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Kahala Stories – In The News at The Kahala

Check out the latest and greatest happenings at The Kahala.

June 8, 2023
Hawaii News Now Sunrise at 6 a.m.

Foodie Fix

June 2, 2023
CNBC World

Secret Lives of the Super Rich

World Tea News

May 4, 2018
Houston Chronicle

Exploring Oahu: Five things to see and do featuring The Kahala and Plumeria Beach House

April 29, 2018
Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Dining Out

Features Hoku’s new menu and renovations on the cover of the Sunday edition of Dining Out.

April 24, 2018
KHON2’s Take2

Watch Chef Eric Oto introduce Hoku’s new menu and discuss the re-opening of the restaurant with KHON2.

March/April, 2018
Modern Luxury Hawaii

Features The Kahala in Letter from The Editor (page 22) and various page throughout the publication.

February 15, 2018
USA Today

Presidential stay: Hotels that hosted the commander in chief featuring The Kahala and Imperial Suite.

February 8, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle

Article and photo gallery about Polynesian navigation featuring Holokino Hawaii and The Kahala.

January 17, 2018
Honolulu Magazine features Chef Eric Oto of Hoku’s

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January 11, 2018
Golf Channel: PGA Tour GOLF China

Watch Pro Zhang Xinjun on Holokino Hawaii as featured on PGA Tour international platforms.

January 5, 2018
GOLF Magazine

Article and photo gallery featuring LPGA golf pro Michelle Wie, the “Most Stylish Woman in Golf.”
All photographs taken at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

January 4, 2018
KHON’s Living808’s Hawaii’s Kitchen 

Three feature TV segments on Hoku’s and Chef Eric Oto.

November 25, 2017
KITV 10:00pm Evening Newscast 

The Kahala Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony feature.

August 2, 2017
Hawaii News Now Sunrise

Howard Dicus’ Business Report featuring new Hoku’s Chef Eric Oto. View Video

August 2017
Marin Magazine

Chefs Speak Out: Hawaii Food and Wine Festival talent share their favorite spots. http://marinmagazine.com/August-2017/Chefs-Speak-Out/

July 26, 2017
CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

The Perfect Day in Honolulu:  “…head to the Kahala Resort & Hotel for a sailing canoe tour (exactly what it sounds like) with Holokino Hawai‘i. This tour is owned and operated by my friend Austin Kino, who is an apprentice navigator on Hōkūle‘a, a sailing canoe similar to those used by the ancient Polynesians. You’ll enjoy Captain Kino’s explanation of ahupua’a from the ocean, and his ability to point out the variety of seabirds that were once used to find signs of land by Polynesian navigators.” https://explorepartsunknown.com/hawaii/the-perfect-day-in-honolulu/

July 2017
CBS’ Watch!

12-page Cover story with NCIS star, Wilmer Valderrama in a photo spread at The Kahala, Feature on The Royal Pine drink and full-page feature on The Kahala Hotel & Resort. http://www.cbs.com/shows/watch_magazine/photos/1007668/get-a-little-slice-of-paradise-with-ncis-wilmer-valderrama/

July 20, 2017
Architectural Digest

9 Luxury Escapes for Animal Lovers: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/luxury-escapes-for-animal-lovers

July 4, 2017
Kathy Chan Food Blog

Afternoon Tea at The Kahala Hotel. https://www.kathyylchan.com/2017/07/04/hawaii-afternoon-tea-at-the-kahala-hotel-2/

June 27, 2017
The Zoe Report

The Ultimate Guide To The Hawaiian Islands featuring The Kahala as the place to stay on Oahu. http://thezoereport.com/living/travel/hawaii-travel-guide/#slide-6

May 2017
Diablo Magazine

Destination Oahu – Where to eat, stay, and play on this food and sun lover’s island paradise.

…The Kahala Hotel and Resort Up until Barack Obama, who vacationed with his family each winter at a private residence on Oahu, every president since Lyndon Johnson has stayed at The Kahala, and it’s easy to see why. The hotel feels far removed from the hubbub of Honolulu, yet it’s only 15 minutes from Waikiki Beach. Located in front of a country club and next to a public park, The Kahala offers its own beach and a 26,000-square-foot lagoon, with stingrays, dolphins, and fish—creating a setting more idyllic than the Hawaii of my imagination…http://www.diablomag.com/May-2017/Destination-Oahu/

May 1, 2017
Travel Channel – Top Resorts in Hawaii

Top Resorts in Hawaii Experience the utmost in luxury at these top resorts in Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort Situated between the volcanic tuff cones of Diamond Head and Koko Head, the Kahala Hotel & Resort provides a lavish, private paradise. Along with the 338 rooms and suites, 5 elegant restaurants and a world-class spa, this luxurious Hawaiian resort features exotic, lush tropical gardens and a private 26,000-square-foot lagoon with their own resident dolphins. http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/luxury/articles/top-resorts-in-hawaii

April 26, 2017
Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Crave’s TheBuzz featuring The Kahala’s Hoku’s sponsorship of the James Beard Foundation scholarships.

