The Kahala's famous Orchid Wall is one of the original enduring features of the hotel. With more than 100 varieties, this famous wall has been the backdrop of wedding and family photos for five decades. And if you think you are smelling "chocolate" when you glide down those elegant stairs, you're not daydreaming. There really are orchids on the wall that emit a distinctly chocolate smelling fragrance.
Whether in town for business or pleasure our Keiki Club can help make your business or vacation travel a true pleasure with the resort’s supervised children’s program, The Keiki Club, takes advantage of the area’s natural wonders and Hawaii’s unique customs to provide an educational and entertaining program for children aged five to 12 years.
The Keiki Club program is operated year-round by trained child-care professionals. The full-day program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities such as hula dancing, palm frond weaving, lei making and ukulele playing are some of the ways Keiki Club kids learn the wonderful ways of the Hawaiian culture. Kids also enjoy listening
to Hawaiian folk tales and legends and playing traditional island games such as Konane and Maori Poi Ball which was developed to train courageous young warriors in ancient times.
The natural wonders of Hawaii provide even more fodder for exploration and discovery. The mysteries of the ocean are discussed on reef walks while collecting sea shells. Kids enjoy fishing for mullet, squirrel fish, rock crab and eels with traditional bamboo-poles and making their own kites to catch the island’s ocean breezes.
Our child care professionals take great care to educate children about the importance of protecting our environment from pollution and promoting healthy marine life and children are encouraged to start their own recycling program at home. Our services are designed to give you more flexibility with your time and reassurance that your children are in good hands.
Nestled on a stretch of unspoiled beach along Oahu's southeast shores, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an extraordinary treasure.
Our exquisite oceanfront playground is just east of Diamond Head. Travel10 minutes to Waikiki's glittering attractions, or simply relax in a hommock on our private beach. Just outside your door, you’ll find a pristine coastal landscape, endless recreation, and ocean views that will carry you as far away as your dreams will take you.
Just imagine swaying gently in a hammock... It is truly relaxing, and it's not just ocean breezes and piña coladas...
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.