Where pure luxury is nestled in perfect harmony with nature and spirit of the island.

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII: The Big Island of Hawaii contains 8 of 13 different climate zones in the world, each with fragile ecosystems. These ecosystems range from tropical dry forest to subalpine grasslands, from snowy alpine deserts to brackish anchialine pools, and from subterranean lava tubes to windswept coastal dunes.

An added benefit of its diverse ecologies is access to some of the purest drinking water in America. It’s common that Big Island rainwater filters naturally through underground porous volcanic rock for decades before it reaches aquifers.

So, it comes as little surprise that Islander Sake Brewery selected the Kohala Coast, more specifically the Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort, for its new sake distillery. “In addition to using large amounts of our pristine water, Islander’s master brewer captures local native yeasts from island air to catalyze the brewing process, making for a sake that reflects a true sense of place,” explained Keith Mallini, assistant resort food and beverage director at Mauna Kea Resort. “Islander Sake is a pioneer in the burgeoning global craft sake trend, being the first in the state and only sake brewery on Hawaii Island—capitalizing on our abundant natural resources.”

An Island Destination

 One golf course equals a golf resort. Two golf courses equal a golf destination.

Mauna Kea Resort is comprised of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (an iconic retreat since 1965) and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort (a contemporary haven refreshed after a $50 million renovation). Both offer world-ranked sandy beaches and an array of ocean activities.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (part of the Marriott Autograph Collection) has an onsite Rees Jones oceanfront course (originally designed by his father, Robert Trent Jones) on what was once a barren black lava field. Today, lush fairways tumble across seaside cliffs with unfolding coastal views.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort boasts an Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-design with dramatic elevation changes from sea level to 750 feet and Kohala Coast ocean views from every hole.

“After your day of golf,” recommended Keith. “I can’t think of a better way to unwind and relive the highlights of the day than sipping freshly brewed natural sake and taking in the majestic views that surround the resort.”

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