Hawai‘i Island’s first-ever resort, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel still retains the ethos of founder and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller. The venture capitalist, along with interior designer Davis Allen, curated a museum-quality Pacific and Asian art collection of nearly 1,000 pieces to be displayed throughout the 60-acre property, including a 700-year-old sculpture of Buddha’s head. He also commissioned the creation of 30 hand-stitched Hawaiian quilts in pastel hues of pink, orange, green, blue, and yellow.
Original quilts, along with a few reproductions, are permanently displayed on the atrium’s walls. The quilt collection, by renowned native Hawaiian quilter Mealiʻi Kalama, is credited with saving Hawaiian quilting.
“The Hawaiian quilt collection at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is both breathtaking and significant historically and culturally. The quilts, along with extraordinary kapa (bark cloth coverlets), honor our state’s host culture,” says Mauna Kea Art Docent Patti Cook.
Design note: Preserve your own heirloom quilt by framing it and hanging it in your great room or living room for a dramatic yet homey effect.
Room rates start at $1,049.