President of Okura Hotels, Toshihiro Ogita, Sends Congratulations

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My parents celebrated their honeymoon at the Kahala when it opened in 1964!

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My parents celebrated their honeymoon at the Kahala when it opened in 1964!  As a family we spent every year at the Kahala for our yearly Hawaiian vacation.  My sister and I were always photographed at the same location on the peninsula with the iconic hotel in the background. So many memories at such a special place.....paddle boats, delicate thin pancakes, poolside burgers from our favorite chef, swimming to the floating island, shuffle board, the dolphins, the dolphins swimming by our lagoon room, Thanksgiving's at the Mali Room, and running up the fire escape stairs to get the 360 views from the roof (back in the day)!  Just arriving in the lobby was like coming home!  Seen so many changes!  saw all the different ownerships (The Hilton, The Mandarin, etc) but the Kahala always possessed the same feeling, 1st Class and incomparable!  What a hotel and it's prime location. So many memories of Magnum P.I. being filmed down the beach and star sightings at the hotel.  Thank you Kahala and Happy 50th!  You always have a special place in my heart and in my memories.  Cheers- John Ellis from Portland, OR

Our family has been going to the Kahala for over 25 years

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Our family has been going to the Kahala for over 25 years - here we are in the hot tub in 2000. Now our boys are much older but they still love the place.  Much aloha, the Fan-Schaefer Family from Montclair, NJ

 

 

 

 

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“I have all your record and tape.”

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A decade of memories revolve around The Kahala

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In the late 1960s through the 1970s my late parents owned a home we lived in on Laukahi Street on Waialae Iki Ridge.  My dad kept a spotting scope on our table on the lanai - he was just a SURE he would see "something exciting" happen in one of the rooms.  Of course he never did!

I spent summers hanging out on the beach back in the days when Bobby Krewson ran the concession there.

My career goal for many years was to be the PR Director for the hotel - I was inspired by Kay Ahern.

My parents' friends owned the art gallery concession in the hotel and my mom worked there as a favor when they went on vacation.  She met Helen Copeland (a hotel guest) there and my attendance at (and graduation from) Lewis & Clark College in Portland are a direct result of that meeting.

It's safe to say that a decade of memories revolve around the Kahala.

Rosemary Dunn
Anchorage, AK