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Mauna Kea Resort Fun July 2015

July 20, 2015

Image mkr 50thMauna Kea Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary this week.  Bloomberg published a nice article about the anniversary by reviewing the resort’s storied past in this March 2015 article.

The special events and throwback price specials begin Tuesday July 21, 2015.  The very first event is a tennis match using wood rackets.  Wayne, one of the Seaside Tennis Club’s dedicated tennis pros and all around nice guy, told me he found a case of well preserved antique white tennis balls.  And players will use them!  Everyone who plays tennis this week at the Seaside Tennis Club is asked to wear all white.

Here’s the complete Mauna Kea Resort 50th Anniversary event schedule.  If you can’t join any of the tennis or golf fun, at least make it to beautiful Kauna’oa beach for the 50,000 orchid blossom drop by helicopter.  Let the fun begin!

Mauna Kea Resort beach aka Kauna'oa beach



The Tsunami and Mauna Kea beach

March 24, 2011

Lots of people have been asking about how the Mauna Kea beach area weathered this month’s tsunami.  Somehow we dodged the bullet.  The ocean behaved strangely, but there was no loss of property, and everyone was smoothly evacuated.

Of course the tsunami didn’t treat Kona town so well.  I hear the popular oceanfront lunch and sunset cocktail spot Huggo’s On the Rocks had to toss a few big rocks back into the water, and rescue some fish, but they were open by 1:30 PM the same day.  Just north of the airport Kona Village took a fatal blow.  20 of the 24 thatch roof hut suites were destroyed, and the water and sewer system was wrecked.  The latest word is the resort may be closed indefinitely.  This could be one of the island’s biggest losses.

Kona Village - guest rooms before the 2011 tsunami