Copper Bar at Mauna Kea

Copper Bar at Mauna Kea: Iconic and Unforgettable
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a magical and unforgettable Hawaiian experience, visit the Copper Bar at Mauna Kea. Enjoy delicious farm-to-table creations while sipping award-winning cocktails while taking in the amazing views of a dormant volcano and the sweeping ocean views that have delighted visitors and locals for generations.

- The Local Expert Team

Visiting the iconic Copper Bar in the Mauna Kea Resort is an unforgettable experience that is rich in history and tradition. You see, Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii and is home to some of the world’s most important astronomical observatories. The Copper Bar is located at the summit of the mountain and is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The drive up to the summit of Mauna Kea is a journey in itself. The winding road is a bit narrow, but the views are breathtaking, making the journey an experience in itself. As you ascend, watch for the clouds below, and the green of the forests giving way to the barren, rocky terrain of the summit. The sky is sure to envelop you with a deep blue, and the sun was shining brightly, making the entire scene look like something you’d see on a “wish you were here,” postcard.

The iconic Copper Bar is a small, cozy establishment with a rustic feel, and it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. This is an interesting bit of trivia. The bar is made of copper, as the name suggests. It adds a unique touch to the atmosphere. The menu features a wonderful selection of tapas and entrees that are elevated with locally sourced ingredients. It features mouthwatering fresh salads, sushi, flatbreads, Parker Ranch Burgers, and fresh catch sashimi. The farm-to-table menu is complimented with a wonderful selection of cocktails, spirits, tap beers, and wines.

Take a look at the mouthwatering craft cocktails that are sure to refresh and satisfy. The Mauna Kea’s Bees Knees is a sweet winner: 

Mauna Kea Barrel Bonfire
Mauna Kea’s Single Barrel Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, pineapple, honey, and a “smoky” finish

Twilight Skies
Grey Goose Vodka, fresh blueberries, sage, lemon, and a  hint of honey

Strawberry Basil Mule
Strawberry,  basil,  house-made ginger beer, vodka, and a splash of club soda

Mauna Kea’s Bees Knees
Muddled basil, Botanist Gin / house-made lemon sour, and Mauna Kea Resort Bee Hive Honey

Mai Tai Frozen
Coconut rum haven, pineapple juice, Old Lahaina rum, and dark float

Moonlight Mauna Kea Margarita
Double barrel Herradura Reposado, lime sour, fresh blackberries, and  limoncello

Once you select your favorite beverage and a scrumptious bite to eat, take it all in. You’ll immediately feel a sense of awe and wonder as you look into the view. If you time it just right, enjoy the amazing sunset with the sky a striking shade of pink and orange. Look for the telescopes on the summit of the mountain. A reminder of incredible scientific discoveries.

As you sip your drinks, you’ll experience a sense of peace and tranquility. Since The Copper Bar is located at the highest point on the island and it’s the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Unwind and relax with a beverage, maybe their award-winning Strawberry Basil Mule or a special mocktail, so sit back, and enjoy live music and delightful hula performances while basking in sweeping ocean views that have delighted visitors and locals for generations.

As the sun sets and the stars came out, the darkness made the telescopes stand out like shining beacons. A reminder of the incredible technology that can explore the universe. It is truly humbling to be right at the top of a mountain and the Pacific Coast is below.  It’s a truly once-in-a-lifetime and unique experience only found on the Big Island of Hawaii. You’ll want to visit again.

Insider Tips:
-The Copper Bar is only open for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
-Find updates and specials on their Facebook page.