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In 1960, Mauna Kea was just a gleam in financier Laurance S. Rockefeller’s eye as he flew over Kauna’oa Bay. Five years later, the property (that became an Autograph Collection Hotel in 2015) opened, with an 18-hole golf course. Get on the greens early before grabbing Kona coffee from Copper Bar Café.

Number of rooms 252.

What we loved Shaking the sand from our shorts with a private hula lesson from aloha ambassador Adelaide Healani Kimitete-Ah Mow.

Culture fix Navigate the more than 1,000 pieces of original art on the grounds with the resort’s new podcast, which gives the lowdown on pieces like the 12th-century pink granite Buddha.

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