March 20, 2014 is the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness #HappyDay. In Hawaii, giving a lei brings happiness and spreads Aloha. Every guest at The Kahala Hotel & Resort is given a welcome lei on arrival. The lehua lei in the image comes from`Ohi`a lehua, a native tree that grows on all the Hawaiian islands. The tree's flowers - ranging in color from white to yellow to pink or red - mature leaves (lau lehua), young leaves and buds (liko lehua) and seeds (hua lehua) are all used in lei making. The vivid red color - symbolizing sacredness - of the pua lehua, or lehua blossoms, and liko lehua makes these forms preferred in lei. Since ancient times, the association of red and sacredness with lehua crops up in chants and songs, including mele inoa or name chants for chiefs and the legends of Pele. Prized by the volcano goddess, lei made from lehua are still placed at the crater as offerings to Pele. (referenced by HawaiianHistory.org)
The welcome lei given on arrival at The Kahala Hotel & Resort has changed over the years, but the sentiment of spreading Aloha & happiness remains the same.
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...