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Autograph Collection expands to Hawaii with addition of iconic beach resort on Kohala Coast

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to join discerning collection of independent hotels, celebrates 50th anniversary.

BETHESDA, MD. – A landmark of luxury on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel joins the exclusive portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels as the group’s first Hawaiian property and the 75th in its global portfolio. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was founded by venture capitalist and passionate conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller as the first resort built on fthe raw and stunning Kohala Coast, still boasting an extensive collection of Asian and Pacific Rim art today.

The striking mid-century modern style that earned the resort a place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) top 150 “America’s Favorite Architecture” list, is newly refreshed throughout, returning all 252 guest rooms and suites in two buildings to original condition. Designed to blend into the natural environment, the resort boasts corridor-less floors that appear to float over an ocean-facing atrium, complete with suspended airways rising throughout, with each guest room overlooking the natural white sand of Kauna’oa Beach – rated the best beach in the Hawaiian Islands by top travel authorities.

With a timeless tradition of aloha, the beachfront Mauna Kea Beach Hotel welcomes guests to be inspired by the past, embraced by the moment, enchanted by warm tropical days and exciting possibilities ahead.

The addition of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to Autograph Collection furthers Marriott International‘s dedication to growing its lifestyle portfolio and partnering with some of the world’s most unique properties. The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

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