The Kahala joined the ranks of one of the world’s great resorts when it opened in 1964. The late 60’s were a time of American ingenuity - in music, in automobiles and entertainment. During the first decade of The Kahala,
Hollywood celebrities and royalty came to stay. Visit our lobby Wall of Fame to catch a glimpse of The Kahala Who’s Who through the years and celebrate with us the legend that is The Kahala.
The Veranda is the perfect place to enjoy your Afternoon Tea. Whether young or old, High Tea is always an island favorit. Guests will be spoiled for choice with treats such as freshly baked scones served with clotted cream, and preservesl, a selection of four savories, and four sweets. Your choices of savories are island inspired, asian flair, european elegance and heartier selections. And in celebration of our Golden Jubilee, we have four decadent desserts. Each carefully chosen for you.
The Blue Hawaii Macaroon
Elvis would have loved our blue macaroon
with orange and curacao ganache filling.
The Wili Wili Bar
Chef Michael’s delightful shortbread crust
with coconut, chocolate chip, and
marshmallow topping, straight from one
of our Hawaiian auntie’s recipe book.
The Mai Tai Tart
The Mad Men would have loved this one!
Almond frangipane tart with
fresh pineapple and dark rum glaze.
The Kahala Coconut Cake
We dug deep into our culinary archives
to revive this classic chiffon cake with
coconut pastry cream and whipped cream
The Legend Inspires. The Promise Continues. Welcoming guests since 1964
The Kahala Hotel’s grand opening January 22, 1964 heralded a new era of modern luxurious hospitality in the Hawaiian Islands. Its spacious, well-appointed rooms commanded the then-stunning price of $32.50 per day. The Kahala was the very first Hawaiian hotel to have air conditioning, his-and-her vanities, and walk-in closets. One VIP guest described his room as a “living room with a bed.” Over the years many things have changed, but The Kahala’s unwavering commitment to Aloha has remained the same.
Designed by architects Edward Killingsworth, Jules Brady, and Waugh Smith of Long Beach, California, the resort’s décor was creatively dubbed “tropic chic” by reporters. The spectacular lighting features in the main lobby were giant beach glass chandeliers made from 28,000 glinting-in-the-sun, multi-colored pieces of Italian-fused glass dangling from bodies of oxidized bronze. Each one weighed over a ton. The blue, emerald, topaz, amethyst, turquoise, and moonstone colored glass was meant to simulate the drift glass found on Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, including the stunning white sand beach fronting The Kahala. The artist used 1,626 pieces of fused chunk glass in the base and 26,580 of fused glass went into the creation of the dangling chandeliers and the matching wall stairway fixtures when it was first created.
These remarkable icons of Kahala style were envisioned by famed interior designer Irene McGowan with lighting by New York’s Leslie Wheel. McGowan was a Seattle-based artist and designer who once mentored another famous Seattle glass artist, Dale Chihuly. McGowan also collaborated with Roland Terry and Pete Wimberley to design and build Canlis Restaurant. McGowan’s copper fixtures were used throughout. The Kahala’s giant, beaconing chandeliers have welcomed American Presidents and foreign heads of state, celebrities from sports and entertainment, and international travelers from all walks of life for five decades.
Have your Thanksgiving Dinner prepared by chefs from a luxury resort in Hawaii!
THANKSGIVING AT HOME - The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s popular Thanksgiving at Home program will be offered again on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day. The package, priced at $175 (plus tax), includes a 12-14-pound turkey with all the garnishes such as stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, autumn vegetables with spiced pumpkin seeds, cranberry sauce, ciabatta bread, salad with fall vegetables and lilikoi vinaigrette, and a pumpkin pie. Extra garnishes are available for additional fees. Thanksgiving at Home packages may be picked up from 4 until 7 p.m. on the eve of Thanksgiving, and from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27 and 28, 2013). To place your order, call (808) 739-8760. Limited quantities are available, so please place your order early.
Did you know The Kahala Hotel & Resort has a 26,000 square foot lagoon that is home to resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins?
One such dolphin is named Hoku and he was born at The Kahala in 1991. Hoku means 'Star' in Hawaiian and became the name our our award-winning fine dining restaurant Hoku's. Hoku, the dolphin, is a very good-natured animal, Hoku loves tactile attention and learning new behaviors. He is definitely our Star, and even has a restaurant named after him.
Dolphin Quest runs great programs that allow guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the dolphins. The natural setting allows for a once in a lifetime activity. View programs (pdf) *A portion of the fees from Dolphin Quest supports important marine education, conservation & research.
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