April 25, 2017
Passport (A Kiwi Collection publication) – Hotels on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Each year, Hawaii’s Green Business Awards salute the efforts of local businesses in promoting eco-friendly initiatives. Kahala Resort and Spa was recognized by the state in 2015 for its emphasis on conserving natural resources, minimizing waste, and raising environmental awareness among employees, guests, and the local community…https://www.kiwicollection.com/blog/hotels-on-the-front-lines-of-climate-change/34578

March 9, 2017

The Kahala Hotel & Resort was featured on Secret Lives of the Super Rich Season Finale. Secret Lives of the Super Rich is an American television series hosted by Robert Frank airing on CNBC. The series explores how wealthy people live, what they buy and how they travel.  

February 4, 2017
Verizon FiOS1 New York

The Kahala Hotel & Resort was featured on TV evening news segments broadcasted on Verizon FiOS1 New York’s 7:00pm and 10:00pm evening newscasts. Special appreciation to our gracious staff featured in the segments: Gerald Glennon our GM, Executive Chef Wayne Hirabiyashi, Recreation Director Spring Chang and Julie at Dolphin Quest.

February 5, 2017
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Dining Out Cover

Kama‘aina Cravings (pdf)

The Dining Out cover feature on Plumeria Beach House’s new Kama‘aina Thursdays and a sidebar on The Kahala’s Valentine’s Day offerings.

January 27, 2017
Pacific Business News

Collabration is The Key
Gerald Glennon on building a successful career in hospitality

A few months ago, Gerald Glennon became the general manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort, which was purchased by Resorttrust in 2014. PBN caught up with him to find out the biggest he’s made in business and the biggest reward of his job.

January 25, 2017
Travel Agent Central

Pitching Proposals: Hawaii Specialists Suggest the Most Romantic Spots to Pop the Question 

At the Beach at Kahala Resort in Honolulu During Sunrise Phil Petrulli, executive vice president of Holiday Travel International – American Express, told Travel Agent the best sunrise to get engaged to in all of Hawaii is the one at the beach at the The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu. “The Kahala offers a quiet, out-island experience away from the bustle and action of Waikiki,” he says. Be forewarned though, potential proposers can have their thunder stolen as it’s very possible to see some A-list celebrities here. Since its opening in 1964, the Kahala has continuously hosted world leaders and Hollywood icons.

January 20, 2017

Presidential Destinations: A Look at Our Former Leaders’ Hometowns

On August 4, 1961, President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where he attended Punahou School, the island’s top prep academy. Honolulu is Hawaii’s only true metropolis and offers visitors everything from exciting watersports to a mixed bag of international cuisines and Victorian-era brick buildings, including the nation’s only royal palace. There’s so much to do here it’s difficult to only pick a few activities, but some of our favorites include taking a helicopter tour of the island, enjoying a private tour of Pearl Harbor, hitting the greens at Ko‘olau Golf Club and shopping on the palm tree-lined Luxury Row featuring stores like Saint Laurent, Chanel and Tiffany & Co. Be sure to also take advantage of Hawaii’s gorgeous sunsets and charter a private 52-foot yacht for a day of snorkeling with sea turtles, tanning and watching the sky turn shades of orange, pink and purple in the evening.

January 18, 2017
USA Today

11 hotels favored by U.S. presidents featuring The Kahala

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii Built in 1964, this luxury hotel might be located in a posh Honolulu neighborhood, but it still manages to create a non-pretentious, family-friendly atmosphere. That’s not to say its pedigree isn’t impressive — not only was this the place where Liz Taylor and Richard Burton hid from the paparazzi after getting married (the first time) in 1964, but famous faces like Michael Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Snoop Dogg and every president since Lyndon B. Johnson have all rested their head here. And just in case you need reminding of the good company you’re in, make your way to the lobby, where you’ll find a Wall of Fame with framed photos of former guests.

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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.