• Bring Your Event to the Beautiful New Kaunaoa Ballroom at Mauna Kea

    September 26th 2016 - by admin

    Are you looking for the perfect place for your meeting or social function? Mauna Kea Beach Hotel recently opened its brand-new Kauna‘oa Ballroom. It’s a gorgeous space with huge, floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides with beautiful views of Kauana‘oa Bay and its white sand beach, which has been called the best beach in the world.

    The ballroom features nearly 3,500 square feet of indoor function space, as well as outdoor pre-function areas. A lanai with a view surrounds the ballroom. There’s also a nearby open-air area with a striking mural by local artist Solomon Enos. The venue is flexible and can accommodate larger or smaller events.

    A new breezeway connects the ballroom and the 100-room Beachfront Wing, meaning a group staying at the hotel for their event can have the unique opportunity of a “hotel with a hotel” experience. And in addition to the new Kauna‘oa Ballroom, event participants can also enjoy the hotel’s amazing location, championship golf, enhanced beach services and cultural classes.

    Together with sister property Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, the hotel offers nearly 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space with fulltime banquet and conference services staff to ensure every event is a big success.

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  • 20 Interesting Facts About the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s History

    September 26th 2016 - by admin

    How much do you know about the early days of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel? Here are 20 fun facts about the hotel’s origins.

    1. Hotel founder Laurance S. Rockefeller chose the site for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel after spotting its beautiful, crescent-shaped, white sand beach from the air and subsequently going for a swim there.
    2. Before the hotel was built, there were no roads, water or electricity – just the beautiful beach, the bay and black lava.
    3. Rockefeller signed a 99-year lease with Parker Ranch for 1,800 acres.
    4. Before he started building, Rockefeller hired a crew to set up a weather station to track temperatures and wind; he was checking to see if the hotel could be built without air-conditioning, which he detested.
    5. His goal was to make the hotel blend into the natural environment and be open to the sun and fresh air.
    6. He didn’t want the hotel to have radios, televisions or air-conditioning, which he considered negative “distractions of civilization.”
    7. The winning hotel design, by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, was a concrete mega-structure with 154 guest rooms opening to corridor-less floors “floating” over an ocean-facing atrium with suspended stairways rising throughout. The hotel exterior was painted the color of the sand on Kauna‘oa Beach.
    8. The freestanding Dining Pavilion was designed to mimic a Buddhist temple with two bronze carp outside its entry as guardian.
    9. Its lobby featured Hawai‘i’s first retractable roof, a skylight that could be closed when it rained.
    10. Blue tile lobby floors lead across the wall-less space toward an equally blue ocean.
    11. Materials included 54,000 square feet of Mexican flagstone, 5,000 square feet of Italian marble and 30,000 square feet of local lava, one mile of Narra wood, 11 miles of pipe, 1,700 tons of reinforcing steel, and 20,242 cubic yards of concrete.
    12. Black beach pebbles for the roof were trucked in from 90 miles away.
    13. The original landscaping included 200,000 plants representing more than 200 varieties.
    14. It took 1.5 million man hours to build and open the hotel.
    15. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the most expensive hotel ever built at the time. It cost $15 million dollars (more than $115 million in today’s dollars).
    16. In 1965, all rooms came with two twin beds because double beds were thought to be inappropriate, and smoking was permitted.
    17. Rooms cost between $43 and $48 per day and included breakfast and dinner.
    18. The hotel’s opening team consisted of 325 employees (2.11 per guestroom) hired from among 500 applicants.
    19. The hotel’s Robert Trent Jones, Sr., golf course opened in 1964 and was christened by the “Big Three” – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer.
    20. Almost immediately, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was highly acclaimed. It received the Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, Fortune called it one of the Ten Best Buildings of 1966, and in 1967 Esquire declared it one of the three best hotels in the world.
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  • How To Apply For A Marriage License In Hawaii

    December 18th 2015 - by admin

    Marriage License Fee: $60 (plus $5 administrative cost)

    Minimum Age: 18 years old

    License valid for 30 days

    Blood test, Residency or Witness are not required

    • The prospective applicants must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be .
    • The prospective applicants must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license.
    • The prospective applicants should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license.
    • The prospective applicants must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. The application may be completed . The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.
    • Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.
    • The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.

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    Health Department Building
    1250 Punchbowl St., Rm. 101, 1st Fl.
    (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
    Ph: 808.586.4545
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / M – F (except for Court Approved Holidays)

    • To be legal, marriage must be performed by a Hawaii licensed officiant.

    Proof of Age

    • A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 and under.
    • For anyone 19 and over, proof of age may be requested in the form of an I.D. or driver’s license.

    Waiting Period in Hawaii:

    There is no waiting period to get married in Hawaii.

    Residency Requirement:

    There are no residence or citizenship requirements.

    Previous Marriages:

    If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license.

    Marriage License Fees in Hawaii:

    The fee for a license is $60.00 (plus $5.00 portal administrative cost) payable in cash at the time of filing the application.

    Proxy Marriages:


    Cousin Marriages:

    Yes, cousins may marry, but a blood relationship between the prospective bride and bridegroom cannot be closer than first cousins.

    Common Law Marriages:


    Blood test in Hawaii:

    No. Hawaii does not require blood tests.

    Name Change:

    Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

    Under 18:

    • If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must have the written consent of both of your parents, legal guardian, or the family court.
    • If you are 15 years old, you will not only need the written consent of both of your parents or legal guardian, but also the written approval of a judge of the family court.
    • The parents or guardian do not have to reside in the state.
    • Consent forms may be obtained from the marriage license agent.

    Officiants in Hawaii:

    The marriage performers must be commissioned by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health.


    No witnesses are required.

    License Validity Time:
    • The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.
    • The marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void.

    Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

    State Department of Health
    Office of Health Status Monitoring
    Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
    P.O. Box 3378
    Honolulu, HI 96801

    Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Hawaii marriage license laws please visit

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