunset over the pool at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Sunset reflections over the pool}

Fallen plumeria flowers

{Fallen plumeria flowers that I recycled into hair accessories}

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Pool

{A bright blue pool by day with an even prettier background}

Mauna Kea Beach

{And of course, lazy days spent on the beach – ranked among the world’s best by Conde Nast}




  • David
    September 4, 2014 at 7:01 am http://a%20rel='nofollow'%20class='comment-reply-link'%20href='#comment-1417'%20onclick='return%20addComment.moveForm(%20comment-1417,%201417,%20respond,%204973%20)'%20aria-label='Reply%20to%20David'%20-%20Reply/a

    Best place on Earth! Amazing photos and descriptions!

  • Julie
    September 24, 2014 at 6:40 am http://a%20rel='nofollow'%20class='comment-reply-link'%20href='#comment-2148'%20onclick='return%20addComment.moveForm(%20comment-2148,%202148,%20respond,%204973%20)'%20aria-label='Reply%20to%20Julie'%20-%20Reply/a

    I love the Marled muscle tee dress!

    • jenna
      September 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm http://a%20rel='nofollow'%20class='comment-reply-link'%20href='#comment-2182'%20onclick='return%20addComment.moveForm(%20comment-2182,%202182,%20respond,%204973%20)'%20aria-label='Reply%20to%20jenna'%20-%20Reply/a

      Thanks, Julie! It’s definitely a favorite of mine too!

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