Kahala’s Initiative for Sustainability, Culture & the Arts

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is deeply committed to preserving Oahu’s land, ocean and culture. Together with the community, guests and local non-profit organizations, we believe it is all of our kuleana to work together toward preserving our island home for generations to come.

We invite you to be part of our journey to a brighter tomorrow.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Experience Our KISCA sponsored Hawaiian Culture Classes

Storytelling by our Tutu

at POOLSIDE HALE

Fridays
9:30-10:30am

A magical, memorable true Aloha filled experience of Hawaiian Culture with treasured teachers.

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Storytelling by our Tutu

at POOLSIDE HALE

Fridays
9:30-10:30am

A magical, memorable true Aloha filled experience of Hawaiian Culture with treasured teachers.

Haku Kupe’e Bracelet Making

at THE VERANDA

Thursdays
9:00 - 10:00am

The ancient Hawaiian Art of weaving raffia, fern and flowers to create a beautiful bracelet (Kupe’e) for your wrist or ornament for your hair. Wear your creation to hula dancing class, immediately following.

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Haku Kupe’e Bracelet Making

at THE VERANDA

Thursdays
9:00 - 10:00am

The ancient Hawaiian Art of weaving raffia, fern and flowers to create a beautiful bracelet (Kupe’e) for your wrist or ornament for your hair. Wear your creation to hula dancing class, immediately following.

Lei Making

at THE VERANDA

Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
10:00 - 11:00am

Learn to make flower lei, which is a garland or wreath in Hawai’i. Leave with a beautiful handmade lei to wear or share with someone special. A lei is a common symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor or greeting.

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Lei Making

at THE VERANDA

Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
10:00 - 11:00am

Learn to make flower lei, which is a garland or wreath in Hawai’i. Leave with a beautiful handmade lei to wear or share with someone special. A lei is a common symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor or greeting.

Hula Dancing

at THE VERANDA

Thursdays
10:00 - 11:00am

Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant (Oli) or song (Mele). Hula dancing is a beautiful art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. In our hula dancing class, you will learn basic steps, hand motions and some stories about Hawai’i.

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Hula Dancing

at THE VERANDA

Thursdays
10:00 - 11:00am

Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant (Oli) or song (Mele). Hula dancing is a beautiful art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. In our hula dancing class, you will learn basic steps, hand motions and some stories about Hawai’i.

Coconut Husking

at POOLSIDE HALE

Select Sundays
10am - 12pm

Join us at Poolside Hale through the end of August for organic, fresh coconut husking!

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Coconut Husking

at POOLSIDE HALE

Select Sundays
10am - 12pm

Join us at Poolside Hale through the end of August for organic, fresh coconut husking!

Hawaiian Fishing (Upena Ho’olei)

at POOLSIDE HALE

Select Saturdays
9:00-10:30am

Guests are invited to a net throwing demonstration using Hawaiian techniques. Guests age 10 and older will be invited to try out their skills.

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Hawaiian Fishing (Upena Ho’olei)

at POOLSIDE HALE

Select Saturdays
9:00-10:30am

Guests are invited to a net throwing demonstration using Hawaiian techniques. Guests age 10 and older will be invited to try out their skills.

Lauhala Weaving

at THE VERANDA

Tuesdays
10:00 - 11:30am

Hala weaving is a traditional practice to make items such as baskets, hats and mats from leaves of Hala trees. Watch Keoua Nelsen expertly weave together leaves. Keoua Nelson is from Kona and comes from a long line of lauhala weavers.

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Lauhala Weaving

at THE VERANDA

Tuesdays
10:00 - 11:30am

Hala weaving is a traditional practice to make items such as baskets, hats and mats from leaves of Hala trees. Watch Keoua Nelsen expertly weave together leaves. Keoua Nelson is from Kona and comes from a long line of lauhala weavers.

