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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.

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Experience Our KISCA sponsored Hawaiian Culture Classes

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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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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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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Haku Kupeʻe 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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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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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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Join Our KISCA sponsored Sustainability Educational Programs

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

Sunset Seminar Series

at PLUMERIA GROVE
Thursday February 22 | 6:30-7:30pm

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 Alexandra Kahn from ReUnite US shares a documentary about getting involved in community activism, and Honolulu’s single use plastic ban in 2019. 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. Click the button and reserve your seat today! For more information, select See More or contact:concierge@kahalaresort.com 808.739.8811

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 Ocean Education Activity

Ocean Education Activity

Environmental & sustainability program designed with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology for KISCA.
Get to know what lives where you swim!
Every Wed & Fri | 10am - 12pm
*except last Friday of each month
Hawai'i's beautiful coral reef ecosystems provide countless benefits to humans, 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.

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 Keiki Art

Keiki Art

Environmental & sustainability program designed with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology for KISCA.
Draw, Paint, Create and Get Messy!
Every Wednesday | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Kahala Hotel & Resort 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.

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Sunset Seminar Series

at PLUMERIA GROVE

Thursday February 22 | 6:30-7:30pm

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 Alexandra Kahn from ReUnite US shares a documentary about getting involved in community activism, and Honolulu’s single use plastic ban in 2019.

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.

Click the button and reserve your seat today!

For more information, select See More or contact:concierge@kahalaresort.com

Ocean Education Activity

Environmental & sustainability program designed with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology for KISCA.
Get to know what lives where you swim!
Every Wed & Fri | 10am – 12pm
Hawai’i’s beautiful coral reef ecosystems provide countless benefits to humans, 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. Learn about local conservation efforts & discover ways that you can help keep our treasured reefs healthy and thriving.

Keiki Art

Environmental & sustainability program designed with the Coral Resilience Lab at The Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology for KISCA.
Draw, Paint, Create and Get Messy!
Every Wednesday | 4:00pm – 5:30pm | at KISCA room

The Kahala Hotel & Resort 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 by 3pm on the day of program. Parent/guardian’s presence required. Please contact concierge to reserve your spot today!

Support Our Sustainability Initiatives

KISCA Featured Dish

KISCA Featured Dish

at PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE

At Plumeria Beach House, we make every effort to source quality ingredients for our dishes. We are proud to support local farmers and introduce their premium ingredients to our guests. This quarter, we would like to feature one of The Kahala Hotel & Resort's Signature offerings, "Gratin of Big Island Abalone".

Big Island Abalone operates an ethically raised, solar-powered abalone farm on the Kona coast of Hawai’i island. Kona abalone are raised in pristine, deep seawater and are high in nutritional value, including protein and collagen.

Our Gratin of Big Island Abalone is served with a house-made warm baguette and 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 Sponsored Cultural Events

KISCA Sponsored Cultural Events

at The KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT

Join our Upcoming Events

  • February 22 | Sunset Seminar
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    Our Other KISCA Initiatives

    Our Impact

    Our Impact

    The Kahala Hotel & Resort is proud to share our Impact Statement highlighting their efforts towards environmental sustainability in collaboration with The Hawaiian Legacy Forest. The statement details the contributions made by the hotel towards various initiatives aimed at preserving the environment.

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    Green Business Program Awards

    Green Business Program Awards

    The Kahala Hotel & Resort is proud to be among the cohort of Hawai'i businesses and events honored by the Hawai'i Green Business Program (HCBP)  for their energy efficiency and sustainable business practices. 

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     Kahala Green Initiatives

    Kahala Green Initiatives

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

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     E Ola Mau Loa - Live Forever

    E Ola Mau Loa - Live Forever

    Return your lei to nature and return your aloha to the island. At the Kahala Hotel & Resort, after & enjoying your fresh Hawaiian lei, drape it on our E Ola Mau Loa tree, so that the lei will nourish our land. This embraces the Hawaiian belief that what you take from the land, you must give back to the land.

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    Magical Evening Honoring Danny

    Magical Evening Honoring Danny

    th It has been 25 years since Danny “Kaniela” Kaleikini last delighted audiences from around the world here at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.  On January 26 , 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 Hotel & Resort.  May his legacy as Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha live on forever.

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    Memories of the Maile Room Gala

    Memories of the Maile Room Gala

    On September 14th, The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Kamehameha Schools honored individuals and groups dedicated to the environmental and cultural stewardship of Maunalua Bay at the first ever Memories of the Maile Room Gala. The enchanting evening included musical performances in honor of legendary musician Danny Keleikini, featuring Raʻiātea Helm and students of Kamehameha Schools. In addition, over 10 non-profit exhibitors showcased their conservation and climate work, and six community members received awards for their service.

