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The Kahala Hotel & Resort Celebrates 50 Years in 2014

11/05/2013

The Kahala Hotel & Resort Celebrates 50 Years in 2014
Golden jubilee celebrations abound; anniversary travel packages sure to delight guests

HONOLULU (Nov. 6, 2013) – The Kahala Hotel & Resort (www.kahalaresort.com), one of Hawaii’s most iconic and beloved resorts, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Visitors can now book Anniversary room and suite packages, and look forward to a multitude of golden jubilee celebrations and promotions throughout 2014.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie intends to proclaim January 22, 2014, the day The Kahala opened, as 'The Kahala Hotel & Resort Golden Jubilee Day.’
Under the management of The Landmark Hotels Group, The Kahala is an independent hotel and member of Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. It is represented in Japan by Okura Hotels & Resorts.

The Kahala is synonymous with island luxury and pampering in true haute-Hawaiian style. The anniversary theme ‘The Legend Inspires, The Promise Continues,’ underscores The Kahala’s commitment to maintaining the superb guest experience during the last 50 years while heralding in a new era of exceptional luxury Hawaiian hospitality.

“The Kahala Hotel & Resort is such a special hotel in that our guests keep returning time after time – we’ll often see guests today who used to come with their families as children. We’ve had the privilege of serving multiple generations as well as providing the backdrop for life’s greatest experiences like weddings, anniversaries, holidays, reunions and romance,” said Shawn Sweeney, President of The Landmark Hotels Group.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating such an important milestone and look forward to offering our guests both a taste of the past as well as a look into the future. One thing is for certain, the Aloha spirit remains strong at The Kahala; if there was one continuing thread during the past 50 years, it would be the caring and warmth of our staff. Guests have told us this is why they return time and time again,” added Sweeney.

The Kahala has welcomed Hollywood celebrities, heads of state, foreign dignitaries, and global business leaders in its colorful fifty-year history. Early on, The Kahala was nicknamed “Kahally-wood” by reporters because the resort was a favorite among high profile entertainment and sports celebrities. Recent celebrities who have enjoyed The Kahala include Adam Sandler, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Sir Elton John. The Dalai Lama visited in 2012.

The Kahala launched its Golden jubilee celebrations in the fall with room packages, special menus and cocktails celebrating the past 50 years at Hoku’s and the Veranda, with performances by local artist Makana that included tributes to the music of the 60s, and nightly turndown service featuring special memories of Kahala past and present. A “Down Memory Lane” live radio broadcast, hosted by Michael Perry and Larry Price as part of their morning show, will be held on January 22 and 23 in the Plumeria Beach House and will showcase music and entertainers from the different eras. Later in the spring, there will be a tribute to the Maile Room at Hoku’s and a hukilau and Polynesian buffet recreating Sunday nights at the hotel 50 years ago.

Room Packages
Imperial Golden Jubilee Vacation Experience
Five Nights Imperial Suite; $50,000 for two
This over-the-top, $50,000, 50th anniversary five-night vacation package for two includes a private, multi-island helicopter tour with picnic lunch; private Waikiki-to-Diamond Head sunset sail on board a catamaran with appetizers, cocktails, and romantic dinner including roundtrip hotel transfer by Rolls Royce; spa treatments of your choice at the Kahala Spa; daily breakfast buffet for two; gourmet five-course dinner in Hoku’s; catered in-suite “happy hour” hors d’oeuvres daily; laundry allowance and roundtrip airport transfer. Guests will stay in the resort’s luxurious penthouse Imperial Suite with full signature suite amenity program included.

50th Anniversary Celebrations Special
3 night minimum, Scenic, Scenic Lanai, Partial Ocean View Lanai, Dolphin Lanai, Ocean View and Ocean Front Lanai; single or double occupancy
Celebrate with us and receive daily breakfast buffet for two at the beachfront Plumeria Beach House, a value of over $84 per day, a special anniversary gift and a onetime resort credit of $50 every three nights. Package requires a three-night minimum stay and is available for stays between now and December 19, 2014. Excluding Holidays and blackout dates apply.

5000 Kahala
$5,000; Four night minimum, Ocean Front Suite; single or double occupancy
This luxury suite package includes The Kahala’s signature suite amenity program, a special anniversary gift and a onetime resort credit of $50 every four nights. Package requires a four-night minimum stay. Priced at $5,000 for four nights, single or double occupancy, 5000 Kahala reserves the best ocean front suites for a luxurious stay between now and December 19, 2014, excluding holidays and blackout dates. Breakfast for two is included.

1964 Golden Jubilee Package
$1,964; 2 night minimum, Beach Front Lanai or Scenic Ocean View Suite; single or double occupancy
With both fabulous packages you receive daily breakfast buffet for two at the beach front Plumeria Beach House, a value of over $84 per day; a special anniversary gift and a onetime resort credit of $50 every two nights.