Ohe Kapala Stamping by Na Mala Kahiko

at THE VERANDA

Mondays
10:00 - 11:30am

Join us on this Hawaiian craft workshop to create your own kapa bookmark. “Ohe Kapala” is a piece of bamboo carved for printing “tapa” which is a bark cloth that has been softened through a process of soaking and beating. 

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Ohe Kapala Stamping by Na Mala Kahiko

at THE VERANDA

Mondays
10:00 - 11:30am

Join us on this Hawaiian craft workshop to create your own kapa bookmark. “Ohe Kapala” is a piece of bamboo carved for printing “tapa” which is a bark cloth that has been softened through a process of soaking and beating. 

Sunset Serenade & Storytelling of the Legends of Waialae Kahala

at POOLSIDE HALE

Sundays
6:00-7:00pm

As the glorious sun sets in Kahala, guests will listen to stories and songs about this very sacred area told by our master Storyteller. 

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Sunset Serenade & Storytelling of the Legends of Waialae Kahala

at POOLSIDE HALE

Sundays
6:00-7:00pm

As the glorious sun sets in Kahala, guests will listen to stories and songs about this very sacred area told by our master Storyteller. 

Join Our KISCA sponsored Sustainability Educational Programs

Presented by The Kahala Hotel & Resort & The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Sunset Seminar Series

at THE KAHALA
Join us at Plumeria Grove for lively discussions and presentations on efforts being done to protect and preserve Hawai‘i’s environment and culture. Enjoy the beachside view as local researchers and professionals present how environmental and social research supports Hawai‘i’s environment and people. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are invited to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources! The seminar is complimentary with light pupus and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Next Seminar:
Thursday, Oct 20 | 6-7p.m.

Upcoming Seminars:

Thursday, Nov 17th | 5-6p.m.
Wednesday, Dec 14th | 5-6p.m.
Thursday, Jan 26th | 5-6p.m.
Tuesday, Feb 28th | 5-6p.m.
Thursday, Mar 23th | 5-6p.m.

Click the button and reserve your seat today!
For more information, please contact: [email protected] 808.739.8811

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Sunset Seminar Series

at THE KAHALA

Join us at Plumeria Grove for lively discussions and presentations on efforts being done to protect and preserve Hawai‘i’s environment and culture. Enjoy the beachside view as local researchers and professionals present how environmental and social research supports Hawai‘i’s environment and people. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are invited to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources! The seminar is complimentary with light pupus and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Next Seminar:
Thursday, Oct 20 | 6-7p.m.

Upcoming Seminars:

Thursday, Nov 17th | 5-6p.m.
Wednesday, Dec 14th | 5-6p.m.
Thursday, Jan 26th | 5-6p.m.
Tuesday, Feb 28th | 5-6p.m.
Thursday, Mar 23th | 5-6p.m.

Click the button and reserve your seat today!
For more information, please contact: [email protected] 808.739.8811

Live Touch Tank & Coral Activity

In partnership with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
Get to know what lives where you swim!
Every Friday | 10am - 12pm
*except last Friday of each month

Hawai'i's beautiful coral reef ecosystems provide countless benfits to humns, fish, and other ocean creatures. Coral reefs are also facing significant threats and are struggling to stay alive. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are welcomed to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources.

During a hands-on learning experience, get to know Hawai'i's unique marine life. Learn about local conservation efforts & discover ways that you can help keep our treasured reefs healthy and thriving.

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Live Touch Tank & Coral Activity

In partnership with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

Get to know what lives where you swim!
Every Friday | 10am - 12pm
*except last Friday of each month

Hawai'i's beautiful coral reef ecosystems provide countless benfits to humns, fish, and other ocean creatures. Coral reefs are also facing significant threats and are struggling to stay alive. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are welcomed to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources.

During a hands-on learning experience, get to know Hawai'i's unique marine life. Learn about local conservation efforts & discover ways that you can help keep our treasured reefs healthy and thriving.

