Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Deemed Unsafe By Engineers, Shut Down

The closure of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaii's Big Island might be the most significant result of the October 15 earthquake that shook the Kohala Coastline more than any other location throughout the island chain.

If you recall, the resort suffered immediate damage in October, when the 6.7 magnitude quake prompted the collapse of a concrete trellis at the south end of the Beach Front Wing of guest rooms. The 8th floor of the main building also suffered visible damage, as guests in both sections were evacuated to safety immediately.

Engineering consultants revisited the resort last week and removed cross-sections of the structure. It was revealed that the lateral bracing system in the roof had shifted, thus forcing the engineers to deem the hotel structurally unsound. We commend Prince Resorts for following through with safety protocol, thus avoiding a future tragedy. If another quake were to hit, and the roof collapsed on hundreds of guests, the damage would be far more devastating. Kudos to good hotel and tourism practices.

We will keep you abreast of the developments at Mauna Kea, and hope to have a timeline shortly depicting when the hotel will reopen.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was developed by Laurance S. Rockefeller and opened 1965. The Mauna Kea Golf Course and clubhouse will remain open, and surely welcomes any and all business.