Included with the Scenic Ocean View Suite you will receive The Kahala’s signature suite amenity program. Priced at $1,964 for two nights, single or double occupancy, the package requires a two-night minimum stay and is available for stays between now and December 19, 2014, excluding holidays and blackout dates July 1 – August 18, 2014.

Subject to availability and black-out dates, all 50th Anniversary packages may be booked online at www.kahalaresort.com, or by calling toll free (800) 367-2525. The packages may also be reserved through a travel agent.

Other Hotel Anniversary Promotions

The Kahala Spa’s Gold Treatment
$395 (not including tax and gratuity)
Reservations: (808) 739-8938 or kahala-spa@kahalaresort.com
Look and feel “as good as gold” with The Kahala Spa’s Golden Glow Facial and body experience that will uncover your youth and leave you glowing and radiant. This new signature treatment begins with Ho’omaka, a signature foot ritual, followed by a full body skin brushing, scrub and body wrap to exfoliate and leave your skin glowing. The Kahala Spa’s talented therapists will then take you to a state of relaxation with a Hawaiian-style lomi lomi massage. Following your body primer, the therapist shifts focus to hydrating the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles through a Hylauranic Infusion from Intraceuticals. Finally, using NuFace’s gentle microcurrent technology, the therapist works to firm facial muscles, reduce further the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, and elasticity, and enhance collagen production.

50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration Tea at The Veranda
Daily, 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.; beginning now
$19.64 per person, (not including tax and gratuity)
Reservations: (808) 739-8760 or restaurants@kahalaresort.com
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea party in the newly remodeled Veranda lounge or out on the lanai overlooking the dolphin lagoons and Pacific waters. This specially priced 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration Tea experience commemorates the year of the hotel’s grand opening—1964. Priced at just $19.64 per person (plus tax and gratuity), the Golden Jubilee tea party experience is available daily from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in The Veranda. It includes your choice of coffee or personal selection of specialty tea, and an hors d’oeuvre tray with a delicious and delectable selection of sweets including The Blue Hawaii Macaroon, Wili Wili Bar, Mai Tai Tart, and Kahala Coconut Cake. Pinkies out - Every day’s a tea party at The Kahala! There’s no better way to while away an afternoon with friends than with a perfect cup of tea with treats. This special menu is also available for tea parties of ten or more with advance reservations. Parking for all diners is validated for up to 3 hours with a minimum $25 purchase.

Hoku’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration Prix Fixe Menu
Wednesday – Sunday; now through June 30, 2014
$196.40 per couple (not including tax and gratuity)
Reservations: (808) 739-8760 or restaurants@kahalaresort.com
Chef Jeremy Shigekane has created a special prix fixe dining experience in Hoku’s in celebration of The Kahala’s 50th anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration Menu in Hoku’s will be featured at dinner nightly, Wednesday through Sunday, now through June 30, 2014. The Celebration menu begins with an amuse bouche of the chef’s choice followed by a first course of Oysters “Rockefeller” Tempura served with creamed baby spinach, crisp Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, and anise. The second course follows and includes Beef Short Rib Consommé with Aji Amarillo short rib ravioli and baby bok choi. For a third course, gourmands will enjoy the poached fresh island catch served with cucumber noodles, house made potato chips, and three-caviar beurre blanc. The main course prepared fresh by the chef will feature Tournedos Rossini—a pan roasted filet mignon perfectly cooked to the guest’s preference and garnished with foie gras, roasted potatoes, and truffled red wine jus. For dessert, splurge on the Fresh Seasonal Berry Jubilee topped with Grand Marnier liqueur, and served with ice cream. Parking for all diners is validated for up to 3 hours with a minimum $25 purchase.

More information on The Kahala 50th Anniversary can be found at www.kahalaresort.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/KahalaHotelandResort, Twitter (@kahalaresort), Instagram (kahala-resort) and Pinterest (The Kahala Hotel & Resort).

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Editor’s Note: High-res photography, hotel timeline and guest stories are available upon request or by visiting www.kahalaresort.com.

About The Kahala Hotel & Resort
With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the exclusive ambiance of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu's social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai'i. Travel + Leisure readers rank The Kahala the Top Hawaii resort for families and the number one Oahu resort in the magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Awards. The resort is among Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Top 15 Hawaii resorts. Successful Meetings gave the hotel a Pinnacle Award for four years in a row, 2010-2013. Open Table named Plumeria Beach House in their Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch. TripAdvisor.com gave The Kahala a 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States. The Kahala was also selected as Fodor’s Choice Award in 2012.

Press Contacts:
Pam Devaney / tel. 760.846.4640 / pam@resonatepr.com
Jennifer Marples / tel. 415.986.1593 / jennifer@koacommunications.com

Contacts

Glynis Esmail
Landmark Hotels Group
One Waters Park Drive San Mateo, CA 94403
gesmail@landmarkhotelsgroup.com
(650) 638.2000
(650) 638.2005
www.kahalaresort.com