Keiki Art

In partnership with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
Draw, Paint, Create and Get Messy!
Every Wednesday | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

The Kahala invites all children (ages 5 and up) to spend the afternoon creating ocean-inspired art while learning about environmental stewardship. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are welcomed to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources through the creation.
We have all the supplies that keiki need to flex their creative muscles and create one-of-a-kind masterpieces to take home.

Due to limited availability, reservations are required. Please contact concierge to reserve your spot today!

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Keiki Art

In partnership with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology

Draw, Paint, Create and Get Messy!
Every Wednesday | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

The Kahala invites all children (ages 5 and up) to spend the afternoon creating ocean-inspired art while learning about environmental stewardship. Both guests and the kamaʻāina are welcomed to engage and learn about Hawai‘i’s natural resources through the creation.
We have all the supplies that keiki need to flex their creative muscles and create one-of-a-kind masterpieces to take home.

Due to limited availability, reservations are required. Please contact concierge to reserve your spot today!

Support Our Sustainability Initiatives

An Evening with Nathan Aweau

at PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Nathan brings Hawaiian music to Plumeria Beach House with accolades like Island Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. The New York Times says, “Nathan has an in-depth understanding of orchestration, and his singing style is effortless.”

Sponsored by The Kahala Initiative for Sustainability, Culture and The Arts, join us for an evening of incredible music at the oceanside restaurant. Enjoy Kahala favorites such as Ahi Poke Musubi, Plumeria Beach House Pork Tonkatsu, Grilled Vegetable Grain Bowls and more.

Seating starts at 5:30pm
Performance from 6:30pm

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An Evening with Nathan Aweau

at PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Nathan brings Hawaiian music to Plumeria Beach House with accolades like Island Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. The New York Times says, “Nathan has an in-depth understanding of orchestration, and his singing style is effortless.”

Sponsored by The Kahala Initiative for Sustainability, Culture and The Arts, join us for an evening of incredible music at the oceanside restaurant. Enjoy Kahala favorites such as Ahi Poke Musubi, Plumeria Beach House Pork Tonkatsu, Grilled Vegetable Grain Bowls and more.

Seating starts at 5:30pm
Performance from 6:30pm

KISCA Featured Dish

at PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE

At Plumeria Beach House, we make every effort to find quality ingredients for our dishes. We are proud to support our local farmers by introducing their fresh produce to our guests. This quarter, we would like to feature one of our newest offerings, the "Maui Nui Venison Burger".

Our Maui Nui Venison Burger is a take on a local burger. We put our Kahala spin on it by topping it with a pineapple onion bacon chutney, Waialua tome cheese, Dijonnaise, Kawamata tomatoes and lettuce.

The axis deer used in the patty is an invasive species on Maui, and does not have natural predators. Our local Maui Nui Venison Burger can be enjoyed at Plumeria Beach House.

A portion of the sales goes directly to support our non-profit organization partners.

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KISCA Featured Dish

at PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE

At Plumeria Beach House, we make every effort to find quality ingredients for our dishes. We are proud to support our local farmers by introducing their fresh produce to our guests. This quarter, we would like to feature one of our newest offerings, the "Maui Nui Venison Burger".

Our Maui Nui Venison Burger is a take on a local burger. We put our Kahala spin on it by topping it with a pineapple onion bacon chutney, Waialua tome cheese, Dijonnaise, Kawamata tomatoes and lettuce.

The axis deer used in the patty is an invasive species on Maui, and does not have natural predators. Our local Maui Nui Venison Burger can be enjoyed at Plumeria Beach House.

A portion of the sales goes directly to support our non-profit organization partners.

Treetment

Restore Hawaii's diverse ecosystem by donating $90 to the Kahala Legacy Forest —located at Gunstock Ranch in Malaekahana on the North Shore of Oahu. The Kahala Legacy Forest represents Kahala's commitment to the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). We are proud to be the organization's first reforestation partner on the island of Oahu, with an entire piece of land on which Kahala guests and supporters can plant native trees. With your donation, a tree will be planted in your name (or dedicated to someone else) on Oahu's North Shore. As a token of our appreciation for your donation, you'll receive $50 off any spa treatment at The Kahala.

