Hawaii New ballroom opens at the Big Isle’s Mauna Kea Beach Hotel By Shane Nelson / March 11, 2016 Share 1 The Kaunaoa Ballroom at the Mauna Kea Beach hotel. -- The 252-room Mauna Kea Beach hotel, located on the Big Island of Hawaii’s northwestern coast, has completed work on a new 3,500-square-foot ballroom. The meeting and event space has been named the Kaunaoa Ballroom, for the gorgeous bay by the hotel, and features three floor-to-ceiling windows, showcasing the property’s dramatic beachfront views. “We’re proud to introduce such a unique and versatile space as the Kaunaoa Ballroom,” Peter Thoene, the resort’s director of sales and marketing, said in a statement. “In addition to prime facilities and luxurious amenities, an array of on-property activities, ranging from championship golf to enhanced beach services and cultural classes, positions Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as the Hawaii Island’s top choice for meetings, weddings, social functions and other events.”The new ballroom is part of a $4.5 million renovation of the Mauna Kea’s promenade level, which includes the new Copper Bar. According to resort officials, the new meeting space is flexible for events of various sizes and offers prefunction and breakout room space, including the lanai surrounding the ballroom as well as a nearby open-air area. The Mauna Kea is offering a special introductory, three-night-minimum package to groups of 25 or more that includes oceanfront rooms, complimentary WiFi, a VIP round of golf for four and 10% off the cost of banquet menus. Groups may also qualify to receive a one-bedroom suite upgrade per every 50 room nights booked.