Step Into A Vintage Paradise With New Fine Art Photography Series "Gray Malin At The Mauna Kea"

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Prolific fine art photographer Gray Malin celebrates the idyllic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in new series

Gray Malin at The Mauna Kea © Gray Malin

Fine art photographer Gray Malin has partnered with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to debut his most recent fine art series - Gray Malin at the Mauna Kea. Inspired by the beautifully unique spirit of the island of Hawai’i, the series celebrates the resort’s dream-worthy setting along the shores of Kauna’oa Bay. A beloved and historic property developed by Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1965, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has a timeless legacy that is the epitome of luxury, relaxation, and paradise, all of which Gray pays tribute to in his series. Utilizing vintage props, colorful surfboards and striped beachside umbrellas, Gray brings to life carefully crafted moments throughout the resort’s most iconic and eye-catching locations.

Across 32 breathtaking images, the collection perfectly marries the natural beauty of Hawai’i Island with the understated elegance of the resort itself, invoking both nostalgia for the simpler days of yesteryear along with excitement for future vacations to come. Endless palm trees, vibrant blue ocean waves, sandy white beaches and sunset hues paint a picture of a serene lifestyle and heavenly scenery that can only be experienced in Hawai’i. Notable locations that Gray features in his series include Hau Tree, a favorite beachfront lounge to dine and enjoy the famous Fredrico cocktail; Hole 3, the most celebrated hole at the legendary championship golf course; and the front entrance which offers a warm welcome for newcomers and loyal guests alike.

Due to restrictions at the time of the shoot, Gray had exclusive access to the resort, allowing him to photograph various locations while they were closed to resort guests and to emulate a dreamy and idyllic island lifestyle through the images. Though Gray is well known for capturing organic aerial beach scenes, this was the first production where Gray was able to style a custom Gray Malin beach club, reimagining a vintage beach scene complete with over 30 custom umbrellas that feature the signature Mauna Kea orange.

“Working with the Mauna Kea for this project was a dream,” says Gray Malin. “I have had my mind set on shooting this luxury resort for a while and it is incredible that we were able to make it happen during this unpredictable year. I was lucky enough to shoot the resort while it was closed down, giving me the opportunity to highlight the property’s iconic locations in the most serene fashion. I am very proud of how the historic hotel and the island of Hawai’i are celebrated in this series.”

“We are honored to see the timeless beauty of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel come alive in this new photography series from Gray Malin,” said Craig Anderson, Vice President of Operations for Mauna Kea Resort. “From our sun-soaked beach cove that draws travelers from around the world to our orange beach buggy filled with vintage surfboards, this collection captures the feel-good spirit of Mauna Kea that has kept guests coming back for generations.”

Signed and numbered prints will be available as limited editions on and select prints from the series will be available at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel gift shop beginning Jan. 26. For more information on Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, please visit

Gray Malin is a modern day fine art photographer, New York Times Bestselling Author and CEO of his namesake brand, Gray Malin. With the philosophy to Make Every Day a Getaway®, Gray’s photography has expanded into a line of luxury products for home and travel.

He has shot over 30 series around the world in locations as remote as Antarctica and Bhutan while also receiving commercial recognition for inventive aerial beach, ski, and park scenes of the world’s most iconic destinations. With his keen ability to capture the essence of particular locations, he has had the coveted opportunity to photograph some of the country’s most celebrated properties such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, Rockefeller Center and The Breakers Palm Beach.

Gray Malin has partnered with numerous global brands such as Disney, Google, Neiman Marcus, Bugaboo, Away, Ladurée, Le Meridien and more. These partnerships range from commissioned shoots to product and content collaborations, allowing audiences to interact with his art in new and exciting ways.

For more information on prints, partnerships, and products, visit

Media Contact - Gray Malin
Gigi Avendaño
(424) 335-0278

Five decades after opening in 1965, the Laurance S. Rockefeller-developed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel continues its timeless legacy on the golden Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Tucked away along an idyllic beach cove with a sparkling white sand beach, the resort celebrates the ocean, land and aloha spirit of Hawaii. Guests can unwind, renew and enjoy Mauna Kea moments across breathtaking indoor and outdoor spaces that carry out the resort’s signature understated elegance, mid-century modern design, and world-class Pacific Rim art collection. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers 252 spacious guest rooms and suites with private lanais and scenic ocean or golf course views as well as four restaurants & lounges including the beachfront Hau Tree and stunning open-air Manta restaurant. Resort amenities also include an outdoor swimming pool with luxury cabanas; an intimate Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara; a 2,500 square foot fitness center; the legendary 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course which established Hawaii as a golfer’s paradise; the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club; and a daily Mauna Kea Keiki Club for children ages 5-12. Beach services include beach umbrellas and padded chaise lounges while ocean activities include snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Art and history enthusiasts can enjoy complimentary art tours each Saturday.

For more information about Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, please visit, call 808.882.7222 or follow along at @maunakeahotel.

Media Contact – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Murphy O’Brien
(310) 453-2539

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