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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

    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

    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

    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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    Families are Forever

    With plenty of onsite activities, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is the perfect island getaway for you and your keiki (children).

    Day 1: Fun In The Sun

    • Soak up the warm Hawaiian sunshine at our outdoor pool and hot tub. Rent a cabana for the day so you can lounge peacefully while the kids make a splash. With pool toys available for purchase, they’ll never run out of things to do! When you get hungry, there’s no need to go far. Enjoy a light meal at our poolside restaurant, Seaside Grill.
    • In the afternoon, get to know the playful Bottlenose Dolphins who live in our natural water lagoon. This experience is fun for the whole family, and you’ll get to feed, play and swim with these amazing creatures. Learn more about our partner, Dolphin Quest.
    • End the day with an oceanside dinner at Plumeria Beach House. Enjoy fresh island-inspired cuisine as you watch the sun dip below the horizon.

    Day 2: Explore Waikiki

    • In the morning, let the kids indulge their creativity at our weekly Hawaiian Culture Classes, which include lei making, lauhala weaving and more.* View the calendar.
    • While they learn, why not treat yourself to a relaxing Couples Massage at the Kahala Spa? We are proud to partner with Aloha Sitters to offer child-sitting services so you can give yourself a much-deserved break. View spa services.
    • After a quick lunch at Plumeria Beach House, hop on our complimentary shuttle to the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. From there, it’s a short walk to the Waikiki Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo where your family can spend the afternoon marveling at the creatures of the deep or meeting friendly beasts from around the world.
    • Head back to your room to freshen up and enjoy cocktails and dinner service at The Veranda. Enjoy live music from local musicians every Thursday - Saturday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Learn more.
      *Activities are subject to change. Please see our events calendar for more information.

    Day 3: Snorkel & Beach Adventure

    • Wake up bright and early to go snorkeling at the legendary Hanauma Bay. Please note that reservations must be made in advance to enter the park.
    • Return home to spend a golden afternoon on the secluded beach in front of our hotel, where the gentle waves are safe for all ages. For your convenience, we offer beach gear including snorkels and fins, bodyboards, kayaks and paddle boards.
    • Create lasting memories with a sunset photo session on the beach. As a guest, you can book a 45-minute photo shoot on our grounds with Pacific Dream Photography. Learn more.
    • Afterward, tuck into a delicious meal at Arancino’s, voted Best Italian Restaurant in Hawaii.

    Sunset Sweethearts

    The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a top destination for honeymoons and anniversaries. Celebrate your love with a romantic retreat to paradise.

    Day 1: Discover Kahala

    • Wake up to the relaxing Hawaiian tradewinds blowing through your suite and stunning views of the mountains or sea.
    • Don’t let this luxury go to waste. Order our Grand Breakfast service delivered to your door for one-of-a-kind breakfast in bed. View menu.
    • In the afternoon, rent a pair of our cruiser bikes to explore the beautiful neighborhood of Kahala and soak in the gorgeous views. Stop by Kahala Mall to browse the stores and recharge with a light meal or beverage, or see a movie.
    • Rest a while and freshen up, then change into your evening attire and make your way to The Veranda, our open-air dining room. Visit Thursday - Saturday to sip delicious Mai Tais while listening to live entertainment by Hawaii’s top local talent.

    Day 2: Indulge Your Senses

    • On your second day, rent a car at our on-property car rental desk and head west for a leisurely drive around Diamond Head. If it’s a Saturday, stop by the KCC Farmer’s Market to sample fresh produce and browse handcrafted gifts. Afterward, continue on to the eclectic neighborhood of Kaimuki, known for its vibrant art and food scene.
    • After returning for a short nap, head to the Kahala Spa for our signature Romance Treatment, which includes a customized full-body massage, a deep soak tub with rose petals and a soothing facial.
    • At sunset, head down to Hoku’s for a decadent four-course dinner. With views of the ocean and a selection of wine fines, it’s the perfect place end a night a paradise.

    Day 3: Lover’s Retreat

    • On your last morning, indulge in a late start to your day.
    • After brunch at Plumeria Beach House, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art for a guided tour of Shangri La, a historic Islamic-inspired estate perched on Black Point.
    • Return back home to rest, or read a good book by the pool.
    • At golden hour, take a romantic walk on our stunning shoreline, hand-in-hand. Have your cocktails hand-delivered from Seaside Grill as you enjoy happy hour on the beach.
    • For dinner, book a table for two at Arancino’s and savor the elegant flavors of Italy over a bottle of wine.