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Treetment

Restore Hawaii's diverse ecosystem by donating $90 to the Kahala Legacy Forest —located at Gunstock Ranch in Malaekahana on the North Shore of Oahu. The Kahala Legacy Forest represents Kahala's commitment to the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). We are proud to be the organization's first reforestation partner on the island of Oahu, with an entire piece of land on which Kahala guests and supporters can plant native trees. With your donation, a tree will be planted in your name (or dedicated to someone else) on Oahu's North Shore. As a token of our appreciation for your donation, you'll receive $50 off any spa treatment at The Kahala.

KISCA Sponsored Cultural Events

at The KAHALA

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KISCA Sponsored Cultural Events

at The KAHALA

Join our Upcoming Events

 

Our Other Kahala Initiatives for Sustainability

Kahala Green Initiatives

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Recycling
  • Purchasing Reused Products
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Food Service

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Kahala Green Initiatives

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Recycling
  • Purchasing Reused Products
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Food Service
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Mālama Hawaii

Celebrate Planet Earth By Giving Back

Here at The Kahala, we want you to truly experience our island home and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. In partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, we hope to share our community and connect with you through our Mālama Hawaii.

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Mālama Hawaii

Celebrate Planet Earth By Giving Back

Here at The Kahala, we want you to truly experience our island home and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. In partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, we hope to share our community and connect with you through our Mālama Hawaii.

Reforestation with Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative

The number of endemic Hawaiian Milo trees planted by The Kahala in Legacy Forest in North Shore is:

14324

KISCA is our commitment to restore part of the natural landscape of the island and plant 200,000 endemic Hawaiian Milo trees in Malaekahana on the North Shore of Oahu. It's an important initiative that provides a brighter and more beautiful future for Hawaii.

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Reforestation with Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative

The number of endemic Hawaiian Milo trees planted by The Kahala in Legacy Forest in North Shore is:

14324

KISCA is our commitment to restore part of the natural landscape of the island and plant 200,000 endemic Hawaiian Milo trees in Malaekahana on the North Shore of Oahu. It's an important initiative that provides a brighter and more beautiful future for Hawaii.

Magical Evening Honoring Danny

It has been 25 years since Danny “Kaniela” Kaleikini last delighted audiences from around the world here at The Kahala.  On January 26th, we honored Danny by dedicating our front drive in his name, he will always remain a special part of our moʻolelo and ʻohana.  We are truly grateful for his 30 year legacy at The Kahala.  May his legacy as Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha live on forever.

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Magical Evening Honoring Danny

It has been 25 years since Danny “Kaniela” Kaleikini last delighted audiences from around the world here at The Kahala.  On January 26th, we honored Danny by dedicating our front drive in his name, he will always remain a special part of our moʻolelo and ʻohana.  We are truly grateful for his 30 year legacy at The Kahala.  May his legacy as Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha live on forever.
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Volunteer Opportunities 

Get involved and learn more directly from our Non-Profit organization partners about their initiatives

Mālama Maunalua

Mālama Maunalua is committed to restoring the health of Maunalua Bay through habitat restoration, science and planning, and education and outreach.

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Mālama Maunalua

Mālama Maunalua is committed to restoring the health of Maunalua Bay through habitat restoration, science and planning, and education and outreach.

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Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership

The Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) is a voluntary alliance of major public and private landowners committed to the protection of the native Hawaiian forests of the Koʻolau Mountains.

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Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership

The Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) is a voluntary alliance of major public and private landowners committed to the protection of the native Hawaiian forests of the Koʻolau Mountains.

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Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center

Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center’s vision is Maunaluaʻs fishponds are thriving, cultural traditions are honored and history is preserved through a caring community.

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Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center

Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center’s vision is Maunaluaʻs fishponds are thriving, cultural traditions are honored and history is preserved through a caring community.

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Go for a hike with breathtaking views, snorkel alongside local wildlife in beautiful blue waters, or cruise the Ka Iwi Coastline. 

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