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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

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1983, Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren and Wilson. 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and its twenty-nine-acre oceanfront, oasis-invoking grounds rise miragelike above the rugged sixteenth-century lava flow surrounding the resort's entrance drive. The Y-shaped, five-hundred-room building retains a strong horizontality despite its six-story height, thanks to expansive lanai located between the precast-concrete structural piers. Setback stories give a battered effect to the oceanfront base of the Y, adding an extra visual dynamic that further roots the building to the earth. The porte-cochere extends outward from the junction of the Y, its blue tile paving transitioning the visitor from a hard surface, exterior world to an interior filled with the sense of outdoors. Blue flooring flows across a bridge which traverses a lushly landscaped pond and continues into the lobby. The tile floor is interrupted by glass-block pavers serving as a skylight for a lower-level store, and then moves to the edge of a six-story, open-air atrium with its palm-enshrouded tropical lagoon. The sides of the atrium open out to the grounds beyond, with winding pathways following waterways inhabited by tropical fish.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Mauna Lani Bay Hotel", [Kohala Coast, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 282-283.

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